16 days in Cuba Itinerary

16 days in Cuba Itinerary

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16 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
Fly:  13 h
1
Havana
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Cayo Largo
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Reykjavik

6
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Step out of the city life by going to Las Terrazas Complex and Playas de Este. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of El Malecon, make a trip to El Capitolio, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), and stroll the grounds of Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Havana driving holiday planner .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Cuba Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Reykjavik in June; daily highs in Havana reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Las Terrazas Complex
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Las Terrazas Complex ©
Las Terrazas Complex

2
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, kick back and relax at Cayo Blanco, and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Saturno Cave, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Varadero travel planning tool .

Getting from Havana to Varadero by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Varadero sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

3
nights
Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo ©
The stress of modern life feels a million miles away when you holiday on Cayo Largo, a small and unspoiled resort island off the coast of Cuba.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Paraiso and El Torreon Nursery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sirena Beach and Playa Blanca Beach. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Mal Tiempo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cayo Largo attractions tool .

Fly from Varadero to Cayo Largo in 3 hours. In July in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Built on sugar and seemingly preserved in molasses, the town of Trinidad attracts visitors with its well-aged 19th century architecture and rustic charm, showcasing the sounds, scents, and sights of days gone by.
On the 7th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, then examine the collection at Romance Museum, then see the interesting displays at Colonial Architecture Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Topes de Collantes. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de San Francisco de Asis, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cayo Largo to Trinidad. In July, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

1
night
Cayo Guillermo

Cayo Guillermo
A kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Guillermo has become a popular international tourist destination, buoyed by the construction of luxury all inclusive resorts that dot the paradisal island.
On the 9th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Pilar.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cayo Guillermo trip planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Cayo Guillermo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

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