56 days in The Netherlands, France & Belgium Itinerary

56 days in The Netherlands, France & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 10 nights
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Hyeres, France
— 6 nights
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 10 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.
Anne Frank House and Grote Markt will appeal to history buffs. Van Gogh Museum and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster), Haarlem (Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem, Teylers Museum, &more) and Natuurmonument Corversbos (in Hilversum). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), take a stroll through The Jordaan, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online route builder.

Apeldoorn to Amsterdam is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In June in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Hyeres.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chartreuse de la Verne and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste and Chateau de la Clapiere. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Port Grimaud (in Grimaud) and Saint-Tropez (Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, St. Tropez Harbor, &more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères, take in nature's colorful creations at Parc St Bernard, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Louis.

Before you visit Hyeres, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Hyeres in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in June, with highs in Hyeres at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Vieille Ville and La Croisette are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Le Suquet), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyeres in June, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Augustins and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Albi (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile & Les Jardins de la Berbie) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Place Saint-Georges). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Nice to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mont Saint-Michel and Normandy American Cemetery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, savor the flavors at Cave Cidricole Lecornu, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Carcassonne to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Paris are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Tierenteyn-Verlent, Gravensteen, &more), Ieper (Ypres) (Menin Gate Memorial & In Flanders Fields Museum) and Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bruges visit planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier days in Bruges, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Atomium. Visit St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Parc du Cinquantenaire for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Forestia (in Theux), Ardennes American Cemetery (in Neupre) and La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace of Brussels.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels trip planning website.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.