19 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

19 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
2
Le Mans City, France
— 1 night
3
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
4
Caen, France
— 1 night
5
Rouen, France
— 1 night
6
Dunkirk, France
— 1 night
7
Calais, France
— 1 night
8
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
9
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
11
Bastogne, Belgium
— 1 night
12
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
13
Metz, France
— 1 night
14
Verdun, France
— 1 night
15
Reims, France
— 1 night

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. In September, Paris is a bit cooler than Sao Paulo - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Le Mans City, France

Le Mans City ©
Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at Escape Time Le Mans, explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de la Visitation.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Le Mans City trip maker tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Le Mans City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Le Mans City are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Escape Time Le Mans
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Escape Time Le Mans ©
Escape Time Le Mans
Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet ©
Chapelle de la Visitation ©
Chapelle de la Visitation

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Romain Pilon - guide independant, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel tour planning site.

You can take a train from Le Mans City to Mont-Saint-Michel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Romain Pilon - guide independant, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©
Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel ©

1
night
Caen, France

Caen ©
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 6th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and then gain some tasty knowledge on La Compagnie des Terroirs.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Caen trip builder site.

You can take a train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Caen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
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La Compagnie des Terroirs ©
La Compagnie des Terroirs
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, make a trip to La maison sublime, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Les Racines du Ciel.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rouen travel planner.

Getting from Caen to Rouen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Rouen sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Les Racines du Ciel ©
Les Racines du Ciel

1
night
Dunkirk, France

Dunkirk
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunkirk trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Dunkirk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Dunkirk sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll set off for Calais on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Dunkirk

Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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1
night
Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Cap Blanc-Nez and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Calais attractions planner.

You can drive from Dunkirk to Calais in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Calais

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Cap Blanc-Nez
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Cap Blanc-Nez ©
Cap Blanc-Nez

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then get engrossed in the history at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bruges online travel planner.

You can drive from Calais to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Bruges, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt

2
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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 11th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Antwerp are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ghent, Beguinage
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Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

1
night
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 13th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Brussels, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bastogne.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

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.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the history at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, then learn about all things military at Bastogne Barracks, then stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bastogne trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bastogne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Bastogne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

German War Cemetery
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Bastogne Barracks ©
Bastogne Barracks
Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours ©
101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne ©
101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne

1
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), make a trip to Monument to Michel Rodange, don't miss a visit to Place Guillaume II, then admire the landmark architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), then get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and finally explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Luxembourg City trip maker site.

Drive from Bastogne to Luxembourg City in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Metz.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche
Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) ©
Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal) ©

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Metz, France

Metz ©
Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the striking features of Palais du Gouverneur de Metz, get outside with Plan d'Eau de Metz, then explore the activities along Canal de la Moselle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at La Porte Secrete.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Metz day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Metz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Verdun.

Things to do in Metz

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

La Porte Secrete
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Plan d'Eau de Metz ©
Plan d'Eau de Metz
Palais du Gouverneur de Metz ©
Palais du Gouverneur de Metz
La Porte Secrete ©
La Porte Secrete

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Verdun, France

Verdun ©
The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Domaine de Sommedieue, then see the interesting displays at Tranchée de l'Ouvrage de la Falouse à Verdun., then witness the site of a historic battle at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Verdun online vacation planner.

Getting from Metz to Verdun by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Metz in October, you will find days in Verdun are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Reims.

Things to do in Verdun

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Domaine de Sommedieue, La Tranchee de Chattancourt, Tranchée de l'Ouvrage de la Falouse à Verdun.
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La Tranchee de Chattancourt ©
La Tranchee de Chattancourt
Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave ©
Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave

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Reims, France

Reims
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Budding.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Reims visit website.

Getting from Verdun to Reims by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Reims are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries
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