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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip maker website.

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 in Paris, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place Drouet-d'Erlon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Reims online trip maker.

Getting from Paris to Reims by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Reims, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection 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 see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Verdun vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Reims to Verdun takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. November in Verdun sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Metz trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Verdun to Metz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Verdun in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Metz, with highs around 48°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Chemin de la Corniche, take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock, and then don't miss a visit to Barrio Grund.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Luxembourg City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Metz to Luxembourg City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for 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 29th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Bastogne War Museum, and then stroll around Le Bois de la Paix.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bastogne online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Bastogne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to 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 30th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat) and then don't miss a visit to Grand Place.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brussels route planner.

Traveling by car from Bastogne to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in November, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride 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.
On the 30th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, pause for some photo ops at Brabo's Monument, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Antwerp tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. On the 1st (Thu), 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to The Markt, then make a trip to Provinciaal Hof, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bruges road trip app.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bruges are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Dunkirk.
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Dunkirk, France — 1 night

Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Dunkirk travel planner.

Drive from Bruges to Dunkirk in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Dunkirk are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore and then make a trip to l'Hotel de Ville de Calais.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Calais trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Dunkirk to Calais in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Calais are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel 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 3rd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then visit St-Leu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Calais to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Amiens sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can 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 4th (Sun): shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen travel planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Rouen, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stop by Loho Le Local Shop.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Le Havre trip planner.

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 50°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions 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, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Caen trip planner.

You can drive from Le Havre to Caen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Le Havre in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Caen, with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car 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. On the 7th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel journey planning app.

Getting from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) 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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