9 days in France, Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

9 days in France, Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

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9 days in France, Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Lille, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
End: Paris, France

2
nights
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.
You've added Luxembourg Palace, Palace of Versailles, Eiffel Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Montparnasse Tower. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Île de la Cité. It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

2
nights
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lille Zoo. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, then see the interesting displays at Musee Hospice Comtesse, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lille Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, make a trip to Villa Cavrois, and then see the interesting displays at Musee La Piscine.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lille trip maker app.

You can take a train from Paris to Lille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Musee La Piscine, Villa Cavrois
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Musee Hospice Comtesse ©
Musee Hospice Comtesse
Lille Zoo ©
Lille Zoo
Musee La Piscine ©
Musee La Piscine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atomium, Grand Place and Mini-Europe. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), don't miss a visit to Atomium, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels online trip builder.

Getting from Lille to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Serres Royales De Laeken ©
Serres Royales De Laeken
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes De Duif as well as Keukenhof. Step off the beaten path and head to World Heritage Kinderdijk and Begijnhof. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Rotterdam to see Erasmus Bridge about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and walk around Vondelpark.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam online itinerary planner.

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Keukenhof, Erasmus Bridge, World Heritage Kinderdijk
Highlights from your plan
Keukenhof ©
Keukenhof
ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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