21 days in Europe Itinerary

21 days in Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
8
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Hofkirche, Mt Pilatus, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip site .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Jose to Zurich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in May, expect nights in Zurich to be colder, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally pause for some photo ops at Sculpture De Violist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, then get your game on at Museumphoto, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary website .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to London.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, and then admire the masterpieces at National Gallery. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Buckingham Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westminster Abbey, then don't miss a visit to Big Ben, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read London online day trip planner .

You can fly from Amsterdam to London in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to London. In May, daytime highs in London are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Westminster Abbey ©
Westminster Abbey

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
On the 17th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then appreciate the history behind Moriskentanzer, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and finally ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich online holiday planner .

You can fly from London to Munich in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Munich. May in Munich sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and finally don't miss a visit to Trevi Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Spanish Steps, then steep yourself in history at Roman Forum, then explore the ancient world of Palatine Hill, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip maker site .

You can fly from Munich to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Munich in May: high temperatures in Rome hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

2
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Casa Batllo.

Make your Barcelona itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo Sorolla, stroll around Parque del Retiro, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and finally make a trip to Puerta del Sol. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, then examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Madrid journey planner.

You can take a train from Barcelona to Madrid in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Madrid is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
On the 26th (Tue), get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Madrid to Zurich by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors
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Zurich Succulent Plant Collection ©
Zurich Succulent Plant Collection

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