11 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

11 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Paris
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights


Saint-Raphael, France — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mont Vinaigre, see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, and then stroll through Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

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Houston, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Houston in July, with highs in Saint-Raphael at 84°F and lows at 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Nice, France — 2 nights

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and finally make a trip to Promenade des Anglais. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Marineland.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nice trip builder website.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and then get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix tour planner.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Paris.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Paris, France — 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Paris are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then browse the exhibits of Atomium, and finally get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brussels travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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France travel guide

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.

Belgium travel guide

Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.