18 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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18 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Train:  1 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
End: Brussels, Belgium

5
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.
Musée d'Orsay and Musée Jacquemart-André will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to River Seine and Île de la Cité. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Le Marais, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Musical Instruments Museum and Belgian Centre of Comic Strip Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Atomium, learn more about the world around you at Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, browse the exhibits of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
For shopping fun, head to De Negen Straatjes or Leidseplein. Red Light District and The Jordaan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Rembrandt House Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 30th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt van Antwerpen, then look for gifts at GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, then stop by Pierre Marcolini, and finally get engrossed in the history at Plantin-Moretus Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Antwerp tour planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Antwerp sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk). Do some cultural sightseeing at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum and Groeningemuseum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, and pause for some photo ops at Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges vacation builder.

You can drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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