19 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

19 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Le Mans City, France
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Caen, France
— 1 night
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
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Dunkirk, France
— 1 night
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Calais, France
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Metz, France
— 1 night
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Verdun, France
— 1 night
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Reims, France
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Paris, France

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. In September, Paris is a bit cooler than Sao Paulo - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Le Mans City, France

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at Escape Time Le Mans, explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de la Visitation.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Le Mans City trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Le Mans City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Le Mans City are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

1
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Romain Pilon - guide independant, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel tour planning site.

You can drive from Le Mans City to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Caen, France

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 6th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and then gain some tasty knowledge on La Compagnie des Terroirs.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Caen trip builder site.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Caen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Rouen, France

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Les Racines du Ciel.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rouen travel planner.

Getting from Caen to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Rouen sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites

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Dunkirk, France

Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunkirk trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Dunkirk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Dunkirk sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for Calais on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Dunkirk

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Calais, France

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cap Blanc-Nez and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Calais attractions planner.

You can drive from Dunkirk to Calais in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Calais

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Bruges, Belgium

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 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bruges online travel planner.

You can drive from Calais to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Bruges, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 11th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Antwerp are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Brussels, Belgium

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 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bastogne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

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Bastogne, Belgium

Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the history at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, then learn about all things military at BASTOGNE BARRACKS, then stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bastogne trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bastogne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Bastogne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), make a trip to Monument to Michel Rodange, don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II, then admire the landmark architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Luxembourg City trip maker site.

Drive from Bastogne to Luxembourg City in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Metz.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Metz, France

City of Light

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.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the striking features of Palais du Gouverneur de Metz, get outside with Plan d'Eau de Metz, then explore the activities along Canal de la Moselle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at La Porte Secrete.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Metz day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Metz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Verdun.

Things to do in Metz

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

1
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Verdun, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Domaine de Sommedieue, then see the interesting displays at Tranchée de l'Ouvrage de la Falouse à Verdun., then witness the site of a historic battle at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Verdun online vacation planner.

Getting from Metz to Verdun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Metz in October, you will find days in Verdun are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Verdun

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
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Reims, France

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Budding.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Reims visit website.

Getting from Verdun to Reims by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Reims are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries

France travel guide

4.2
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.

Le Mans travel guide

4.2
Historic Walking Areas · History Museums · Churches
Le Mans is a city in France, on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the capital of the Sarthe department and the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Le Mans is a part of the Pays de la Loire region.Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. Since 1923, the city has hosted the internationally famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.HistoryFirst mentioned by Claudius Ptolemy, the Roman city Vindinium was the capital of the Aulerci, a sub tribe of the Aedui. Le Mans is also known as Civitas Cenomanorum (City of the Cenomani), or Cenomanus. Their city, seized by the Romans in 47 BC, was within the ancient Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. A 3rd-century amphitheatre is still visible. The thermae were demolished during the crisis of the third century when workers were mobilized to build the city's defensive walls. The ancient wall around Le Mans is one of the most complete circuits of Gallo-Roman city walls to survive.

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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.