13 days in France, Cologne & Antwerp Itinerary

13 days in France, Cologne & Antwerp Itinerary

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Drive to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Fly to Düsseldorf Airport, Drive to Cologne
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Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Lille, France
— 2 nights
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Metz, France
— 2 nights
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Dijon, France
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Eltz Castle (in Wierschem), Deutsches Eck (German Corner) (in Koblenz) and Rathaus (in Nassau). Pack the 2nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne road trip planner.

Potenza, Italy to Cologne is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Get out of town with these interesting Antwerp side-trips: Ghent (Gravensteen & Ghent City Center) and Ieper (Ypres) (In Flanders Fields Museum, Menin Gate Memorial, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, don't miss a visit to Grote Markt, look for gifts at Di Amore, and examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis).

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Cologne to Antwerp in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Antwerp are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Lille.

Things to do in Antwerp

Side Trips

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Lille, France

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 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, then make a trip to Grande Place, then don't miss a visit to Place du Theatre, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Lille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, admire the striking features of Old Stock Exchange, then see the interesting displays at Musée du Louvre-Lens, then pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, and finally make a trip to Heroes Square.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lille holiday planning site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Lille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Metz, France

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
On the 9th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, then stroll around Parc de la Pepiniere, then don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, and finally admire the local landmark of Place Duroc. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Comedie, then make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, and finally examine the collection at Centre Pompidou-Metz.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Metz trip tool.

You can drive from Lille to Metz in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Metz

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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Dijon, France

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, admire the local landmark of Jardin Darcy, walk along Owl's Trail, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then make a trip to Place de la Liberation, and finally don't miss a visit to Hotel de Vogue.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dijon route planner.

You can drive from Metz to Dijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Dijon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.