43 days in France, Italy & Brussels Itinerary

43 days in France, Italy & Brussels Itinerary

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43 days in France, Italy & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  16​h
1
Paris, France
— 9 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
plane:  1​h
3
Lyon, France
— 6 nights
plane:  1​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 8 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Rome, Italy
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Bangkok, Thailand


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9
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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Latin Quarter, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris driving holiday planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Paris. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bangkok in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. You will leave for Bordeaux on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Palace of Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau Beaurang (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux day trip tool .

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Lyon on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau Beaurang, Chateau de Monbazillac
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St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Chateau de Monbazillac ©
Chateau de Monbazillac
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©

6
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Le Jardin d'Eden (in Tournon-sur-Rhone), Plage de Conjux (in Conjux) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Bordeaux to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sun) before leaving for Brussels.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Le Jardin d'Eden, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Plage de Conjux
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Place des Jacobins ©
Place des Jacobins

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, & more), Gravensteen (in Ghent) and Antwerpen-Centraal (in Antwerp). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Brussels takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in August, things will get slightly colder in Brussels: highs are around 25°C and lows about 14°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Gravensteen, Antwerpen-Centraal
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
Cantillon Brewery ©
Cantillon Brewery

6
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Valdobbiadene (Cantina San Gregorio & PDC Cartizze). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and play a few rounds at Circolo Golf Venezia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Venice road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Brussels to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, Venice is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rome.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valdobbiadene
Highlights from your plan
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto
Dorsoduro ©
Dorsoduro

7
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Colosseum, admire the landmark architecture of Vatican Museums, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Basilica, and take a stroll through Campo de' Fiori.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rome road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Rome takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Trastevere ©
Trastevere
Turkish Baths

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