11 days in Paris, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

11 days in Paris, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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11 days in Paris, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly:  30 min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: San Diego, United States

4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in April: high temperatures in Paris hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, take a stroll through Red Light District, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and tour the pleasant surroundings at ARTIS.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Amsterdam online visit planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Amsterdam in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, make a trip to Grand Place, then take a stroll through Lower Town, and finally take a stroll through Place St. Gery. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), see the interesting displays at Atomium, shop like a local with Avenue Louise, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally wander the streets of Upper Town - Haut de la Ville.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Brussels, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Place St. Gery ©
Place St. Gery
Lower Town ©
Lower Town

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