22 days in Europe Itinerary

22 days in Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Florence, Italy
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Fira, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planning website .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Paris is 7 hours. Traveling from San Jose in September, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Venice, Italy

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.
Step out of Venice to go to Padua and see Scrovegni Chapel, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, make a trip to Piazza San Marco, and admire the masterpieces at Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Venice travel route website .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Venice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, Venice is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Florence.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Scrovegni Chapel
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Leaning Tower of Pisa (in Pisa) and Siena (Basilica Cateriniana Di S. Domenico & Scuola di Cucina di Lella). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace, and take in panoramic vistas at Campanile di Giotto.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Florence day trip planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Florence in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Florence sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Siena, Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Scuola di Cucina di Lella ©
Scuola di Cucina di Lella
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©

3
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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, and ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rome online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Florence to Rome in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Athens travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Rome to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Rome to Athens, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rome in September since evenings lows in Athens dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

2
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri. Here are some ideas for day two: ride a horse along Santo Horse Riding, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel, and finally explore the activities along Amoudi Bay.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fira planner .

Fly from Athens to Fira in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Fira can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Fira

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oia, Akrotiri, Panagia Theoskepasti Chapel
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lake Lucerne). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning site .

You can fly from Fira to Zurich in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Zurich. In September, Zurich is slightly colder than Fira - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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