8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Jose, Costa Rica
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 day
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Vichy, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
5
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Geneva, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
8
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: San Jose, Costa Rica

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 25th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip builder site .

San Jose, Costa Rica to Amsterdam is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. In August, Amsterdam is little chillier than San Jose - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Atomium, and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip planning site .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Vichy.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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Vichy, France

Vichy ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): bet on a winner at Hippodrome de Bellerive, take in the waterfront at Les bords de l'Allier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presbytere Saint Louis Saint Blaise, then look for gifts at Aux Marocains, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Blaise de Vichy, and finally admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins des Hurlevents.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vichy trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Paris to Vichy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Vichy, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Vichy

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
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Hippodrome de Bellerive ©
Hippodrome de Bellerive
Eglise Saint-Blaise de Vichy ©
Eglise Saint-Blaise de Vichy
Les Jardins des Hurlevents ©
Les Jardins des Hurlevents

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night
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 29th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Vichy to Lyon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rome.
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The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pantheon, and finally ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rome travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Rome takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Geneva in August, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Peter's Basilica
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain
Pantheon ©
Pantheon

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Holzhausenschlosschen, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, and then pause for some photo ops at Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip itinerary app .

Fly from Rome to Frankfurt in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rome in August, things will get slightly colder in Frankfurt: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites
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Goethe House ©
Goethe House
Holzhausenschlosschen ©
Holzhausenschlosschen

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