17 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

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Minneapolis, USA to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Paris is 7 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in November, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 51°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Brussels sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Bruges, Belgium — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Bruges is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bruges, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, meet the residents at ARTIS, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.