9 days in Belgium, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

9 days in Belgium, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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9 days in Belgium, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
1
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: San Francisco, United States

1
night
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent meldsĀ the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supportingĀ a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Ghent City Center, then step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the views from St Michael's Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Ghent is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Ghent. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Ghent hover around 51°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris online vacation planner .

You can drive from Ghent to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 5th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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