31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Royal Palace of Madrid and then examine the collection at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, then see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, then admire the landmark architecture of Plaza Mayor, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de Oriente.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online vacation planner .

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 September, plan for little chillier nights in Madrid, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral Primada
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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.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, museums, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, make a trip to Las Ramblas, admire the masterpieces at Museu Picasso, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Barcelona trip planner .

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Madrid in September since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

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.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, make a trip to Spanish Steps, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rome online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Rome takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rome, with lows of 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip app .

Getting from Rome to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in September, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

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You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva vacation maker site .

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

4
nights
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.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Buckingham Palace, walk around Hyde Park, take in the views from Tower Bridge, and take in panoramic vistas at Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our London tour itinerary app .

Getting from Geneva to London by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Geneva to London. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge

5
nights
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Take a break from Edinburgh with a short trip to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, browse the exhibits of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, take a tour of Royal Yacht Britannia, and learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Scotland.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Edinburgh journey tool .

Fly from London to Edinburgh in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from London in September, you will find days in Edinburgh are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Photography Tours
Edinburgh Castle ©
Edinburgh Castle
The Royal Mile ©
The Royal Mile

6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Venture out of the city with trips to Segovia (Acueduct of Segovia & Alcazar de Segovia). Enjoy Madrid some more: walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum of Spain, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid online tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Edinburgh to Madrid in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in October: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Segovia
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Puerta del Sol ©
Puerta del Sol

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