14 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

14 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Verdun, France
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Metz, France
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Bastogne, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
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Dunkirk, France
— 1 night
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Calais, France
— 1 night
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Amiens, France
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Rouen, France
— 1 night
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Le Havre, France
— 1 night
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Caen, France
— 1 night
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
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Paris, France — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Paris due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Paris are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Reims.
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Reims, France — 1 night

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 25th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Place Drouet-d'Erlon.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Reims online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Paris to Reims takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Verdun.
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Verdun, France

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.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Tranchée de l'Ouvrage de la Falouse à Verdun., take in the history at La Tranchee de Chattancourt, and then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire du Faubourg-Pave.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Verdun road trip planning tool.

Getting from Reims to Verdun by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Verdun can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Metz.
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Metz, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Metz trip planner.

You can drive from Verdun to Metz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Verdun, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Metz, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

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 27th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, make a trip to Casemates du Bock, and then wander the streets of Barrio Grund.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Luxembourg City itinerary builder.

You can drive from Metz to Luxembourg City in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bastogne.
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Bastogne, Belgium

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. Over seven decades later, the town's daily life remains deeply linked to this dramatic episode in wartime history. Bastogne makes a good day trip from almost anywhere in the Ardennes region and provides an easy bus link to Liege, a popular travel destination located less than 70 km (45 mi) north.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial, then learn about all things military at Bastogne War Museum, and then stroll through Le Bois de la Paix.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bastogne trip planner.

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Bastogne in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

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 29th (Tue), examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat) and then contemplate the long history of Grand Place.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bastogne to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then pause for some photo ops at Brabo's Monument, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Antwerp online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium

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 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Bruges journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Bruges sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dunkirk.
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Dunkirk, France — 1 night

Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. On the 1st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dunkirk attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Dunkirk takes 1.5 hours. In November in Dunkirk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Calais.
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Calais, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore and then don't miss a visit to l'Hotel de Ville de Calais.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Calais trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dunkirk to Calais takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Calais sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off to Amiens.
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Amiens, France

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then wander the streets of St-Leu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amiens online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Calais to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Amiens are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen, France — 1 night

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rouen driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rouen can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Le Havre.
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Le Havre, France — 1 night

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
On the 3rd (Sat), stop by Loho Le Local Shop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Le Havre trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Rouen to Le Havre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Le Havre are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Caen.
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Caen, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): savor the flavors at La Compagnie des Terroirs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

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

You can drive from Le Havre to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Le Havre in December since evenings lows in Caen dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then make a trip to La Grande Rue.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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