17 days in France, Belgium & Milan Itinerary

17 days in France, Belgium & Milan Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Calais, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Le Havre, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Caen, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Taxi to Dol De Bretagne, Train to Paris
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy — 1 night

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 10th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, and then see La Casa Maledetta. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then examine the collection at Civic Archaeological Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary app.

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In February, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brussels online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Milan to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Milan in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 5°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, then look for gifts at Orsini Diamonds, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Nation.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Antwerp trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. February in Antwerp sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ghent.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Ghent, Belgium — 3 nights

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ghent: Bruges (Church of Our Lady Bruges, Groeningemuseum, &more). There's more to do: explore the galleries of Gravensteen.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ghent trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Calais.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Calais, France — 1 night

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Manake Institut, look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, and then meet the residents at Nausicaa.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Calais trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ghent to Calais in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Le Havre.
Shopping · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Side Trips
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Le Havre, France — 2 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and then don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin. On the next day, make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Le Havre online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Calais to Le Havre by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. February in Le Havre sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Caen.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Caen, France — 1 night

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): work off some steam at Zen Hydro Fit, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Caen trip maker website.

Drive from Le Havre to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trip
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planning site.

Getting from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.
Historic Sites
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Paris, France — 4 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.
Paris is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:

Belgium travel guide

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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.

France travel guide

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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.