9 days in Bruges, Normandy & Brussels Itinerary

9 days in Bruges, Normandy & Brussels Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Markt, get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bruges travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to Bruges is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Bruges. While traveling from Toronto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bruges, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Rouen, France

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Vieux Rouen, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and finally don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Tour Jeanne d'Arc, explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Rouen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Rouen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Side Trip

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Bayeux, France

— 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to Grand Degre.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Atomium, then steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and finally steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Brussels in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Brussels

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Normandy travel guide

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Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.