15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Havana
1
Havana
— 5 nights
2
Varadero
— 5 nights
3
Havana
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Las Terrazas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Vinales
— 2 nights
End: Havana

5
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Visit El Malecon and Old Square (Plaza Vieja) for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Santa Maria del Mar and Playas de Este. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Havana day trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are José Martí International Airport, Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport and Vilo Acuña International Airport. In December in Havana, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Malecon ©
El Malecon
Old Square (Plaza Vieja) ©
Old Square (Plaza Vieja)

5
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.
Do your shopping at Lolo Galeria-Taller and Artecru. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pharmaceutical Museum and House of Rum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varadero: Cardenas Cathedral (in Cardenas) and Matanzas (Ediciones Vigia & Cuevas de Bellamar). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, walk around Josone Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Coral Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Varadero trip builder tool .

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno

few
hours
Havana

Havana ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Museo del Ron Havana Club, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Havana Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Wifredo Lam Center.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Havana travel route planner.

Drive from Varadero to Havana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Las Terrazas.

Things to do in Havana

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo del Ron Havana Club ©
Museo del Ron Havana Club
Havana Cathedral
Havana Cathedral
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

2
nights
Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas ©
To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Las Terrazas trip planner .

You can drive from Havana to Las Terrazas in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Las Terrazas sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Las Terrazas

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Salto de Sorao
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Salto de Sorao ©
Salto de Sorao
Las Terrazas Complex ©
Las Terrazas Complex

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): Head underground at Cuevas de Santo Tomas, make a trip to Mural de la Prehistoria, then Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones, and finally appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Head underground at Cueva del Indio, and then kick back and relax at Cayo Jutias.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vinales journey builder app .

Getting from Las Terrazas to Vinales by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vinales are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Jutias
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cuevas de Santo Tomas ©
Cuevas de Santo Tomas

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