12 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

12 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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12 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
train:  45​min
2
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Lille, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Verdun, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Metz, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States


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1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat) and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Brussels driving holiday app .

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. In May, Brussels is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and then make a trip to Ghent City Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent tour website .

You can take a train from Brussels to Ghent in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May in Ghent, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, make a trip to Oude Griffie, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bruges attractions planner .

Bruges is just a stone's throw from Ghent. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

1
night
Lille, France

Lille ©
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 11th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, then make a trip to Grande Place, and finally admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lille holiday planner .

Getting from Bruges to Lille by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Lille

Neighborhoods Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille
Room Escape Games
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille

1
night
Reims, France

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire the striking features of Palais du Tau and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Reims journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lille to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Verdun.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Palais du Tau ©
Palais du Tau

1
night
Verdun, France

Verdun ©
The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Douaumont Ossuary and then contemplate the long history of Fort Douaumont.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Verdun trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Reims to Verdun in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Verdun are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Verdun

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Douaumont
Highlights from your plan
Fort Douaumont ©
Fort Douaumont
Douaumont Ossuary ©
Douaumont Ossuary

1
night
Metz, France

Metz ©
Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): wander the streets of Place Saint Jacques, get to know the resident critters at Zoo d'Amnéville, then don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Corps de Garde de Metz and then examine the collection at Centre Pompidou-Metz.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Metz journey planning tool .

You can drive from Verdun to Metz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Metz can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Metz

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zoo d'Amnéville
Highlights from your plan
Centre Pompidou-Metz ©
Centre Pompidou-Metz
Room Escape Games
Œuvre de la cathédrale
Œuvre de la cathédrale

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night
Liege, Belgium

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral).

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Liege day trip site .

Getting from Metz to Liege by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Liege are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral) ©
Montagne de Bueren ©
Montagne de Bueren
Gare de Liege-Guillemins ©
Gare de Liege-Guillemins

1
night
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp holiday planning tool .

Getting from Liege to Antwerp by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Antwerp are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
See even more of Brussels: examine the collection at Atomium, get a sense of history and politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), have some family-friendly fun at Petit Train a Vapeur de Forest, and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Brussels using our trip planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Manneken Pis ©
Manneken Pis
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

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