24 days in Europe, South America & Central America Itinerary

24 days in Europe, South America & Central America Itinerary

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24 days in Europe, South America & Central America Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 day
Fly:  12​h 45​min
2
Bogota, Colombia
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Panama City, Panama
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Coban, Guatemala
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
7
Cologne, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
day
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 17th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam vacation site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in September, expect Amsterdam to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Bogota.

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
Vondelpark ©
Vondelpark

3
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.
Step out of Bogota to go to Zipaquira and see Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in the awesome beauty at Monserrate, and stop by Vitrina Guayca.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bogota online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Bogota by flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Colombia Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, plan for little chillier nights in Bogota, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Highlights from your plan
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

3
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capilla San Jose, then make a trip to Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), and then don't miss a visit to Panama Canal. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Panama La Vieja, then get engrossed in the history at Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Casco Viejo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Panama City trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Bogota to Panama City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. When traveling from Bogota in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Panama City, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

1
night
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra, explore the world behind art at Palacio Nacional, and then browse the different shops at Paseo Cayala. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, see the interesting displays at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, and then learn more about the world around you at Museo Popol Vuh.

Plan trip to Guatemala City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Panama City to Guatemala City by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Guatemala City is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Panama City in September, with highs in Guatemala City at 28°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coban.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Palacio Nacional ©
Palacio Nacional
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena ©
Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
Museo Popol Vuh ©
Museo Popol Vuh

4
nights
Coban, Guatemala

Coban ©
Located at the center of one of the country's primary coffee growing areas, the affluent city of Coban offerss a scattered few cultural attractions, a relaxed and welcoming vibe, and proximity to a wealth of natural highlights.
Step out of Coban to go to Lanquin and see Lanquin Caves, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Orquigonia, take in the dramatic natural features at Grottes de la Candelaria, contemplate the waterfront views at Grutas del Rey Marcos, and explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional Grutas de Lanquin.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Coban route planning tool .

Drive from Guatemala City to Coban in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Guatemala City.

Things to do in Coban

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lanquin Caves
Highlights from your plan
Orquigonia ©
Orquigonia
Biotopo del Quetzal ©
Biotopo del Quetzal
Grutas del Rey Marcos ©
Grutas del Rey Marcos

6
nights
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Convento de las Capuchinas, & more). Explore Guatemala City further: admire nature's wide array of creatures at La Aurora Zoo, see the interesting displays at Museo del Ferrocarril, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Francisco, and get a sense of history and politics at Edificio de Correos Central.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Guatemala City trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Coban to Guatemala City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Antigua
Highlights from your plan
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

4
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Burg Eltz (in Wierschem). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Kolner Dom, don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, and find something for the whole family at Phantasialand.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne trip itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Guatemala City to Cologne with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Guatemala City to Cologne is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Guatemala City in October: high temperatures in Cologne hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Burg Eltz, Reichsburg Cochem, Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Kolner Dom ©
Kolner Dom
Burg Eltz ©
Burg Eltz

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