15 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

15 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Nancy, France
— 2 nights
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Montpellier, France
— 3 nights
Marseille, France
— 4 nights


Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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 7th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder site.

Groningen, The Netherlands to Brussels is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nancy.
Historic Sites · Museums

Nancy, France — 2 nights

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, walk around Parc de la Pepiniere, and then make a trip to Place Stanislas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nancy road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Nancy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
Museums · Parks

Lyon, France — 4 nights

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.
Step out of Lyon to go to Annecy and see Lake Annecy, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Nancy to Lyon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nancy in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can take a train to Montpellier.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Side Trip

Montpellier, France — 3 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Change things up with these side-trips from Montpellier: Nimes (La Maison Carree & Jardins de la Fontaine), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Planet Ocean Montpellier.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Montpellier takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Wildlife
Side Trips

Marseille, France — 4 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Cannes (Marche Forville & La Croisette) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, stop by The Panier, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

France travel guide

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.