26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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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, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  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, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, 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 maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Madrid trip planning app.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 15-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

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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 Las Ramblas and Museu Picasso. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Barcelona trip planner.

Traveling by train from Madrid to Barcelona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in December, 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 Historic Sites Parks
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Las Ramblas ©
Las Ramblas
Barcelona Cathedral ©
Barcelona Cathedral

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, Sainte-Chapelle, and other attractions. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Île de la Cité and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris online vacation planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Paris by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; 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
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Vondelpark, The Oude Church, Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and other attractions. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anne Frank House and Red Light District. Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary website.

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 4.5 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
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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 Peggy Guggenheim Collection are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica di San Marco and Piazza San Marco. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Venice tour website.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Venice in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
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 of Santa Croce, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gallerie Degli Uffizi and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You'll explore and learn at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Pitti Palace. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, contemplate the long history of Basilica San Miniato al Monte, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Florence road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Venice to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Florence Academy of Fine Arts ©
Florence Academy of Fine Arts

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 Palatine Hill for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, and see the interesting displays at Stanze di Raffaello.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rome day trip planner.

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2.5 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
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica ©
St. Peter's Basilica

1
day
Madrid, Spain

Madrid
For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Madrid route website.

Traveling by flight from Rome to Madrid takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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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