11 days in Cuba Itinerary

11 days in Cuba Itinerary

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11 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Oslo, Norway
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Havana
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Train + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
2
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Varadero
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Oslo, Norway

6
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Paraiso and Sirena Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Malecón of Havana and Revolution Plaza. When in Havana, make a side trip to see Sea Turtle Hatchery in Cayo Largo, approximately Cayo Largo away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at El Morro, don't miss a visit to Old Square (Plaza Vieja), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Havana trip planner.

Oslo, Norway to Havana is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Oslo to Havana, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oslo in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Havana: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cayo Largo
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Cayo Media Luna, stroll through Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Havana to Cayo Guillermo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. July in Cayo Guillermo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Pilar
Playa Pilar
Cayo Guillermo ©
Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Media Luna ©
Cayo Media Luna

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Ancon Beach, examine the collection at Romance Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Topes de Collantes, and finally steep yourself in history at Valle de los Ingenios.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Trinidad day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cayo Guillermo to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In July in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Valle de los Ingenios ©
Valle de los Ingenios
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayos Blancos, then explore the world behind art at Mi Casa Beatles, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia Santa Elvira.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Varadero day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Trinidad to Varadero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cayos Blancos
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cayos Blancos ©
Cayos Blancos
Iglesia Santa Elvira ©
Iglesia Santa Elvira

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