8 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

8 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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8 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Paris, France
— 1 night
2
Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Seattle, United States


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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Seattle, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Seattle to Paris due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Reims, France

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 20th (Sat), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Reims trip planner .

Take a train from Paris to Reims in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Reims, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Reims

Tours Wineries Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Champagne Taittinger ©
Champagne Taittinger

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.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Halve Maan Brewery, get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally don't miss a visit to Burg Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges journey planner.

Drive from Reims to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally browse the exhibits of Atomium. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, then see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brussels tour builder site .

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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