8 days in Cuba Itinerary

8 days in Cuba Itinerary

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8 days in Cuba Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Havana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Varadero
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Trinidad
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Cayo Guillermo
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Toronto

4
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 classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to El Malecon, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion), explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes de Cuba, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Havana.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Havana trip app .

Toronto, Canada to Havana is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Havana hover around 32°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

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

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Delfinario, Head underground at Cueva de Saturno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Varadero Beach, and finally walk around Josone Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Varadero vacation planner.

Getting from Havana to Varadero by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Trinidad.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Cueva de Saturno ©
Cueva de Saturno
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Topes de Collantes, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ancon Beach, then see the interesting displays at Romance Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Trinidad online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Varadero to Trinidad takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Varadero in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cayo Guillermo.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Topes de Collantes
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Ancon Beach ©
Ancon Beach
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor
Topes de Collantes ©
Topes de Collantes

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cayo Guillermo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Pilar.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cayo Guillermo journey maker site .

Getting from Trinidad to Cayo Guillermo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Trinidad in January, expect little chillier with lows of 23°C in Cayo Guillermo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cayo Guillermo

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

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