17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

1
night
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, and then admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Madrid online road trip 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 April, you will find days in Madrid are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are much colder (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, stroll around Parc Guell, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Batllo. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, get to know the fascinating history of El Barri Gòtic, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Picasso.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Barcelona road trip planner.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Barcelona

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

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, explore the galleries of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul vacation planner.

Getting from Barcelona to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Barcelona in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Istanbul, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to Trevi Fountain, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, and finally have fun and explore at Welcome to Rome.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rome attractions planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Rome in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Rome, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Rome, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, then take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. April in Venice sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Staromestske namesti, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock, take in the views from Charles Bridge, then let the kids burn off some steam at Kampa Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Dancing House. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

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You can fly from Venice to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in April, expect Prague to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then stroll around Vondelpark. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then get your game on at Virtual Room.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Amsterdam to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

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

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