18 days in France, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in France, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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18 days in France, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  5​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Beirut, Lebanon


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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pairi Daiza.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary builder site .

Beirut, Lebanon to Brussels is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Brussels is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Beirut in July, things will get little chillier in Brussels: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Tours

Side Trips

Antwerpen-Centraal, Pairi Daiza
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Pairi Daiza ©
Pairi Daiza
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Fondation Claude Monet and Île de la Cité. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Fondation Claude Monet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts, and finally ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

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You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In August in Lyon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bastogne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Golf
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Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

1
night
Bastogne, Belgium

Bastogne ©
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Mardasson Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Bastogne War Museum, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bastogne day trip website .

Explore your travel options from Lyon to Bastogne with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Bastogne

Historic Sites Museums
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Mardasson Memorial ©
Mardasson Memorial
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Belfry of Bruges and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ieper (Ypres) (In Flanders Fields Museum, Menin Gate Memorial, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, and stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Bastogne to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, train, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ieper (Ypres)
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Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
Burg Square ©
Burg Square
Last Post ©
Last Post

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Jordaan and De Duif. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, and examine the collection at Zaanse Schans.

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You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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