15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Playa Larga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Havana
— 1 night
End: Havana

2
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Neptune Statue, appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, and finally make a trip to Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de las Telecomunicaciones de la Habana "ETECSA" and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Havana trip planning site .

London, UK to Havana is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is minus 5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Havana at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Havana

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

2
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Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 16th (Mon), Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales and then Head underground at Cueva del Indio.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vinales trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Havana to Vinales takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas
Mural de la Prehistoria ©
Mural de la Prehistoria

3
nights
Playa Larga

Playa Larga ©
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Pigs, see the interesting displays at Museo Giron, and then walk around Cueva de los Peces. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Criadero De Cocodrilos, identify plant and animal life at Finca Fiesta Campesina, and then kick back and relax at Caleta Buena.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Playa Larga tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Vinales to Playa Larga in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Playa Larga sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs, Finca Fiesta Campesina
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Cueva de los Peces ©
Cueva de los Peces
Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Museo Giron ©
Museo Giron

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.
Trinidad is known for beaches, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, contemplate the long history of Valle de los Ingenios, and explore the activities along Salto de Javira.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Playa Larga to Trinidad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Trinidad de Cuba
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Cuevas de Bellamar). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varadero Beach, explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, stroll around Josone Park, and make a trip to Parque Central.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Varadero trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Trinidad to Varadero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Varadero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

1
night
Havana

Havana ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) and then make a trip to El Capitolio.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Havana attractions site .

You can drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havana

Museums
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El Capitolio ©
El Capitolio

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