8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cuba trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Havana
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Varadero
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive
4
Vinales
— 1 night
Drive to José Martí International Airport, Fly to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

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Havana

— 2 nights

Rome of the Caribbean

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, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Malecón of Havana, make a trip to Plaza de Armas, take a stroll through Christopher Columbus Cemetery (Cemetario de Colon), and contemplate the long history of El Morro.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip planner.

New Orleans, USA to Havana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Cuba Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from New Orleans in December: highs in Havana hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Varadero

— 2 nights
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 29th (Wed): stroll through Varadero Beach, walk around Josone Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Saturno, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Delfinario, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardenas Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cayos Blancos, then delve into the distant past at Cueva de Ambrosio, then see the interesting displays at House of Rum, and finally get your bearings at Convention Center Plaza America.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Varadero trip planner.

You can drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Varadero sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trinidad

— 1 night
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 31st (Fri): kick back and relax at Ancon Beach, make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and then make a trip to Trinidad de Cuba.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Trinidad journey planning website.

Getting from Varadero to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Trinidad, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Vinales.

Things to do in Trinidad

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Vinales

— 1 night
Offering a taste of authentic rural life, Vinales remains a small agricultural town, dominated by surrounding low mountain ranges.
On the 1st (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Vinales, then don't miss a visit to Mural de la Prehistoria, and then admire the verdant scenery at Valle de Vinales.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vinales sightseeing planner.

Drive from Trinidad to Vinales in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Trinidad in January, Vinales is a bit cooler at night with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vinales

Parks · Nature

Cuba travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba lies just 140 km (90 mi) south of Florida and captivates a growing number of Western visitors with its tropical landscapes and cultural attractions. Sightseeing in Cuba inevitably begins in Havana, a city of photogenic architecture, lively nightlife, and a passion for baseball. The country's smaller colonial towns usually feature central squares, ideal places to meet the locals under wrought-iron street lamps. Savvy visitors escape the cities during their Cuba holidays, devoting plenty of time to the country's charming countryside, where you can get the feel for this diverse land by conversing with friendly tobacco farmers and small-scale fruit producers.