9 days in Paris, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

9 days in Paris, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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9 days in Paris, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15 h
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
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.
Let the collections at Chateau de Chantilly and Musee Marmottan Monet capture your imagination. Visiting Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: UGOLF Golf d'Apremont (in Apremont) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in April, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Chantilly, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, UGOLF Golf d'Apremont
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Cathedral (Sint-Salvatorskathedraal), look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Paris to Bruges by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Bruges sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip maker website .

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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