16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

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16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Chicago, 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.
Get some cultural insight at Anne Frank House and Zaanse Schans. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and Canals area. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), Panorama Mesdag, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Micropia, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and stroll through The Amstel.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. In June, Amsterdam is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Hague, Zaanse Schans, Canals area
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof). On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Gravensteen
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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

3
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Royal Palace of Brussels and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Atomium, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Brussels tour itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Liege.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
Liege, Belgium

Liege
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Roche-aux-Faucons.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Liege trip builder .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Liege takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Liege can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Liege

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

La Roche-aux-Faucons, Montagne Saint-Pierre Nature
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Army Museum and Chateau Royal de Blois. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly), Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens) and Villers-Bretonneux (Australian War Memorial & Adelaide Cemetery). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Trocadero, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

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

Traveling by train from Liege to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June in Paris, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Villers-Bretonneux, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Chateau de Chantilly, Orléans Cathedral, Chateau Royal de Blois
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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