17 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

17 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zandvoort, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Paris, France

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Army Museum and Petit Palais. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, visit Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planning app.

Dublin, Ireland to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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3
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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Atomium and Autoworld will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, see the interesting displays at Train World, make a trip to Place St. Gery, and explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in September, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, examine the collection at Rockoxhuis, then get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei, then appreciate the history behind Hendrik Conscience Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Carolus Borromeus Church. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Middelheim Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp itinerary tool.

Drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Antwerp sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Amsterdam Tulip Museum and then look for gifts at Amsterdam Cheese Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, then steep yourself in history at Museum Van Loon, then take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, and finally take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Amsterdam by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zandvoort.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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2
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Zandvoort, The Netherlands

Zandvoort is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.Zandvoort is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands; it has a long sandy beach, bordered by coastal dunes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kennemerduinen an der Nordsee and Bleekemolens Race Planet Zandvoort. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, try your luck at Holland Casino, and join the crowd at Circuit Park Zandvoort.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zandvoort trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Zandvoort takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zandvoort

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Micropia and then examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Zandvoort to Amsterdam in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums
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France travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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

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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.