19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Rouen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Chartres, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Chambord, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Fly + tram:  3​h 30​min
7
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
+2
tram + Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague & Panorama Mesdag). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, explore the activities along Herengracht, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, and make a trip to Museum Quarter.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

New York City, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Amsterdam at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Hague
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Body Worlds ©
Body Worlds
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ©
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam ©
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Mini-Europe and Atomium will thrill your kids. Take a break from Brussels with a short trip to Pairi Daiza in Brugelette, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, don't miss a visit to Bois de la Cambre, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Brussels, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pairi Daiza
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 15th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc du Bocasse, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, admire the striking features of Church of St. Joan of Arc, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner .

Getting from Brussels to Rouen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In July in Rouen, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chartres.

Things to do in Rouen

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parc du Bocasse, Fondation Claude Monet
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Parc du Bocasse ©
Parc du Bocasse
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

2
nights
Chartres, France

Chartres ©
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to église St Pierre, then stroll through Espace Rambouillet, then steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette, and finally wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chartres online travel route planner .

Drive from Rouen to Chartres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chambord.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Espace Rambouillet
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Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Espace Rambouillet ©
Espace Rambouillet
La Maison Picassiette
La Maison Picassiette

2
nights
Chambord, France

Chambord ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): meet the residents at ZooParc de Beauval. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, step into the grandiose world of Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais.

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Getting from Chartres to Chambord by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Chambord are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Chambord

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, ZooParc de Beauval, Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire
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ZooParc de Beauval ©
ZooParc de Beauval
Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais ©
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

3
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Dune du Pilat. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Chambord to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dune du Pilat, Chateau de Reignac, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bordeaux to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Musee de Sciences biologiques Docteur Merieux
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

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