16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica


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3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich online trip builder .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Jose to Zurich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in December, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
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.
On the 30th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville and then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Oude Griffie, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. On your second day here, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

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You can drive from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. January in Bruges sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Nature
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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.
You've added Zaanse Schans, Muiderslot, Amsterdam Boat Experience, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, take a stroll through Red Light District, then step into the grandiose world of Muiderslot, then choose your vessel at Amsterdam Boat Experience, and finally take in the views from Magere Brug.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Muiderslot, Zaanse Schans
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Muiderslot ©
Muiderslot
Red Light District ©
Red Light District
Willet-Holthuysen Museum ©
Willet-Holthuysen Museum

2
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then stroll through Blumental Panorama Trail, then don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, then hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take a stroll through Alpiglen.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald online driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Amsterdam to Grindelwald. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Kleine Scheidegg
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
On the 9th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then don't miss a visit to Limmatquai.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich holiday website .

Drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Spas
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Limmatquai ©
Limmatquai
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain
Spas

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