30 days in Brussels & France Itinerary

30 days in Brussels & France Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Caen, France
— 4 nights
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne Center, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
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Calvi, France
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Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ZOO Planckendael, and then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planning website.

Philadelphia, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Brussels. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect Brussels to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 5 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Popular historic sites such as Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee Rodin, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris itinerary app.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in June, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Caen, France

— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Abbaye aux Hommes and Chateau de Caen are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial de Caen and Norman'Air. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at La Colline aux Oiseaux, shop like a local with Frac Basse Normandie, look for gifts at La Boite a Calva, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Caen trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Paris to Caen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in June, expect nights in Caen to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Caen

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Nantes, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Do your shopping at Frac Des Pays de La Loire and Biscuiterie Saint-Guenole. Visit Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Le Grand Blockhaus for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Eglise Notre-Dame de Clisson (in Clisson), Village de Kerhinet (in Saint-Lyphard) and Chateau de Tiffauges (in Tiffauges). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, visit Village de Trentemoult, and get engrossed in the history at Historial of Vendee.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nantes trip planner.

You can drive from Caen to Nantes in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Visit La ville d'Hiver and Le Phare du Cap Ferret for their historical value. Chateau Cantenac and Chateau Laniote are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich), Saint-Emilion (Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion & Cloitre des Cordeliers) and Via-Vinum (in Saint-Julien-Beychevelle).

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip planning tool.

Drive from Nantes to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center, France

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Mirepoix Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, then steep yourself in history at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Carcassonne Center takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Visiting Calanques and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Musee Granet, &more), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Marseille road trip site.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can fly to Calvi.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Calvi, France

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Punta Spano and Arinella and Algaio Beach. Get some historical perspective at Citadelle de Calvi and Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure. Get out of town with these interesting Calvi side-trips: Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino), Cirque de Bonifatu (in Calenzana) and FRAGNU (in Montegrosso). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and delve into the lush surroundings at Foret d'Aitone.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Calvi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. June in Calvi sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.