14 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

14 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Reims, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, take a stroll through Latin Quarter, then explore the activities along Seine River, and finally admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Paris. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in March, with highs in Paris at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally take a stroll through Place St. Gery. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, then examine the collection at Beer Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in March: highs in Brussels hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bruges.
Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

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 23rd (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, then join in the after-dark buzz at 2be Beer Wall, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Bruges online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Bruges sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping
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Antwerp, Belgium — 2 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then take in the exciting artwork at Museum De Reede, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, and finally stop by Grand Diamonds Jewelry. On your second day here, examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Molsbroek, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Thermen Katara.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Antwerp online itinerary planner.

Drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Reims.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips
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Reims, France — 2 nights

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Let the collections at Verdun Memorial and Citadelle Souterraine de Verdun capture your imagination. Visit Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Palais du Tau for their historical value. Explore Reims' surroundings by going to Moet et Chandon (in Epernay) and Cite du Champagne (in Ay). There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes, do a tasting at Champagne G.H. Martel & Co, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Reims trip maker website.

Fly from Antwerp to Reims in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Side Trips
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Paris, France — 1 night

On the 30th (Wed), visit Île de la Cité, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then wander the streets of Montmartre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Take a train from Reims to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.