15 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

15 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights


Paris, France — 5 nights

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Marais and Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Cincinnati, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, you will find days in Paris are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Do your shopping at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Grand Diamonds Jewelry. Grand Place and Mont des Arts will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Cogels Osylei & Saint Paul's Church). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bruges.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trip

Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bruges Art Route, then stop by Chocolates & Happiness, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. On the next day, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take an in-depth tour of For Freedom Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

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Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bruges, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Jordaan and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: De Zwaluwhoeve (in Hierden), The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Markthal (in Rotterdam). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, stroll through The Amstel, and wander the streets of De 9 Straatjes.

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You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

France travel guide

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.

Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.