22 days in England, Turkey & Costa Rica Itinerary

22 days in England, Turkey & Costa Rica Itinerary

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22 days in England, Turkey & Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
London, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bath, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
York, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  9​h 15​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
5
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

4
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at Victoria and Albert Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from London Eye, and get a sense of history and politics at Houses of Parliament.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the London planning site .

San Jose, Costa Rica to London is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from San Jose to London. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Jose in March; daily highs in London reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bath.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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National Gallery ©
National Gallery
Natural History Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

2
nights
Bath, United Kingdom

A World Heritage Site, Bath has been one of Europe’s most popular spa destinations since the Roman era.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for gifts at Emma Rose Art Works, get engrossed in the history at The Roman Baths, then savor the flavors at Fudge Kitchen, and finally admire the striking features of Assembly Rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): stop by Mr B's Emporium Of Reading Delights, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to St Mary's Churchyard, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Little Solsbury Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bath trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from London to Bath by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to York.

Things to do in Bath

Museums Parks Nature
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Walking tours
The Roman Baths ©
The Roman Baths
Bath Abbey ©
Bath Abbey

3
nights
York, United Kingdom

York ©
Situated on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York has witnessed an abundance of major political events throughout its two millennia of existence.
On the 7th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Fishergate Postern Tower, get engrossed in the history at York Castle Museum, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally see the interesting displays at National Railway Museum. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at York City Walls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at York Minster, then take a stroll through York Shambles, then admire the striking features of St. Williams College, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the York trip planner .

Drive from Bath to York in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in York

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Minster ©
York Minster
York City Walls ©
York City Walls

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami .

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of train and flight from York to Istanbul in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from York in April, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Ephesus Museum and then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Celsus Kutuphanesi, delve into the distant past at Arcadian Way, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, and finally explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in April: highs in Selcuk hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
The Terrace Houses ©
The Terrace Houses

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Get out of town with these interesting La Fortuna de San Carlos side-trips: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online route builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Selcuk to La Fortuna de San Carlos. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Selcuk to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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