22 days in Cuba Itinerary

22 days in Cuba Itinerary

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22 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  10​h
1
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Havana
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Cayo Guillermo
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Santiago de Cuba
— 3 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  16​h
End: Vancouver

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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mi Casa Beatles. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cayos Blancos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at House of Rum.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Varadero day trip app .

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. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Vancouver in December, with highs in Varadero at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Havana.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Pharmaceutical Museum ©
Pharmaceutical Museum

9
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Your inner history buff will appreciate El Malecon and Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon). Let the collections at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion) and Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba capture your imagination. Explore Havana's surroundings by going to Las Terrazas Complex (in Las Terrazas) and Cayo Largo (Playa Paraiso, Sea Turtle Hatchery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Old Havana and steep yourself in history at Plaza de San Francisco.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Havana trip planning website .

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. December in Havana sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cayo Largo, Las Terrazas Complex
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Old Havana ©
Old Havana
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Valle de los Ingenios and Ancon Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo de Historia Municipal and Romance Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Parque Jose Marti in Cienfuegos (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Topes de Collantes, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie D'Art Calleyro, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad trip planner .

Drive from Havana to Trinidad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Jose Marti, Topes de Collantes
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Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Pilar and Cayo Guillermo. Change things up with these side-trips from Cayo Guillermo: Cayo Coco (Rocarena Climbing Center & Birdwatching with Paulino Lopez Delgado).

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cayo Guillermo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Coco
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo

3
nights
Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba ©
Santiago de Cuba has taken almost as much influence from Haiti and the Dominican Republic as it has from Havana, distilling a concoction of cultures to create a city with a distinct identity.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio Santa Ifigenia, steep yourself in history at Moncada Barracks, then get engrossed in the history at Casa de Diego Velazquez, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Emilio Bacardi Moreau Museum, then don't miss a visit to Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, and then explore and take pictures at La Gran Piedra (The Big Rock).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Santiago de Cuba itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cayo Guillermo to Santiago de Cuba in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In January in Santiago de Cuba, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de Cuba

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Cementerio Santa Ifigenia ©
Cementerio Santa Ifigenia
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca ©
Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca
Casa de Diego Velazquez ©
Casa de Diego Velazquez

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