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
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
9
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Zurich. Traveling from San Jose in May, expect nights in Zurich to be cooler, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
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Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Hans Waldmann Statue ©
Hans Waldmann Statue

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: The Matterhorn (in Zermatt) and Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trummelbach Gletscherwasserfalle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bern, Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch, The Matterhorn
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

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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.
On the 12th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Interlaken to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Buckingham Palace.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read London trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Paris to London in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paris to London due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in London

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

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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 15th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. On the next day, make a trip to De Nieuwe Kerk, get your game on at Museumphoto, then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from London to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Amsterdam is 1 hour. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Munich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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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 18th (Mon), explore the activities along English Garden, then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Moriskentanzer, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum and then get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Munich, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.

Things to do in Munich

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

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Prassede, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, and then explore the ancient world of Colosseum.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rome visit planner.

Fly from Munich to Rome in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Munich in May, with highs in Rome at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): pick up some local products at La Boqueria, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, then make a trip to Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally walk around Parc Guell. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera and then take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Barcelona trip app.

Fly from Rome to Barcelona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 24th (Sun), walk around Parque del Retiro, then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and then contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Madrid is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning app .

You can fly from Madrid to Zurich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Madrid in May; daily highs in Zurich reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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