11 days in Amsterdam, Brussels & Paris Itinerary

11 days in Amsterdam, Brussels & Paris Itinerary

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11 days in Amsterdam, Brussels & Paris Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Boston, United States

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to ARTIS and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip app .

Boston, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in January: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 43°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Grand Place and then meet the residents at Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin). On your second day here, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then stroll through Planckendael, and finally examine the collection at Atomium.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin), ZOO Planckendael
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
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.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Seine River will get you outdoors. Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Palace of Versailles will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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