17 days in Cuba Itinerary

17 days in Cuba Itinerary

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17 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  10​h
1
Varadero
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Vinales
— 2 nights
3
Trinidad
— 6 nights
4
Holguin
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Varadero Golf Club and Coral Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cuevas de Bellamar and Puente de Bacunayagua. Change things up with these side-trips from Varadero: Matanzas (Pharmaceutical Museum & Parque de la Libertad). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia Santa Elvira, make a trip to Cueva de Ambrosio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Taller de Ceramica Artistica.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Varadero trip maker tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Varadero is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Varadero to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vinales.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Golf Club ©
Varadero Golf Club
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
Cuevas de Bellamar ©
Cuevas de Bellamar

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 3rd (Sat): Head underground at Palenque de los Cimarrones, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Jutias, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Palmarito. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Vinales and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vinales trip itinerary app .

Drive from Varadero to Vinales in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Vinales

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cueva del Palmarito, Cayo Jutias
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones
Horseback Riding Tours

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Topes de Collantes and Horseback Riding Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque el Cubano and Convento de San Francisco de Asis. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Sancti Spiritus (Iglesia Parroquial Mayor del Espiritu Santo & Trinidad de Cuba), Iglesia de San Juan Batista (in Remedios) and Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado (in Santa Clara). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Guanaroca Lagoon, view the masterpieces at Deustua Galeria Taller, make a trip to Ruinas de Ingenio San Isidro de los Destiladeros, and admire the striking features of Palacio de Valle.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad trip planner .

You can drive from Vinales to Trinidad in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Holguin.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, Iglesia de San Juan Batista, Topes de Collantes
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Horseback Riding Tours
Guanaroca Lagoon ©
Guanaroca Lagoon

3
nights
Holguin

Holguin ©
Not overly touristy, Holguin offers a different perspective on Cuban life, standing as a major city that doesn't seek to commercialize its past or cover itself in all inclusive resorts.
Relax by the water at Playa Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero. Escape the urban bustle at Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park and Cayo Saetia Island. There's much more to do: walk around BioParque Rocazul, don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Marqueta, and get great views at Hill of the Cross (Loma de la Cruz).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Holguin tour planner.

You can drive from Trinidad to Holguin in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cayo Largo.

Things to do in Holguin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fabrica de Organos
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Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park ©
Bahia de Naranjo Nature Park
Playa Esmeralda ©
Playa Esmeralda
Cayo Saetia Island ©
Cayo Saetia Island

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 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo and then head off the coast to Cayo Rico. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cayo Largo route planner .

Traveling by flight from Holguin to Cayo Largo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. In August in Cayo Largo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Largo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery
Cayo Rico ©
Cayo Rico
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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