13 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

13 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Caen, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Chambord, France
Drive
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Semur-en-Auxois, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France

— 4 nights

City of Light

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 Paris with an excursion to Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Paris is 4 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in February, things will get much colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.
On the 21st (Mon), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Laeken. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Brussels travel tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in February: highs in Brussels hover around 5°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
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Caen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Hommes, take in the views from Pegasus Bridge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames.

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Drive from Brussels to Caen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Brussels, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Caen, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Chambord.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Chambord, France

On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Domaine National de Chambord and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chambord online attractions planner.

You can drive from Caen to Chambord in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Caen in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 0°C in Chambord. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites
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Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 25th (Fri), take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, and finally admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux journey maker.

Drive from Chambord to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In February, Bordeaux is a bit warmer than Chambord - with highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Semur-en-Auxois.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Semur-en-Auxois, France

— 1 night
Semur-en-Auxois is a commune of the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Notre-Dame de Semur-en-Auxois, snap pictures at Pinard Bridge, and then don't miss a visit to Tour de l'Orle d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Parc de l'Auxois, get engrossed in the history at MuseoParc Alesia, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Bussy-Rabutin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Semur-en-Auxois online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Semur-en-Auxois in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Bordeaux in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Semur-en-Auxois, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Semur-en-Auxois

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.