22 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

22 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights


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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Rodin and Musee Marmottan Monet. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres.

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Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paris is minus 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Paris reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 4 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carrieres des Lumieres and Vieil Aix. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Eglise St-Trophime. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Aigues-Mortes (Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes & Chapelle de la Confrerie des Penitents-Gris), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Les Antiques) and Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Oblats, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

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You can fly from Paris to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Strasbourg.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then contemplate the long history of Porte Haute. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

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You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In May, Strasbourg is a bit cooler than Aix-en-Provence - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Gravensteen and Graslei and Korenlei are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Ghent City Center, &more) and Passchendaele New British Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and admire the striking features of Huis Boechoute.

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You can drive from Strasbourg to Bruges in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. When traveling from Strasbourg in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bruges: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 24th (Mon), you'll travel to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zaanse Schans and Micropia. Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, admire the landmark architecture of Portuguese Synagogue, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, and engage your brain at Body Worlds.

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Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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.