35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 16 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Avila, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Fermoselle, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Astitz, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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16
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 Puerta de Alcala as well as Palacio De Cristal. Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and Royal Palace of Madrid. Your inner history buff will appreciate Plaza Mayor and Alcazar of Segovia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madrid: Toledo (El Transito Synagogue and Sephardic Museum, Museo del Greco, & more), Segovia (Catedral de Segovia, Padres Carmelitas, & more) and Finca El Pino (in Brunete). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, get engrossed in the history at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, and walk around Parque del Retiro.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Madrid attractions planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Madrid is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from San Jose to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in July, you will find days in Madrid are somewhat warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avila.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, Finca El Pino
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

2
nights
Avila, Spain

Avila ©
The Four Posts has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the striking features of Basilica de San Vicente, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Mosen Rubi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, and finally contemplate the long history of Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Four Posts, trek along Calzada medieval Puerto del Pico, then contemplate the long history of Casco Historico de Avila, and finally contemplate the long history of The Walls of Avila.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Avila trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Madrid to Avila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Madrid in August, with highs in Avila at 36°C and lows at 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fermoselle.

Things to do in Avila

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Calzada medieval Puerto del Pico, Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Basilica de San Vicente ©
Basilica de San Vicente

1
night
Fermoselle, Spain

Fermoselle ©
You've now added Parque Natural Arribes del Duero to your itinerary. On the 6th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Arribes del Duero.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Fermoselle trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Avila to Fermoselle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Astitz.

Things to do in Fermoselle

Wildlife Parks
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Parque Natural Arribes del Duero ©
Parque Natural Arribes del Duero

2
nights
Astitz, Spain

Astitz ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monte Igueldo as well as Cuevas de Zugarramurdi. On the 7th (Wed), Head underground at Cuevas de Zugarramurdi and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Cuevas de Astitz.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Astitz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fermoselle to Astitz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Astitz sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Astitz

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cuevas de Zugarramurdi, Monte Igueldo
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Monte Igueldo ©
Monte Igueldo
Cuevas de Zugarramurdi ©
Cuevas de Zugarramurdi

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Let the collections at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese capture your imagination. Take a break from Rome with a short trip to Villa Adriana in Tivoli, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, make a trip to Roman Forum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Louis of the French, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rome trip itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Astitz to Rome. Traveling from Astitz in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vatican City, Villa Adriana
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Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, and finally snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Venice hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Zunfthaus zur Meisen. Visit Old Town and Grossmunster for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Venice in August, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Ile Saint-Louis, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris route planner .

Fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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