11 days in France, Manchester & Brussels Itinerary

11 days in France, Manchester & Brussels Itinerary

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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Cavaillon, France
— 1 night
Drive to Marseille Provence Airport, Fly to Lille
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Lille, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 2 nights

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Manchester, United Kingdom

— 1 night

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
On the 9th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Manchester Art Gallery, then examine the collection at National Football Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The City of Manchester Distillery, and finally have fun and explore at Science and Industry Museum. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Ridge Walk Mam Tor to Losehill and then explore the activities along Ladybower Reservoir.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manchester trip maker app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport and East Midlands Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Toulouse.

Things to do in Manchester

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Toulouse, France

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, admire the local landmark of La Fontaine Boulbonne, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, then see the interesting displays at Musee Georges Labit, and finally make a trip to Le Capitole.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse travel website.

Getting from Manchester to Toulouse by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Toulouse is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in Toulouse reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Cavaillon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Cavaillon, France

— 1 night
Cavaillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Hotel d'Agar, then make a trip to Via Ferrata de Cavaillon, then get great views at Chapelle St Jacques, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Hammam Saint Augustin.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cavaillon trip planning tool.

Getting from Toulouse to Cavaillon by car takes about 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Cavaillon are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lille.

Things to do in Cavaillon

Historic Sites · Baths · Museums · Spas
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Lille, France

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, then get to know the fascinating history of Place aux Oignons, then see the interesting displays at LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne d'art contemporain et d'art brut, and finally see the interesting displays at Asnapio.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lille trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cavaillon to Lille. Traveling from Cavaillon in April, you will find days in Lille are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites
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Brussels, Belgium

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie, Historic Centre of Brugge, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, and see the interesting displays at Atomium.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip maker site.

You can drive from Lille to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lille in April, plan for little chillier days in Brussels, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Manchester.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

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Manchester, United Kingdom

— 2 nights

Capital of the North

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Peak Mountaineering, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ladybower Reservoir, and then take in the exciting artwork at Chatsworth House. On the next day, take in the pleasant sights at York City Walls, pause for some serene contemplation at York Minster, and then learn about all things military at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manchester trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Brussels to Manchester in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Manchester due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manchester

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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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.