18 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

18 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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18 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Arras, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Paris, France

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Eglise St-Aignan. The Trianons & The Hamlet and The Royal Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chamarande (in Chamarande), Barbizon School Museum (Musee de l'Ecole de Barbizon) (in Barbizon) and Propriete Caillebotte (in Yerres). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours, see the interesting displays at Verrerie d'art, and take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip app .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off toArras.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chartres, Versailles, Chateau de Blandy-les-Tours, Chateau de Breteuil, Barbizon School Museum (Musee de l'Ecole de Barbizon)
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Verrerie d'art ©
Verrerie d'art

1
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Arras, France

Arras ©
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arras vacation site .

Getting from Paris to Arras by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Arras sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Arras

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Adelaide Cemetery, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

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.
Les Draisines De La Molignée and Parc de Furfooz will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Musee royal de Mariemont and Chateau de Seneffe. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Musee de la Photographie (in Charleroi), Mahymobiles (in Leuze-en-Hainaut) and Eglise Saint-Loup (in Namur). There's more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial and steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint Martin - Monument classe.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels driving holiday planner .

Getting from Arras to Brussels by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Musee royal de Mariemont, Mahymobiles, Musee de la Photographie, Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Parc de Furfooz
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Eglise Saint-Loup ©
Eglise Saint-Loup
Les Draisines De La Molignée ©
Les Draisines De La Molignée
Musee royal de Mariemont ©
Musee royal de Mariemont

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Gravensteen and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Nicholas' Cathedral and Raversyde. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: STAM Ghent City Museum (in Ghent) and Lange Max Museum (in Koekelare). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip maker .

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ghent, Lange Max Museum, Raversyde
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

2
nights
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Ieper (Ypres) ©
Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
You've now added Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, make a trip to Tyne Cot Cemetery, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium, then stroll the grounds of Langemark Cemetery, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62). On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Bedford House Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of In Flanders Fields Museum, take in the history at Passchendaele Prints & Battlefield Tours, then stroll the grounds of Ypres Memorial, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Hooge Crater Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ieper (Ypres) trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Ieper (Ypres) can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery
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Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
In Flanders Fields Museum ©
In Flanders Fields Museum
Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62) ©
Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62)

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nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bayeux War Cemetery and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Musee D-Day Omaha will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire, admire the masterpieces at MAHB Musee d'art et d'histoire baron gerard, and examine the collection at Lace Conservatory in Hotel du Doyen (Dentelle de Bayeux).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux visit planner .

Traveling by car from Ieper (Ypres) to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Bayeux are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Musee D-Day Omaha, D-Day Monument
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 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame

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