11 days in France, Luxembourg & Bruges Itinerary

11 days in France, Luxembourg & Bruges Itinerary

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Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
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Paris, France — 3 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 Île de la Cité and 1st Arrondissement. Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Chateau of Vincennes. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, don't miss a visit to Place des Vosges, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation builder.

Dulles, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Dulles in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Colmar.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre-Dame du Schauenberg, then see the interesting displays at Musee Espace des Metiers du Bois et du Patrimoine, and then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Vauban Fortifications, don't miss a visit to Maison Schongauer, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu, then admire the masterpieces at The Village of Hansi and his Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colmar trip planning app.

Getting from Paris to Colmar by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Colmar are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Luxembourg City.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): deepen your knowledge of military history at Holy Ghost Citadel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, then take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Drai Eechelen.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Luxembourg City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Groeningemuseum and Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Nicholas' Cathedral and Bruges Art Route. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium (in Diksmuide), Essex Farm Cemetery (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Langemark Cemetery (in Langemark). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Markt, take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Annakerk.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Bruges takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France

City of Light

For traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. On the 28th (Sun), you're off to home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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Luxembourg travel guide

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Castles · Landmarks · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.
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