19 days in Cuba Itinerary

19 days in Cuba Itinerary

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19 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Varadero
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h
2
Playa Larga
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cienfuegos
— 1 night
5
Vinales
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Las Terrazas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Varadero
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Brussels

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Valle Canimar, view the masterpieces at Lolo Galeria-Taller, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cardenas Cathedral. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a taste of the local shopping with Taller de Ceramica Artistica, identify plant and animal life at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally stop by Plaza Las Morlas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Varadero online vacation planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Varadero is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Brussels to Varadero due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in September, with highs in Varadero at 37°C and lows at 25°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa Larga.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matanzas, Cardenas Cathedral
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Coral Beach ©
Coral Beach
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve ©
Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

2
nights
Playa Larga

Playa Larga ©
On the 11th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Criadero De Cocodrilos, look for all kinds of wild species at Finca Fiesta Campesina, and then walk around Cueva de los Peces. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museo Giron, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Caleta Buena, and then explore the activities along Bay of Pigs.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Larga online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from Varadero to Playa Larga in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Trinidad.

Things to do in Playa Larga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Giron, Bay of Pigs, Finca Fiesta Campesina
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Criadero De Cocodrilos ©
Criadero De Cocodrilos
Bay of Pigs ©
Bay of Pigs
Museo Giron ©
Museo Giron

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 13th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Valle de los Ingenios, view the masterpieces at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, then get outside with Parque Guanayara, and then take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Trinidad itinerary planner .

You can drive from Playa Larga to Trinidad in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cienfuegos.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Topes de Collantes, Parque Guanayara, Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos
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Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios

1
night
Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos ©
The city of Cienfuegos sits in a scenic natural bay, attracting visitors from across the country and further afield since its establishment in the early 19th century.
On the 15th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Rancho Luna Beach, wander the streets of Punta Gorda, contemplate the long history of Palacio de Valle, then admire the landmark architecture of Ferrer Palace, and finally shop like a local with Galeria Santiago Hermes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cienfuegos trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Trinidad to Cienfuegos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Cienfuegos are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Vinales.

Things to do in Cienfuegos

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Palacio de Valle ©
Palacio de Valle
Rancho Luna Beach ©
Rancho Luna Beach
Punta Gorda ©
Punta Gorda

2
nights
Vinales

Vinales ©
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
Plan a Vinales trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Cienfuegos to Vinales in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. September in Vinales sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Las Terrazas.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayo Jutias
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Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Palenque de los Cimarrones ©
Palenque de los Cimarrones

1
night
Las Terrazas

Las Terrazas ©
On the 18th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Salto de Sorao, then explore the historical opulence of Castillo en Las Nubes, and then admire the natural beauty at Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Terrazas trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vinales to Las Terrazas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vinales in September, expect nights in Las Terrazas to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Las Terrazas

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Soroa
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Castillo en Las Nubes ©
Castillo en Las Nubes
Salto de Sorao ©
Salto de Sorao
Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden ©
Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden

4
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Malecon and Old Havana. Visiting Las Terrazas Complex and Playas de Este will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Casa Museo de Polo Montanez in Las Terrazas (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Havana tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Las Terrazas
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
El Malecon ©
El Malecon

2
nights
Varadero

Varadero ©
On the 23rd (Mon), shop like a local with Taller de Ceramica Artistica and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Varadero trip planner .

Traveling by car from Havana to Varadero takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cardenas, Matanzas
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Coral Beach ©
Coral Beach
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira
Scuba & Snorkeling

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