15 days in France, Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in France, Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Metz, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 1 night

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hotel de Ville and Chateau de Maintenon. Explore hidden gems such as 1st Arrondissement and Fontaine Saint-Sulpice. Venture out of the city with trips to Chartres (Eglise St-Aignan & Chartres Historic Preservation Area) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Luxembourg Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Triumphal Way (Voie Triomphale), take a stroll through 7eme Arrondissement, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise St-Germain l'Auxerrois.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris online tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll around Minnewaterpark, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), then indulge in some personalized pampering at Puur Spa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, and finally appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges holiday maker.

Take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ghent.
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Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
Side Trip

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
On the 30th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll the grounds of Campo Santo Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Jacobskerk.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.
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Historic Sites · Spas

Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

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 (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Havenhuis.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Antwerp vacation builder.

You can drive from Ghent to Antwerp in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brussels.
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Shopping

Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, and then take a stroll through Lower Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip site.

Getting from Antwerp to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Metz.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Metz, France — 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Templar's Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Martin de Sillegny, then tee off at UGOLF Chateau de Cherisey, and finally make a trip to Eglise Sainte-Segolene.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Metz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Metz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. October in Metz sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf
Side Trips

Strasbourg, France — 1 night

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Saint-Trophime, then stop by Alsace Factory, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

Drive from Metz to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 4th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at Gourmet Wine Travel, take a stroll through Schanzengraben Canal, and then don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castle Kyburg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Felsenegg, and then wander the streets of Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zurich travel planner.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bern.
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Neighborhoods · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll around Elfenau Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, then examine the collection at Klingendes Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Les grottes des Roches Grises < La Lamberta >, explore the ancient world of Theatre romain, and then contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheatre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bern online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Domaine Les Perrieres, examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, then kick back and relax at Plage de Port-Choiseul, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de Plainpalais.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Annecy.
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Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip

Annecy, France — 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): head outdoors with YAKAPEDALER, take an exotic tour of Annecy Lake Safari, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Annecy vacation planning site.

Getting from Geneva to Annecy by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Annecy are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

France travel guide

4.3
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.
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Belgium travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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