10 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

10 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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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.
Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Le Marais, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Place de la Bastille.

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New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Paris. Traveling from New Delhi in November, expect nights in Paris to be a bit cooler, around 6°C, while days are colder, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

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.
On the 11th (Mon), browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Atomium, sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally wander the streets of Place St. Gery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Brussels road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Markt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer, then look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde.

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You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bruges, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

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 15th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): visit The Jordaan, make a trip to De 9 Straatjes, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally visit Red Light District.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

France travel guide

4.3
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

4.3
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.