11 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

11 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 day
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Lille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parc du Cinquantenaire as well as Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels day trip planning site.

New Delhi, India to Brussels is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. In September, Brussels is much colder than New Delhi - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Venice of the North

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 Vondelpark, Those Dam Boat Guys, The Jordaan, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get a tailor-made plan with Those Dam Boat Guys, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Singel, and finally walk around Vondelpark.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Rotterdam.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Vermeer Centrum Delft, examine the collection at Kijk-Kubus, browse the different shops at Markthal, then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bruges trip planning site.

Getting from Rotterdam to Bruges by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lille.
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Lille, France — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Grande Place.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lille tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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Nice, France — 1 night

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, view the masterpieces at Gallery 26, then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and finally contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lille to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lille in September; daily highs in Nice reach 28°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Place de la Bastille and then contemplate the long history of La Sorbonne.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nice in September, with highs in Paris at 24°C and lows at 13°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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