23 days in San Jose & Zurich Itinerary

23 days in San Jose & Zurich Itinerary

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23 days in San Jose & Zurich Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 11 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  17​h 15​min
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

10
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Cartago (Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) & Jardin Botanico Lankester) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Poas Volcano, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online travel route planner .

La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June in San Jose, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Province of Cartago, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

11
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken), Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more) and Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from San Jose to Zurich by flight takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: 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 July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zurich, with lows of 17°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, Aare Gorge
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding

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