15 days in Cuba Itinerary

15 days in Cuba Itinerary

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15 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Florence
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Vinales
— 1 night
2
Havana
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Cayo Largo
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Florence

1
night
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 15th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Palenque de los Cimarrones, then appreciate the views at Valle de Vinales, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Cayo Levisa and then stroll through Cayo Jutias.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vinales travel itinerary planner .

Florence, Italy to Vinales is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Florence to Vinales. Traveling from Florence in August, Vinales is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Havana.

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Cayo Levisa, Cayo Jutias
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Valle de Vinales ©
Valle de Vinales
Cayo Jutias ©
Cayo Jutias
Cayo Levisa ©
Cayo Levisa

6
nights
Havana

Havana ©
Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Havana is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, beaches, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to El Malecon, contemplate the long history of Old Square (Plaza Vieja), get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion).

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Havana holiday planner .

You can drive from Vinales to Havana in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cayo Largo.

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Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Plaza de la Catedral ©
Plaza de la Catedral
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Sirena Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Paraiso and then kick back and relax at Playa Mal Tiempo.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cayo Largo trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Havana to Cayo Largo in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cayo Largo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Varadero.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Paraiso ©
Playa Paraiso
Sirena Beach ©
Sirena Beach
Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Hatchery

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 25th (Sun): walk around Josone Park, Head underground at Saturno Cave, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, Head underground at Cuevas de Bellamar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Blanco.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Varadero route website .

Traveling by flight from Cayo Largo to Varadero takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

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Matanzas
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

1
day
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 27th (Tue): head off the coast to Cayo Media Luna, then kick back and relax at Cayo Guillermo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Pilar.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cayo Guillermo trip maker site .

You can drive from Varadero to Cayo Guillermo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Cayo Guillermo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

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