10 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

10 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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10 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  5​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Versailles, France
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
6
Giverny, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Le Havre, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

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 list of things to see and do now includes Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), Mini-Europe, Atomium, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally make a trip to Atomium.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels online journey planner .

New York City, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Brussels, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Brussels reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Manneken Pis
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
day
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) and St Michael's Bridge. On the 25th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, then steep yourself in history at Graslei and Korenlei, and finally don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center.

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Getting from Brussels to Ghent by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

1
night
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Historic Centre of Brugge, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Salvador Dali Exhibition, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Salvador Dali Exhibition, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then admire the striking features of Stadhuis, and finally examine the collection at Friet Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planner.

Bruges is very close to Ghent. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Luxembourg Gardens, Sainte-Chapelle and Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. On the 27th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wide array of goods at Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Bruges in August, you will find days in Paris are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
day
Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palace of Versailles. On the 29th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Orangerie and then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Versailles.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Versailles route maker website .

Versailles is just a stone's throw from Paris. In August, daytime highs in Versailles are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Musee de l'Orangerie
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Musee de l'Orangerie ©
Musee de l'Orangerie

few
hours
Giverny, France

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Giverny attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Versailles to Giverny in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Giverny, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Le Havre.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

1
night
Le Havre, France

Le Havre ©
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
You've added Falaises d'Etretat, Plage de Cabourg, Les Jardins D'Etretat, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, make a trip to Centre-ville reconstruit du Havre, get to know the fascinating history of Les Jardins D'Etretat, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Joseph, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at La Plage du Havre.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Le Havre trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Giverny to Le Havre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Giverny in August, expect nights in Le Havre to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Le Havre

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Etretat, Plage de Cabourg
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Plage de Cabourg ©
Plage de Cabourg
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Palace of Brussels, Tintin Mural Painting, Jeanneke Pis, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, don't miss a visit to Tintin Mural Painting, admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally appreciate the history behind Jeanneke Pis.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels day trip planning website .

You can drive from Le Havre to Brussels in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Horta Museum (Musee Horta) ©
Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
Magritte Museum
Magritte Museum
Tintin Mural Painting ©
Tintin Mural Painting

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