20 days in Belgium, Paris & Rotterdam Itinerary

20 days in Belgium, Paris & Rotterdam Itinerary

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20 days in Belgium, Paris & Rotterdam Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Rotterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chartres Cathedral. Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum will appeal to museum buffs. 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: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

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Manchester, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. 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) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Atomium and Grand Place. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles) will appeal to history buffs. When in Brussels, make a side trip to see Pairi Daiza in Brugelette, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire, browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip builder app .

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Pairi Daiza
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

4
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
We've included these beaches for you: De Panne Beach and Naaaktstrand Bredene. Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen Castle capture your imagination. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)), Mini Crazy Golf (in Blankenberge) and De Haan beach (in De Haan). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and admire the landmark architecture of Huis Boechoute.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; 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) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bredene, De Panne Beach, Mini Crazy Golf, In Flanders Fields Museum, Gravensteen
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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
In Flanders Fields Museum

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Carolus Borromeus Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Sint-Annastrand, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt van Antwerpen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De Kathedraal.

Plan trip to Antwerp with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Bruges to Antwerp by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bruges in July, you will find days in Antwerp are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

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

4
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
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.
Visiting Strand Domburg and Rotterdam Zoo will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk and Maria van Jessekerk. Get out of town with these interesting Rotterdam side-trips: Boulevard van Vlissingen (in Vlissingen), Deltawerken Oosterschelde (in Burgh-Haamstede) and Maria Magdalenakerk (in Goes). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Oostkapelle Beach, stroll through Hoek van Holland beach, admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Hague, Oostkapelle Beach, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Deltawerken Oosterschelde, Maria Magdalenakerk
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Rotterdam Zoo ©
Rotterdam Zoo
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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