26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
6
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
7
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 1 day
Fly:  25​h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Palace of Madrid, Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and other attractions you added. Plaza Mayor and Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Prado National Museum and Gay Madrid & the Chueca District.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planning app .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in December, things will get much colder in Madrid: highs are around 14°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Barcelona Cathedral, Frederic Mares Museum (Museu Frederic Mares), Casa Batllo, and other attractions you added. Get a sense of the local culture at Museu Picasso and Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Las Ramblas.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona travel planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Barcelona, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Barcelona

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral
Museu Picasso ©
Museu Picasso

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palace of Versailles, Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle, and other attractions. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: head off the coast to Île de la Cité.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris online vacation planner .

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in December, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Vondelpark, The Oude Church, Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and other attractions. Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and The Jordaan. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Red Light District and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary website .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ca' Rezzonico, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Visitazione - dei Gesuati, and other attractions. Popular historic sites such as Doge's Palace and St Mark's Campanile are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Gallerie dell'Accademia. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande.

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Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

3
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Piazza della Repubblica, Basilica di Santa Croce, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gallerie Degli Uffizi and The Baptistery of St. John. You'll explore and learn at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery and Pitti Palace. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Florence itinerary website .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Venice in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Florence: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Basilica di Santa Sabina, Circus Maximus, National Gallery of Ancient Art in Barberini Palace, and other attractions. Visit Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and Galleria Borghese. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria della Vittoria, and contemplate the long history of Roman Forum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Rome can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

1
day
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Madrid route website .

Traveling by flight from Rome to Madrid takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Nightlife Tours Historic Sites
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