15 days in Belgium, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

15 days in Belgium, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

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15 days in Belgium, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly + Train:  13​h
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Let the collections at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum and Gravensteen Castle capture your imagination. Take a break from Bruges with a short trip to Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at De Halve Maan Brewery, stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, and see the interesting displays at Friet Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bruges day trip app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Bruges is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Bruges due to the time zone difference. In December, Bruges is cooler than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Ghent
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Museum Van Loon are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at ARTIS, wander the streets of The Jordaan, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zandvoort aan Zee, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Le Marais and Palace of Versailles. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Seine River. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. December in Paris sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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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