11 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

11 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
3
Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Strand Egmond aan Zee and De Duif. Step out of Amsterdam to go to Castricum and see Duinreservaat Castricum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, meet the residents at ARTIS, and take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online tour planner.

Nashville, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nashville in September: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Strand Egmond aan Zee, Duinreservaat Castricum
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Burg Square, then see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then kick back and relax at Beach De Haan, and finally kick back and relax at The Dunes of Bredene.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bastogne.

Things to do in Bruges

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

The Dunes of Bredene, Beach De Haan
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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

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Bastogne, Belgium

Bastogne ©
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne, then learn about all things military at Bastogne War Museum, then stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Mardasson Memorial.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bastogne sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Bruges to Bastogne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bastogne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

German War Cemetery
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Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Mardasson Memorial ©
Mardasson Memorial
German War Cemetery ©
German War Cemetery

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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.
On the 18th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally examine the collection at Atomium.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Bastogne to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Brussels are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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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.
Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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