21 days in The Netherlands, France & Brussels Itinerary

21 days in The Netherlands, France & Brussels Itinerary

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21 days in The Netherlands, France & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Marne-la-Vallee, France
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Manama, Bahrain

1
night
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take a stroll through Kop van Zuid and then stop by Markt Binnenrotte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of De Hoge Veluwe National Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Utrecht travel itinerary creator.

Manama, Bahrain to Utrecht is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manama to Utrecht. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manama in July; daily highs in Utrecht reach 25°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rotterdam, Hoge Veluwe National Park
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Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Kop van Zuid ©
Kop van Zuid
Blaak Markt ©
Blaak Markt

6
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans and De Duif. Shop till you drop at Albert Cuyp Market and De Negen Straatjes. Change things up with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, take a stroll through Leidseplein, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip generator.

Amsterdam is very close to Utrecht. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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 Musical Instruments Museum and Atomium will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Manneken Pis. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (The Chocolate Line Bruges, Historic Centre of Brugge, & more) and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) (in Ghent). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, stop by Pierre Marcolini, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and don't miss a visit to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brussels travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bruges, Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Explore hidden gems such as Le Marais and Île de la Cité. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Dôme Sacre Coeur, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, examine the collection at Musée Rodin, and stroll the grounds of The Catacombs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Marne-la-Vallee.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
Marne-la-Vallee, France

Marne-la-Vallee
As a "new town" best known for its Euro Disney Park and resorts, Marne-la-Vallée is a modern family resort town.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Fontainebleau and La Grange aux Dimes. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney Village. Take a break from Marne-la-Vallee with a short trip to La Tour Cesar in Provins, about 1h 05 min away. Have a day of magic on the 13th (Sun) at Walt Disney Studios Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marne-la-Vallee itinerary builder.

Marne-la-Vallee is just a short distance from Paris. August in Marne-la-Vallee sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marne-la-Vallee

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Provins, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
La Grange aux Dimes ©
La Grange aux Dimes
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

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