48 days in Europe Itinerary

48 days in Europe Itinerary

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48 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
7
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
8
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
10
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
12
Split, Croatia
— 6 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

4
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Visiting Kitzsteinhorn and Filzalmsee will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress Hohensalzburg and St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). Venture out of the city with trips to Pfarramt Soll (in Soll), Alpinolino Westendorf (in Westendorf) and Kundler Klamm (in Muhltal). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, explore the galleries of Mozarts Geburtshaus, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Salzburg planner .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Salzburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Jose to Salzburg, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Jose in March: high temperatures in Salzburg hover around 12°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alpinolino Westendorf, Filzalmsee, Kitzsteinhorn, Kundler Klamm, Pfarramt Soll
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Kundler Klamm ©
Kundler Klamm
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Postojna Cave will get you outdoors. Predjama Castle and Ljubljana Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Ljubljana with an excursion to Vintgar Gorge in Bled--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: snap pictures at Triple Bridge and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Michael.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ljubljana trip planner.

Getting from Salzburg to Ljubljana by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March in Ljubljana, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Postojna, Vintgar Gorge
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

5
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Popular historic sites such as Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Belvedere Palace and Peterskirche Wien. Step out of Vienna with an excursion to Melk Abbey in Melk--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, shop like a local with Graben and Kohlmarkt, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum), and explore the different monuments and memorials at Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof).

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Vienna road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Vienna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey

3
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Visit Devin Castle and Bratislava Old Town for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth and Bratislava Castle. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Michalska Brana, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostol a kláštor sv. Alžbety, contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), and take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bratislava online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Spas Neighborhoods
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Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana

5
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Faust Wine Cellar and Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Halaszbastya and Citadel. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

Before you visit Budapest, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Budapest are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Areas of Istanbul and Suleymaniye Cami . Get some historical perspective at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and take an in-depth tour of Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to Istanbul. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Budapest in April, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

4
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri, and learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Goreme road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in April, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Gore Harabeleri, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

2
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Visit Rila Monastery and Church St. George Rotunda for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip planner .

You can fly from Goreme to Sofia in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 18th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bucharest holiday maker tool .

You can fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Bucharest

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, steep yourself in history at Church of St. Elijah the Prophet, then admire the striking features of The Church of St. Matthew, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then delve into the distant past at St. Tryphon Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Of San Giovanni, and finally don't miss a visit to Stari Grad Kotor.

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Getting from Bucharest to Kotor by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Kotor due to the time zone difference. April in Kotor sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Perast, Dobrota, Castle Of San Giovanni
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

5
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Old Town and Lapad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Dubrovnik City Walls and Church, St. Nicholas will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Ston (Marlais Winery & Milos Winery), Korta Katarina Winery (in Orebic) and Cavtat Old Town (in Cavtat). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fort Lovrijenac, browse the collection at The Franciscan Church and Monastery, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the galleries of Art by Stjepko.

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Getting from Kotor to Dubrovnik by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ston, Korta Katarina Winery, Cavtat Old Town, Vino Spaleta
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

6
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Visit Historic City of Trogir and Cathedral of Saint Domnius for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Tvrdic Honey. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Split: Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) (in Zadar), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Jezera) and Museum of Brac (in Skrip). The adventure continues: stroll around Marjan Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Palazzo di Diocleziano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Of St. Roch, and steep yourself in history at Old Split.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Split day trip planning website .

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Split in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Split can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kastel Sucurac, Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac, Historic City of Trogir, Church of St Kuzma and St Damjan, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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