21 days in Colombia, Costa Rica & Greece Itinerary

21 days in Colombia, Costa Rica & Greece Itinerary

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21 days in Colombia, Costa Rica & Greece Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  16​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
5
Mykonos Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
End: Athens, Greece

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de La Trinidad, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santo Toribio, kick back and relax at Playa de Bocagrande, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo de Santo Domingo, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Fernandez Madrid, and finally look for gifts at La Casa del Joyero.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cartagena holiday planner.

Athens, Greece to Cartagena is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Colombia Time (COT) is minus 7 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Athens in March: high temperatures in Cartagena hover around 37°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Templo de Santo Domingo ©
Templo de Santo Domingo
Playa de Bocagrande ©
Playa de Bocagrande
Iglesia de Santo Toribio ©
Iglesia de Santo Toribio

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and stroll through Bogarin Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Cartagena to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Cartagena to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 27th (Fri), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bogota.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Espadilla Norte
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spas
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Get in touch with nature at Bioparque La Reserva and Cascada La Chorrera. Step off the beaten path and head to Plaza de los Comuneros and Catedral Diocesana. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia El lugar de Su Presencia, wander the streets of Zona G Bogota, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de la Tercera Orden.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bogota trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Manuel Antonio to Bogota in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Bogota. March in Bogota sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mykonos Town.

Things to do in Bogota

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zipaquira, Cascada La Chorrera, Bioparque La Reserva, Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros
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Basilica Del Señor de los Milagros ©
Zona G Bogota ©
Zona G Bogota
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana

2
nights
Mykonos Town, Greece

A holiday in Mykonos Town offers a chance to relax on picturesque beaches and explore a labyrinth of charming streets lined with traditional white houses.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panayia Tourliani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Paleokastro, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, explore the ancient world of House of Dionysus, then explore the ancient world of Avenue of the Lions, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint George, and finally kick back and relax at Kapari Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mykonos Town online trip planner .

You can fly from Bogota to Mykonos Town in 15.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Bogota to Mykonos Town due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bogota in March, expect nights in Mykonos Town to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Mykonos Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Delos, Mykonos, Speed Boats Tours, Monastery of Panayia Tourliani
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Speed Boats Tours
Kapari Beach ©
Kapari Beach
Monastery of Panayia Tourliani ©
Monastery of Panayia Tourliani

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Potamos Beach, stroll the grounds of Zeitenlik, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Mykonos Town to Thessaloniki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Thessaloniki when traveling from Mykonos Town in April, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Zeitenlik
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Zeitenlik ©
Zeitenlik
Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos ©
Church of Panagia Acheiropoietos ©

1
night
Kalambaka, Greece

Kalambaka ©
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Koursoum Mosque, wander the streets of Old City of Trikala, take in the views from Stone Bridge Gate, examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, then see the interesting displays at Hellenic Culture Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kalambaka tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Thessaloniki in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Kalambaka, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Trikala
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Old City of Trikala ©
Old City of Trikala
Koursoum Mosque ©
Koursoum Mosque

2
nights
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Itea Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Agios Nikolaos Church, then explore the fascinating underground world of Corycian Cave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): explore the galleries of Hani of Gravia, then examine the collection at Bread Museum of Amfiklia, then delve into the distant past at Oracle of Trophonius, and finally explore the ancient world of The Temple of Apollo.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Delphi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Delphi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Delphi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Athens.

Things to do in Delphi

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arachova, Itea Beach, Apollo temple, Oracle of Trophonius, Bread Museum of Amfiklia
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Corycian Cave ©
Corycian Cave
Apollo temple ©
Apollo temple
Hani of Gravia ©
Hani of Gravia

4
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lion Gate and Church of Kapnikarea. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Citadel and Treasury of Atreus and Theater of Dionysus. Venture out of the city with trips to Nafplio (Church of Agios Spyridonas & Church of Ayios Georgios). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Ancient Agora of Athens, pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, examine the collection at Hellenic Motor Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of St. George.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Athens online itinerary planner .

Drive from Delphi to Athens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Delphi in April since evenings lows in Athens dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Nafplio, Mycenae
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Lion Gate ©
Lion Gate
Citadel and Treasury of Atreus
Citadel and Treasury of Atreus
Stoa of Attalos ©
Stoa of Attalos

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