19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

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19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Seattle, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  5​h
3
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Saint-Emilion, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Saumur, France
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Seattle, United States

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Brouwerij 't IJ, Rembrandt House Museum, Leidseplein, and other attractions you added. Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. The Jordaan and Begijnhof are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Seattle, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Zaanse Schans
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

4
nights
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.
You've added Magritte Museum Musée Magritte, Brasserie Cantillon, Poechenellekelder, and other attractions to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Step out of Brussels with an excursion to Stadhuis in Bruges--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and steep yourself in history at Royal Palace (Palais Royal).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Brussels holiday planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Brussels by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 8th (Fri), you're off toBordeaux.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Nightlife Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Magritte Museum
Magritte Museum

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Andre, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then take a stroll through Port of the Moon. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Maison du Vin, examine the collection at Maison de l'huitre, and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux itinerary maker.

You can fly from Brussels to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Brussels in September; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 75°F and lows reach 56°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maison de l’Huitre, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
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Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte ©
Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Maison de l’Huitre ©
Maison de l’Huitre

1
night
Saint-Emilion, France

Saint-Emilion ©
Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Monolithe de Saint-Émilion, then do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, then do a tasting at LES CORDELIERS, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Franc Laporte.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Emilion trip builder.

Getting from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Saumur.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries Historic Sites
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Cloitre des Cordeliers ©
Cloitre des Cordeliers
Chateau Laniote ©
Chateau Laniote
Château Franc-Laporte ©
Château Franc-Laporte

2
nights
Saumur, France

Saumur ©
Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres, then examine the collection at Pierre et Lumiere, and then examine the collection at Maurice Dufresne Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, take in nature's colorful creations at Château de Villandry, and then Head underground at Cave Museum, Village Troglodyte de Rochemenier.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saumur trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Saint-Emilion to Saumur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Saumur

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau, Chateau de Villandry, Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier, Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres
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Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
Pierre et Lumiere ©
Pierre et Lumiere

5
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.
You've added Luxembourg Gardens, Dôme Sacre Coeur, Palace of Versailles, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musée d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and make a trip to Place de la Bastille.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation builder.

Take a train from Saumur to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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