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
— 3 nights
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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 Île de la Cité. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Joseph Artisan.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris trip builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-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 fly 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 Site Archeologique de Glanum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Aigues-Mortes (Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes & Chapelle de la Confrerie des Penitents-Gris), Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi) and Les Antiques (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Oblats.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence online route builder.

Getting from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Aix-en-Provence hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
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.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Strasbourg in 3 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 · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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 Saint Bavo's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Gravensteen and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Sint-Jacobskerk, &more) and Passchendaele New British Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges route planning tool.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Bruges in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Strasbourg in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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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 Micropia. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Zaandam (Het Jonge Schaap & Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the landmark architecture of Portuguese Synagogue, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, and engage your brain at Body Worlds.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Find places to stay May 24 — 29:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.