23 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

23 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train to Dol De Bretagne, Taxi to Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Ho Chi Minh City


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.
Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights)). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam driving holiday planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Amsterdam is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Amsterdam, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Markt, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and browse the exhibits of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bruges attractions planning site.

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM).

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Brussels are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours
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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris online trip maker.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Paris, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 21st (Sun), cool off at Alligator Bay and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Side Trip
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, stop by Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online visit planner.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Saint-Raphael, France — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Step out of Saint-Raphael with an excursion to Waterworld lake of gaudrade in Puget-sur-Argens--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with TakSea, learn about winemaking at Domaine Terres Destel, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael road trip website.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

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.

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.