23 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

23 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Brussels, Belgium
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Strasbourg, France
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Paris, France
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Van Gogh Museum and Vondelpark. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Old Church (in Delft), Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), Grote Markt, &more) and The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Madurodam). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam journey planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

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 2nd (Sat), find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, then don't miss a visit to Atomium, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the next day, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: La Montagne des Singes (in Kintzheim), Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town) and Place Stanislas (in Nancy). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, and examine the collection at Palais de Rohan.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg day trip planning app.

Getting from Brussels to Strasbourg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Strasbourg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 7 nights

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.
Attractions like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Family-friendly places like Anne Frank House and The Jordaan will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Kaatsheuvel to see Efteling about 1h 20 min away. Enjoy Amsterdam some more: make a trip to Leidseplein, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online holiday builder.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Amsterdam, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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