23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

23 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Le Havre, France
Bus
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Etretat, France
— 1 day
Bus
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Le Havre, France
— 1 night
Bus to Caen, Train to Mont-Saint-Michel
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Amboise, France
— 2 nights
Train to Tours, Bus to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
Bus
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Bus
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Popular historic sites such as Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Chateau de Fontainebleau are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: La Hotte du Diable (in Coincy) and Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris journey planner.

Bengaluru, India to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Paris is minus 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in September, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Le Havre.
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Le Havre, France

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Le Havre driving holiday website.

Take a train from Paris to Le Havre in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to Etretat.
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Etretat, France — 1 day

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
You've now added Chemin des Douaniers to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers, examine the collection at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, then admire the natural beauty at Les jardins de Louanne, then admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage-Baignade Yport.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip planner.

You can take a bus from Le Havre to Etretat in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Le Havre.
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Le Havre, France — 1 night

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Le Havre trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a bus from Etretat to Le Havre in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Sun), you're off to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. You've now added Mont Saint-Michel to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then get engrossed in the history at Musée Historique du Mont Saint Michel, and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Le Havre to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of bus and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amboise.
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Amboise, France — 2 nights

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, stop by La Maison des Parapluies, and then look for gifts at Poterie Agny. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and finally look for gifts at L'Ete Indien.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Amboise trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Amboise in 3.5 hours. October in Amboise sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You've now added Wine Tours & Tastings to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip builder tool.

Do a combination of train and bus from Amboise to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Nice.
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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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Rue d'Antibes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain capture your imagination. Step out of Nice to go to Frejus and see Base Nature Francois Leotard, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Vieille Ville, kick back and relax at Paloma Beach, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, and steep yourself in history at Villa Kerylos.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Geneva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Geneva is slightly colder than Nice - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. You'll set off for Chamonix on the 7th (Sun).
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Ferme de l'Aberieux, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by Snell Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle.

Planning Chamonix trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Geneva to Chamonix by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and then browse the range of quality goods at Manor Geneve.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva holiday planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Geneva by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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 10th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, then explore the activities along Etangs d'Ixelles, and finally contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Brussels takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Het Zwin Natuur Park, then look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, then stop by The Old Chocolate House, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, and then head outdoors with De Panne Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bruges online day trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. October in Bruges sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden and Flying Dutch Boats. Head to Leidseplein and De Kaaskamerfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Westeinderplassen in Aalsmeer, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, stroll through Ouderkerkerplas, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and look for gifts at Tjin's Toko.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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France travel guide

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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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