15 days in France, Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

15 days in France, Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Toulouse, France
— 1 day
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Toulouse, France

— 1 day

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 25th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, look for gifts at Delices de Tunis, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Carmelites, and finally make a trip to Le Capitole.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse road trip website.

Ubud, Indonesia to Toulouse is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Ubud in August, Toulouse is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 26th (Sun), stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lyon vacation tool.

You can fly from Toulouse to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Paris, France

— 4 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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in August, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, explore the galleries of Maison d'Erasme, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels journey planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Paris in August, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Begijnhof are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) and Haarlem (De Vishal & Grote Markt). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, steep yourself in history at Magere Brug, and don't miss a visit to Brouwersgracht.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.