15 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Montpellier, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Paris, France — 2 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.
On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Jacquemart-Andre. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Paris is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Les Bassins de Lumieres, see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Pape Clement.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.
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Toulouse, France — 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, view the masterpieces at Hotel d'Assezat, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg, then make a trip to Espace EDF Bazacle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Toulouse sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at Ezenspa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon Populaire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Roch, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Toulouse to Montpellier in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, then visit The Presqu'ile, and finally see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Marseille in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 2 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum Mayer van den Bergh, view the masterpieces at Museum De Reede, examine the collection at Rockoxhuis, then ponder the world of politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vlaeykensgang. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Thermen Katara, take an in-depth tour of Fort Breendonk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Paul's Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Chocolate Nation.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Antwerp in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

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 24th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, don't miss a visit to Korenmarkt, see the interesting displays at STAM Ghent City Museum, then examine the collection at Industriemuseum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and finally examine the collection at Hospital Notre Dame de la Rose Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ghent trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, examine the collection at Sculpta, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then stop by Chocolates & Happiness, and finally admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, admire the striking features of Sint-Janshuismolen, pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Walburgakerk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Bruges online vacation planner.

Getting from Ghent to Bruges by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brussels.
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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 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Atomium, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brussels tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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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