20 days in Central America & Europe Itinerary

20 days in Central America & Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Central America & Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Atenas, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
2
Madrid, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Fira, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Catania, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

1
night
Atenas, Costa Rica

Atenas ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Atenas itinerary maker site .

San Jose to Atenas is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In May, daily temperatures in Atenas can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Atenas

Outdoors
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El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

4
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), don't miss a visit to Puerta del Sol, and admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Madrid travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Atenas to Madrid with the Route module. Traveling from Atenas to Madrid, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Atenas in May: high temperatures in Madrid hover around 28°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) ©
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid

6
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
Go for a jaunt from Fira to Perissa to see Perissa Black Sand Beach about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Akrotiri, pause for some serene contemplation at Ekklisia Panagia Platsani, tour the water at your own pace with Alex Private Boat Rental, and stroll through Hiking Trail Fira - Oia.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Fira travel route planning website .

Getting from Madrid to Fira by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Fira due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Fira when traveling from Madrid in May, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Catania.

Things to do in Fira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oia, Megalochori, Akrotiri, Kamari, Imerovigli
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Akrotiri ©
Akrotiri
Amoudi Bay ©
Amoudi Bay

2
nights
Catania, Italy

Catania ©
The landscape surrounding Catania, a medieval city on Sicily's eastern coast, is dominated by Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at Herborarium Museum and then stop by Sicilian Wine Shop. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Piazza Duomo, then head outdoors with EtnaExcursion.it, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Villa Comunale.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Catania itinerary app .

Getting from Fira to Catania by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fira to Catania. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Catania

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa Comunale, EtnaExcursion.it
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EtnaExcursion.it ©
EtnaExcursion.it
Piazza Duomo ©
Piazza Duomo
Villa Comunale ©
Villa Comunale

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Spend the 9th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, explore and take pictures at Camp Nou, stroll through Park Guell, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barcelona trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Catania to Barcelona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Park Guell ©
Park Guell
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

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