21 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

21 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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La Rochelle, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Lorient, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
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Caen, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rouen, France
— 3 nights
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Honfleur, France
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Latin Quarter, Palais Garnier, Sainte-Chapelle, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in May, you will find days in Paris are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Bordeaux, France

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites

La Rochelle, France

— 1 night

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 19th (Thu), make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip planning app.

Drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in May, you will find days in La Rochelle are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lorient.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Nature

Lorient, France

— 1 night
Lorient is on the south coast of Brittany where the river Scorff and the river Blavet join to form an estuary before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Centre Historique de Pont-Aven and then examine the collection at Sous-Marin Flore.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lorient journey planning website.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Lorient in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Lorient sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Lorient

Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, and finally make a trip to Le Moulin de Moidrey. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, get outside with Avel Char, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lorient to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Caen, France

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, then stop by Ess9nce, and then gain some tasty knowledge on La Compagnie des Terroirs. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Caen driving holiday planner.

Drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You've added Gros-Horloge, Fondation Claude Monet, Jardin des Plantes, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, appreciate the history behind Gros-Horloge, make a trip to Rue Eau de Robec, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen holiday builder.

Drive from Caen to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Rouen, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Honfleur, France

— 1 night
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Vieux Bassin and then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Legends Free Walking Tours, The Markt and Belfry of Bruges. On the 28th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then make a trip to The Markt, and then gain a rich perspective with Legends Free Walking Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bruges day trip app.

You can drive from Honfleur to Bruges in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Tours

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to Grote Markt in Haarlem--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, explore and take pictures at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.