19 days in Europe Itinerary

19 days in Europe Itinerary

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19 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  13​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amsterdam, use our trip itinerary maker.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In June, Amsterdam is a bit cooler than San Jose - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), explore the activities along Oslofjord, explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, and walk around Vigelandsparken.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oslo online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Oslo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in Oslo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Kon-Tiki Museum ©
Kon-Tiki Museum

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Oslo to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Tivoli Gardens, explore the historical opulence of Rosenborg Castle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Copenhagen travel route planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Copenhagen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Mt Pilatus, & more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary planner .

Getting from Copenhagen to Zurich by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Copenhagen, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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