16 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

16 days in France, Belgium & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Amiens, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Metz, France
— 1 night
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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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.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of Le Chemin de la Corniche, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Luxembourg City trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Luxembourg City is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in December: high temperatures in Luxembourg City hover around 42°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) 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 11th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally steep yourself in history at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of Laeken, then examine the collection at Atomium, and then see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder website.

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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 12th (Sun): stop by The Chocolate Line - Dominique Persoone.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antwerp trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Antwerp by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 nights

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 14th (Tue): admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, and finally see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges itinerary planner.

Drive from Antwerp to Bruges in 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 your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Lille.
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Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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Lille, France — 1 night

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musee Hospice Comtesse.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lille, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Bruges to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Amiens.
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Amiens, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then take a stroll through St-Leu, and finally get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Amiens journey builder tool.

Getting from Lille to Amiens by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paris.
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Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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 18th (Sat): admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris trip tool.

You can drive from Amiens to Paris in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 20th (Mon), visit Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and then make a trip to Vieille Ville. Keep things going the next day: stop by Alsace Factory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally take a stroll through La Petite France.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car 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 22nd (Wed): meet the residents at Zoo d'Amnéville, don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville, and then admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Metz online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Metz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Metz are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Luxembourg City.
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Art and History (Musee National d'Histoire et d'Art), don't miss a visit to William Square, and then snap pictures at Viaduc (Passerelle).

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Luxembourg City attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Metz to Luxembourg City in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Fri).
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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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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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