56 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

56 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Nice
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 11 nights
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Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Musée Marc Chagall and Palais Lascaris will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Swim with Dolphins (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Musee Fragonard (in Grasse) and Cannes (Le Suquet, Lérins Islands, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, and contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online tour planner.

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands to Nice is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Apeldoorn in June; daily highs in Nice reach 28°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Hyeres, France

— 6 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Get some cultural insight at Chartreuse de la Verne and Vieille Ville. Popular historic sites such as Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Eglise Anglicane are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Paroisse de Ramatuelle (in Ramatuelle), Grimaud (Eglise St Michel & Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste) and La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Gigaro). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

For photos and other tourist information, read Hyeres online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in June since evenings lows in Hyeres dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. Musee des Augustins and Musee De L'ecole will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Terre Liquide (in Mons), Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Church of Les Jacobins) and Source du Frejo (in Olargues). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Bayeux War Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Arc de Triomphe and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Grand Canal & L'Orangerie), Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Antwerp (Carolus Borromeus Church, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more) and La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Atomium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Brussels visit planning tool.

You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Groeningemuseum and Historic Centre of Brugge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Ghent City Center, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and make a trip to The Markt.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip website.

Drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bruges are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 11 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), Delft (Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, Maria van Jessekerk, &more) and Lentevreugd (in Wassenaar). Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, get engrossed in the history at Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. July in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.