10 days in Belgium, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): visit Lower Town, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), then delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cantillon Brewery, then don't miss a visit to Place St. Gery, and finally make a trip to Grand Place.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brussels online road trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Brussels is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Brussels. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Brussels are cooler (7°C), and nights are little chillier (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Louvre Museum. Visit Eiffel Tower and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for their historical value. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of The Paris Catacombs, and visit Montmartre.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris journey planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a train to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

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Take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 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.
On the 30th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, then wander the streets of Red Light District, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through De 9 Straatjes, take a stroll through The Jordaan, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally take a stroll through Leiden Square (Leidseplein).

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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