14 days in Europe Itinerary

14 days in Europe Itinerary

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14 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 20th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich vacation planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to Zurich is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Jose in April; daily highs in Zurich reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 22nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Zurich to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zurich to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in April, you will find days in Goreme are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kocabag Winery
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme ©
Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme
Kocabag Winery ©
Kocabag Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, and finally wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul vacation builder website .

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a stroll through Old Town and then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik route tool .

Fly from Istanbul to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Dubrovnik is minus 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Wine Tours & Tastings

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Eiffel Tower. Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, take a stroll through Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take a stroll through Schanzengraben Canal, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Niederdorf, then explore the world behind art at Rietberg Museum, and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Paris to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Altstadt Luzern
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

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