19 days in Holland, Belgium & France Itinerary

19 days in Holland, Belgium & France Itinerary

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19 days in Holland, Belgium & France Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Maastricht, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Nantes, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
8
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Brussels, Belgium

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at South Church (Zuiderkerk). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Amerongen Castle, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Airborne Cemetery, then examine the collection at Mondial Museum, and finally take a stroll around Marken.

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Brussels, Belgium to Amsterdam is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mondial Museum, UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, Amerongen Castle, Amsterdam City Tours, Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen
Highlights from your plan
Airborne Cemetery ©
Airborne Cemetery
Amerongen Castle ©
Amerongen Castle

1
night
Maastricht, Holland

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 28th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, admire the striking features of Boekhandel Dominicanen, and then stroll through Maastricht Underground.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Maastricht online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Amsterdam to Maastricht by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Maastricht are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Maastricht

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen
Vrijthof ©
Vrijthof

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.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), sample the tasty concoctions at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tyne Cot Cemetery, and finally brush up on your military savvy at In Flanders Fields Museum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Burg Square, then snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, then make a trip to Ghent City Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Menin Gate Memorial.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Maastricht to Bruges by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Ghent, Tyne Cot Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
St Michael's Bridge ©
St Michael's Bridge
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon and Room Escape Games. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Natural Sciences and Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Autoworld, take in the exciting artwork at Senses Art Nouveau, and admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels online sightseeing planner .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Brussels are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon ©
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon
Autoworld ©
Autoworld
Museum of Natural Sciences ©
Museum of Natural Sciences

4
nights
Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Machines de L'ile and Passage Pommeraye. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Villandry and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Forteresse royale de Chinon (in Chinon) and La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle & Vieux Port). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Brussels to Nantes in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nantes: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

La Rochelle, Chateau de Villandry, Forteresse royale de Chinon, Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Chateau de Langeais
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Langeais ©
Chateau de Langeais
Forteresse royale de Chinon ©
Forteresse royale de Chinon

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Dune du Pilat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at La ville d'Hiver, don't miss a visit to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale).

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

La ville d'Hiver, Dune du Pilat, Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion
Highlights from your plan
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat

1
night
Toulouse, France

Toulouse
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally don't miss a visit to Place du Capitole.

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Take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cimetiere de la Treille and Eglise Saint-Laurent. Do your shopping at Tapiezo and Savonnerie Marseillaise de la Licorne. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt (in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt), Citadelle de Forcalquier (in Forcalquier) and Chateau de Sauvan (in Mane). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

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Getting from Toulouse to Marseille by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Citadelle de Forcalquier, Tapiezo, Chateau de Sauvan, Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Sauvan ©
Chateau de Sauvan
Citadelle de Forcalquier ©
Citadelle de Forcalquier
Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne ©

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