38 days in France, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

38 days in France, Amsterdam & Bruges Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
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Honfleur, France
— 2 nights
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Caen, France
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
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Lorient, France
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience. On the next day, wander the streets of The Jordaan, then walk around Vondelpark, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. May in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally snap pictures at St Bonifacius Bridge.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bruges travel route planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Rouen, France

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally make a trip to Collegiale Notre-Dame des Andelys. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rouen day trip planner.

Drive from Bruges to Rouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rouen are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Honfleur, France

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll around Les Jardins d'Etretat, then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat, then make a trip to Abbaye de Montivilliers, and finally take in the views from Pont de Normandie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Deauville Beach, and finally stop by L Instant Fromages.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Honfleur travel route planning website.

Drive from Rouen to Honfleur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Honfleur sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Caen.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Caen, France

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at La Colline aux Oiseaux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Caen trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Honfleur to Caen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, and finally don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, head outdoors with Avel Char, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Lorient.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Lorient, France

— 2 nights
Lorient is on the south coast of Brittany where the river Scorff and the river Blavet join to form an estuary before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Centre Historique de Vannes, take in the waterfront at Port De St Goustan, then explore the ancient world of Carnac stones, and finally make a trip to Dolmens de Mane Kerioned. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ville Close de Concarneau, see the interesting displays at Sous-Marin Flore, and then relax and rejuvenate at Les Pieds dans l'Eau.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lorient road trip app.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Lorient takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Lorient

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

La Rochelle, France

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 27th (Fri), make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, and then explore the activities along Vieux Port. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Clocher d'Ars, visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, then take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle travel route planner.

You can drive from Lorient to La Rochelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, do a tasting at Chateau Coutet, then make a trip to Place du Parlement, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 19 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Promenade des Petits Ponts (in Chevreuse), Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (Le Jardin de Versailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip builder app.

Getting from Bordeaux to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Bordeaux in May, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.