15 days in France, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in France, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Amiens, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Caen, France
— 1 night
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
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Caen, France
— 1 night
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Rennes, France
— 1 night
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Nantes, France
— 1 night
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Tours, France
— 1 night
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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.
On the 6th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

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Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Garden, take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rotterdam attractions planning app.

Drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Serres Royales De Laeken, then don't miss a visit to Atomium, then steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, and finally make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center. On the next day, contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Rotterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Brussels, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Wed), make a trip to The Markt, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

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Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Parks · Nature

Lille, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Christophe, then see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, then explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, and finally don't miss a visit to Grande Place.

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Lille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lille are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Amiens.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amiens, France

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Carnet de Voyages, explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu.

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Take a train from Lille to Amiens in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Amiens sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Caen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and then gain some tasty knowledge on La Compagnie des Terroirs.

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You can drive from Amiens to Caen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Rouen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Vieux Rouen, then make a trip to Rue Eau de Robec, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Caen to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Rouen, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

Caen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and then gain some tasty knowledge on La Compagnie des Terroirs.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Caen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Caen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Caen

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Museums

Side Trip

Rennes, France

— 1 night
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Le Bois Orcan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Maximilien Kolbe, then admire the natural beauty at Parc Hamelin Oberthur, and finally stroll around Parc du Thabor.

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You can drive from Caen to Rennes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Rennes are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 18th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Nantes route maker site.

Traveling by car from Rennes to Nantes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Tours, France

— 1 night

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and then catch all the local highlights with Rendez-Vous dans les Vignes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tours trip builder.

You can drive from Nantes to Tours in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Tours sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tours

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.

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.