20 days in Belgium, Paris & Rotterdam Itinerary

20 days in Belgium, Paris & Rotterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights

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Paris, France

Paris ©

City of Light

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Rodin and Chartres Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

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Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Paris is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll explore and learn at Atomium and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Change things up with a short trip to Pairi Daiza in Brugelette (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip maker website.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. While traveling from Paris, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Groeningemuseum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and De Panne Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Beach De Haan (in De Haan), Mini Crazy Golf (in Blankenberge) and In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, contemplate the long history of Huis Boechoute, and enjoy the sand and surf at The Dunes of Bredene.

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You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
In Flanders Fields Museum

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sint-Annastrand, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bruges in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antwerp: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Carolus Borromeus Church ©
Carolus Borromeus Church

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Get some cultural insight at World Heritage Kinderdijk and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Relax by the water at Oostkapelle Beach and Hoek van Holland beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotterdam: Maria Magdalenakerk (in Goes), Deltawerken Oosterschelde (in Burgh-Haamstede) and Boulevard van Vlissingen (in Vlissingen). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), pause for some serene contemplation at Maria van Jessekerk, and meet the residents at Rotterdam Zoo.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam attractions website.

Drive from Antwerp to Rotterdam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Rotterdam Zoo ©
Rotterdam Zoo
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) ©

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