52 days in Europe & Central America Itinerary

52 days in Europe & Central America Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 8 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 7 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 8 nights
Drive
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Shuttle
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San Jose, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Madrid, Spain — 4 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore Madrid's surroundings by going to Segovia (San Martin Church, Acueduct of Segovia, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Madrid, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Madrid trip planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Madrid is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jerusalem to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in September, with highs in Madrid at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Jaco (Jaco Beach, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Madrid to Manuel Antonio takes 16.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa, Costa Rica — 8 nights

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Teresa: Playa Quesera (in Paquera), Cabuya (Isla de Cabuya, Wild Sun Rescue Center, &more) and Tortuga Island (in Puntarenas). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa day trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco) and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, admire the natural beauty at Parque Central, and ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe trip app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.
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Parks · Nature · Spas · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua — 7 nights

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, and take in the exciting artwork at The Art Warehouse.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur online journey maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. In October in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.
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Granada, Nicaragua — 8 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, get great views at Mirador de Catarina, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mombacho Volcano National Preserve.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Granada tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monteverde travel planner.

You can drive from Granada to Monteverde in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.
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San Jose, Costa Rica — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally walk around Parque La Sabana.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Sat), ponder the design of Europuddle.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder tool.

Fly from San Jose to Zurich in 14.5 hours. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Jose to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in November: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 10°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, contemplate the long history of Asamkirche, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip website.

Fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Berlin.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, make a trip to Reichstag Building, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin route planner.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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