9 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

9 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 1 night


Paris, France

— 3 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: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris tour builder tool.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 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.
On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then browse the exhibits of Atomium, and then steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Brussels day trip tool.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in July; daily highs in Lyon reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Nice, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): meet the residents at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally make a trip to Place Massena.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder app.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in July, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

France travel guide

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.