12 days in Belgium, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

12 days in Belgium, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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12 days in Belgium, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau) and Parc des Felins. Musee de la Toile de Jouy and Chateau de Fontainebleau will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Ferme de Viltain (in Jouy en Josas) and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Monument a Charles Gounod.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fontainebleau, Versailles, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Parc des Felins
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Parc des Felins ©
Parc des Felins
Musee de la Toile de Jouy ©
Musee de la Toile de Jouy
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the striking features of Bloemenwerf, admire the striking features of Villa Empain, then don't miss a visit to Bois de la Cambre, then delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Petit Train a Vapeur de Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Napoleon's Last Headquarters, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Waterloo 1815, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Buuren Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in January, expect nights in Brussels to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Napoleon's Last Headquarters, Memorial Waterloo 1815
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Van Buuren Museum ©
Van Buuren Museum
Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815
Sonian Forest ©
Sonian Forest

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Last Post ceremony, get engrossed in the history at In Flanders Fields Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at De Assels. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), admire the striking features of Gent-Sint-Pieters Railway Station, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, and finally stroll the grounds of Tyne Cot Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Bruges day trip planning tool .

Take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Bruges sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ghent, Ieper (Ypres), Zonnebeke
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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery

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.
You'll explore and learn at Gallery van Dun - Contemporary Art and Rocksteady Militaria. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dordrechts Museum and St. John's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Safaripark Beekse Bergen (in Tilburg), Noordbrabants Museum (in Den Bosch) and Galerie Lilja Zakirova (in Heusden). There's more to do: trek along Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam holiday planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Oisterwijk, Den Bosch, Dordrechts Museum, Rocksteady Militaria, Safaripark Beekse Bergen
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Safaripark Beekse Bergen ©
Safaripark Beekse Bergen
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen ©
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen
Dordrechts Museum ©
Dordrechts Museum

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