17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Havana
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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 13th (Wed), stroll through Playa Pilar, stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Rocarena Climbing Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo trip builder site .

Vancouver, Canada to Cayo Guillermo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Cuba Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in November; daily highs in Cayo Guillermo reach 33°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Coco
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado ©

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trinidad: Cienfuegos (El Nicho Waterfalls, Parque Jose Marti, & more) and Santa Clara (Statue of Che Guevara Holding a Child & Che Guevara Mausoleum). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Valle de los Ingenios.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Trinidad attractions planning tool .

Getting from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cayo Guillermo in November, plan for little chillier nights in Trinidad, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Che Guevara Mausoleum ©
Che Guevara Mausoleum
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso and then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mal Tiempo, then kick back and relax at Sirena Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cayo Largo trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trinidad to Cayo Largo. In November, daytime highs in Cayo Largo are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Havana.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Valle de Vinales
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

7
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of El Morro.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Havana itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cayo Largo to Havana in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Havana when traveling from Cayo Largo in November, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Walking tours

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 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally walk around Josone Park. On your second day here, stroll through Cayos Blancos and then Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Varadero trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

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