22 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

22 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg, France
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Bruges, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Rodin and Ile Saint-Louis. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Joseph Artisan.

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Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Traveling from Sydney in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Aix-en-Provence, France

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carrieres des Lumieres and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Eglise St-Trophime. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Les Antiques), Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi) and Aigues-Mortes (Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes & Chapelle de la Confrerie des Penitents-Gris). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Oblats, make a trip to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

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You can fly from Paris to Aix-en-Provence in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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Strasbourg, France

— 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then contemplate the long history of Porte Haute. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

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You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Strasbourg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In May, Strasbourg is a bit cooler than Aix-en-Provence - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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Bruges, Belgium

— 4 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.
Ghent City Center and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Gravensteen and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Zonnebeke (Passchendaele New British Cemetery & Tyne Cot Cemetery) and Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Sint-Jacobskerk, &more). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and admire the striking features of Huis Boechoute.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Bruges takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in May, expect nights in Bruges to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. You will leave for Amsterdam on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zaanse Schans and Portuguese Synagogue. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Zaandam (Het Jonge Schaap & Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Micropia, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

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Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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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.