16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & France Itinerary

16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Chenonceaux, France
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Jordaan and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Canals area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Keukenhof (in Lisse) and Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum and see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans.

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Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belfry of Bruges and Gravensteen. Popular historic sites such as The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Historic Centre of Brugge are in your itinerary. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to St. Nicholas' Cathedral (in Ghent), Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (in Poperinge) and Ieper (Ypres) (Hooge Crater Museum & Essex Farm Cemetery). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, make a trip to The Markt, and see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

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You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Bruges, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pointe du Hoc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: German War Cemetery (in Orglandes), Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Caen). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, appreciate the history behind Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot.

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You can drive from Bruges to Bayeux in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Chenonceaux, France

— 2 nights
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collégiale Saint-Aignan, then examine the collection at La Magnanerie, and finally do a tasting at Plou Et Fils. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de la Trinite, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Troussay, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Merieau.

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Getting from Bayeux to Chenonceaux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Chenonceaux are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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.

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.