55 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

55 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne, France
— 6 nights
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Cassis, France
— 2 nights
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Drive to Marseille Provence Airport, Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Tiuccia
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Tiuccia, France
— 1 night
Drive to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Fly to Nice
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 3 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
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Giverny, France
— 1 night
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— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 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.
Appreciate the collections at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen), Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem & Grote Markt). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam route builder.

Apeldoorn to Amsterdam is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:

Brussels, Belgium

— 8 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire. Get a sense of the local culture at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Atomium. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Memorial Waterloo 1815 (in Braine-l'Alleud) and Antwerp (Museum Plantin-Moretus, Rubens House (Rubenshuis), &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and admire the natural beauty at Castle of Laeken.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 16:

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 Arc de Triomphe. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Palace of Versailles. Venture out of the city with trips to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (Cathedrale Saint Louis & Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris vacation planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 23:

Carcassonne, France

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Augustins and Musee De L'ecole. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Church of Les Jacobins. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse), Source du Frejo (in Olargues) and Domaine des Oiseaux (in Mazeres). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with Terre Liquide, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, admire the local landmark of Place Carnot, and make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne driving holiday website.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Cassis.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 29:

Cassis, France

— 2 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and then explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cassis online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Cassis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tiuccia.

Things to do in Cassis

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Tiuccia, France

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take a memorable excursion with Mare Bellu - Promenades en mer.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tiuccia day trip planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cassis to Tiuccia. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Tiuccia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Nice, France

— 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Le Suquet. Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Be Free 2 Dive (in Villeneuve-Loubet), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Villa Eilenroc, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tiuccia to Nice. Traveling from Tiuccia in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 9:

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 3 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Popular historic sites such as Mont Saint-Michel and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James are in your itinerary. Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes and Basilique de Notre Dame de Pontmain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel's surroundings by going to L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie (in Saint-Jean-le-Thomas) and Eglise Notre-Dame-sur-l'Eau (in Domfront). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Maison de l'Artichaut.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mont-Saint-Michel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Nice in July, things will get slightly colder in Mont-Saint-Michel: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Bayeux, France

— 6 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee du debarquement. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to La Batterie d'Azeville (Azeville gun battery) (in Azeville), Eglise Saint-Come-et-Saint-Damien d'Angoville-au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, see what you can catch with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, witness the site of a historic battle at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip site.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Giverny.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 18:

Giverny, France

— 1 night
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Fondation Claude Monet and then step into the grandiose world of Domaine of Villarceaux.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Giverny trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Bayeux to Giverny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Giverny sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Bruges.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

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.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Onze-Lieve-Vrouw ter Potterie capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and Ghent City Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Museum Dr. Guislain, Gravensteen, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Torture Museum Oude Steen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bruges online tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Giverny to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°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 Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Monuments
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.

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.