22 days in France, Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to La Croix-Valmer
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La Croix-Valmer, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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La Croix-Valmer, France — 3 nights

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Visit Plage Des Brouis and Plage de Gigaro for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting La Croix-Valmer side-trips: Le Lavandou (Plage de l'Anglade, Grande Plage du Lavandou, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud 1 Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Debarquement.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Croix-Valmer attractions planning site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to La Croix-Valmer is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In May, La Croix-Valmer is much colder than Riyadh - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Croisette and Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Marche Forville & Le Suquet). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Nice takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from La Croix-Valmer in May: highs in Nice hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France — 1 night

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, then appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, and finally steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in May: high temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Musee de l’Orangerie. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Paris planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Appreciate the collections at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Belgian Comic Strip Center. Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and Parc du Cinquantenaire are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Atomium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll explore and learn at Groeningemuseum and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Get some historical perspective at Historic Centre of Brugge and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral & Gravensteen). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Markt, examine the collection at Friet Museum, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Begijnhof. Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague) and Haarlem (Grote Markt & Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, walk around Vondelpark, and visit The Jordaan.

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Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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France travel guide

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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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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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