16 days in France, Bruges & Tilburg Itinerary

16 days in France, Bruges & Tilburg Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Orleans
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Orleans, France
— 5 nights
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Reims, France
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Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church) will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Walking tours and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges. Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ostend to see Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to The Markt, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges online vacation planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Bruges is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tilburg.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Tilburg, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
The industrial revolution transformed the town of Tilburg from a small village to one of the largest towns in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of LocHal and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basiliek H.H. Agatha en Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hasselt Chapel and then examine the collection at Textile Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tilburg travel planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Tilburg in 2.5 hours. In June in Tilburg, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Orleans.

Things to do in Tilburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Orleans, France

— 5 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Orléans Cathedral and Parc Floral de La Source. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Meung sur Loire and Chateau de Chambord. When in Orleans, make a side trip to see Domaine National de Chambord in Chambord, approximately Chambord away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot, make a trip to Place du Martroi, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville, and stroll through Loire a Velo Cycle Path.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tilburg to Orleans. In June, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 3 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilique Saint-Remi and Champagne Taittinger. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Chapelle Foujita. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reims: Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes (in Soissons) and Donjon de Septmonts (in Septmonts). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Palais du Tau, learn about winemaking at Nomad Wine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques, and delve into the distant past at Porte de Mars.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Reims tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Orleans to Reims by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

France travel guide

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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.