26 days in Europe, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

26 days in Europe, Mexico & Central America Itinerary

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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Cancun, Mexico
— 6 nights
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Vilnius, Lithuania

— 3 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and stop by Uzupis.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vilnius road trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Lithuania, the closest major aiports are Vilnius International Airport and Kaunas International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Warsaw, Poland

— 5 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Vilnius to Warsaw by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Vilnius in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Warsaw, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Cancun.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Cancun, Mexico

— 6 nights
Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cancun: Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba), Palacio Municipal (in Valladolid) and Playa del Carmen (Scuba & Snorkeling, Xaman Ha Aviary, &more). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, observe the fascinating underwater world at Interactive Aquarium, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cancun trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Cancun takes 18 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Cancun is minus 6 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Warsaw in October, with highs in Cancun at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cancun

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 21:

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 4 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Cancun to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

San Jose, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 26th (Tue), stop by Biesanz Woodworks, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get the lay of the land with Carpe Chepe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

Start your trip to Manuel Antonio by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Jaco, Costa Rica

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip builder app.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Mexico travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling
Tailor-made for anyone seeking that traditional sun-and-sand experience, Mexico vacations allow visitors to explore nearly 10,000 km (6,200 mi) of picturesque coastlines. Idyllic beaches and favorable year-round weather aside, this diverse country with a rich pre-Colombian history allows tourists a chance to discover a fascinating cuisine, numerous archaeological sites, state-of-the-art museums, colonial-era haciendas, and outstanding examples of 21st-century architecture. Most visitors get to know the country by its cities, but if you want a well-rounded Mexico tour, spend some time exploring its jungles, cloud forests, Caribbean reefs, snowcapped volcanoes, vast deserts, and tranquil lagoons. Life is lived outdoors in Mexico, so wherever you go, don't forget to dine alfresco and stroll the country's colonial streets.

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.