17 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

17 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

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17 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Lisse, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: San Francisco, United States

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 Jardin des Tuileries as well as Bateaux Parisiens. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trocadero and Latin Quarter. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool .

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

2
nights
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.
On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then stop by Pierre Marcolini, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Brussels journey builder tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lisse.

Things to do in Brussels

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'
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Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Sonian Forest ©
Sonian Forest

2
nights
Lisse, The Netherlands

Lisse ©
Lisse is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lisse trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Brussels to Lisse by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. September in Lisse sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Lisse

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Westeinderplassen
Highlights from your plan
Westeinderplassen ©
Westeinderplassen
Keukenhof ©
Keukenhof

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel and Spiegelplas en Blijkpolderplas. Visiting Herengracht and The Amstel will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: stop by The Jordaan, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip maker tool.

Getting from Lisse to Amsterdam by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amsterdam City Tours, Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, Spiegelplas en Blijkpolderplas
Highlights from your plan
Spiegelplas en Blijkpolderplas ©
Spiegelplas en Blijkpolderplas
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Bruges Art Route, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bruges Art Route ©
Bruges Art Route
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Bruges to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore ©
Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

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