42 days in Amsterdam, Lille & Paris Itinerary

42 days in Amsterdam, Lille & Paris Itinerary

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1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 15 nights
2
Lille, France
— 13 nights
3
Paris, France
— 12 nights

15
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.
Do your shopping at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Albert Cuyp Market. Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Delft (Old Church, Prinsenkwartier, &more), Haarlem (Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Frans Hals Museum, &more) and The Hague (Galerie Pulchri, Panorama Mesdag, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Jordaan, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), make a trip to Leidseplein, and see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amsterdam, use our trip itinerary maker.

Edmonton, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Hague, Delft
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

13
nights
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Visit Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens for their historical value. Let the collections at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut and Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille capture your imagination. Explore Lille's surroundings by going to Serre Road Cemetery No.2 (in Hebuterne), Musee Somme 1916 (in Albert) and Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras). On the 14th (Fri), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, steep yourself in history at Australian Corps Memorial, stop by Calais Wine Superstore, and learn about all things military at Chantier de Construction Navale Traditionnelle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lille attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Lille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Amiens, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Etaples, Beaumont-Hamel, Arras
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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial
Australian National Memorial ©
Australian National Memorial
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens

12
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Montmartre. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Lille to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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