12 days in France & The Netherlands Itinerary

12 days in France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 2 nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights


Nice, France — 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Musee Picasso in Antibes, approximately Antibes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planning tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nice is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Nice reach 28°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trips
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nice in September, expect Mont-Saint-Michel to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Bayeux, France — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Paris planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Haarlem (Cathedral of Saint Bavo & Grote Markt). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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France travel guide

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.