55 days in The Netherlands, France & Belgium Itinerary

55 days in The Netherlands, France & Belgium Itinerary

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Train to Den Helder Zuid, Ferry to Texel
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Texel, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 9 nights
Fly
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nice, France
— 8 nights
Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Tiuccia
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Tiuccia, France
— 2 nights
Drive to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Giverny, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Texel, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Texel, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Marinemuseum and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Texel trip itinerary planner.

Apeldoorn to Texel is an approximately 4-hour combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Apeldoorn in June, expect nights in Texel to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Texel

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 9 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Grote Markt. Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Madurodam. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster), Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Delft (Old Church & Nieuwe Kerk). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, and walk around Vondelpark.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and train from Texel to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 11:

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 12th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Musee Christian Dior, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, and then stroll through Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In June in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:

Bayeux, France

— 5 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Normandy American Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, contemplate the long history of Abbey d’Ardenne, and awaken your taste buds at Cave Cidricole Lecornu.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

Carcassonne, France

— 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Musee des Augustins and Musee Fabre. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip maker.

You can fly from Bayeux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in June, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

Nice, France

— 8 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and Musee Picasso. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more) and Swim with Dolphins (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

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You can fly from Carcassonne to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Tiuccia.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — Jul 1:

Tiuccia, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Couvent Saint Francois, then delve into the lush surroundings at Foret d'Aitone, and then stroll through Plage de Sagone. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Mare Bellu - Promenades en mer and then stroll through A Cupulatta.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tiuccia trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nice to Tiuccia. Traveling from Nice in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Tiuccia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Tiuccia

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Paris, France

— 7 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Palace of Versailles. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau), Chambord (Domaine National de Chambord & Chateau de Chambord) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and make a trip to Louvre Museum.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tiuccia to Paris. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tiuccia in July: highs in Paris hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 10:

Giverny, France

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bizy, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Giverny online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Paris to Giverny in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July in Giverny, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Bruges.

Things to do in Giverny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Bruges, Belgium

— 6 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Groeningemuseum and Gravensteen. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and St. Nicholas' Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Ghent (Design Museum Gent, Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, &more) and Damvallei (in Destelbergen). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip maker tool.

Fly from Giverny to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 18:

Brussels, Belgium

— 7 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: La Roche-aux-Faucons (in Esneux), Domaine de Palogne (in Ferrieres) and Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady, Grote Markt, &more). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Atomium, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and get a taste of the local shopping with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Brussels sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 25:

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.