12 days in The Netherlands, Paris & Brussels Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands, Paris & Brussels Itinerary

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12 days in The Netherlands, Paris & Brussels Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: New Delhi, India

1
night
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 9th (Fri): head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then wander the streets of Le Marais, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. On the next day, stop by Fromagerie Laurent Dubois, then steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and then examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris travel guide.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport and Charles de Gaulle International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Grand-Place and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles) are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds and Peter Poussenier. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Antwerp (Pierre Marcolini, Fashion Jewelry, & more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum and look for gifts at De Biertempel.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Brussels travel guide.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antwerp
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

1
night
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Trompenburg, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Church, then make a trip to Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw, and finally explore the world behind art at Mauritshuis.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rotterdam travel guide.

Take a train from Brussels to Rotterdam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Delft, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum ©
Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum and TASCHEN Store Amsterdam will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Natura Artis Magistra, wander the streets of Red Light District, look for gifts at PGC Hajenius, and admire the landmark architecture of Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam travel guide.

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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