18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
Rome, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Barcelona, Spain
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
8
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

2
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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at National Gallery, walk around St. James's Park, contemplate the long history of Westminster Abbey, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the London trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to London is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from San Jose in April, expect London to be colder, temps between 15°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Tower Bridge ©
Tower Bridge
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from London to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Museumphoto, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:
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Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get your game on at WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin, and then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin road trip tool.

Getting from Amsterdam to Berlin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Fun & Games
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WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin ©
WINDOBONA Indoor Skydiving Berlin
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, make a trip to Staromestske namesti, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then let little ones run wild at Kampa Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Petrinska rozhledna. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Prague vacation planner.

You can drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Prague are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 17:
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Galleria Borghese, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, then explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Navona, then browse the exhibits of Welcome to Rome, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Rome in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in April, with highs in Rome at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, don't miss a visit to Palau Guell, then stroll around Parc Guell, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

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Traveling by flight from Rome to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Madrid.

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
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 22nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, admire the natural beauty at Real Jardin Botanico, and then admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Plaza Mayor, then make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then admire the striking features of Royal Palace of Madrid.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planner.

Traveling by train from Barcelona to Madrid takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Madrid, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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