22 days in France, Bruges & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights


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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse and Île de la Cité. Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and make a trip to Eglise Saint Joseph Artisan.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Paris is minus 9 hours. In November, Paris is colder than Sydney - with highs of 12°C and lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get some historical perspective at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Vieil Aix. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Espiguette Beach and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Site Archeologique de Glanum & Les Antiques), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Aigues-Mortes (Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes & Chapelle de la Confrerie des Penitents-Gris). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Oblats, and explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence tour planner.

Getting from Paris to Aix-en-Provence by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in November; daily highs in Aix-en-Provence reach 19°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then don't miss a visit to High Gate. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in December; daily highs in Strasbourg reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tyne Cot Cemetery and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Gravensteen and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Ghent City Center, &more) and Passchendaele New British Cemetery (in Zonnebeke). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Torture Museum Oude Steen, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bruges tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Bruges takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 11th (Sun), you're off to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Portuguese Synagogue. Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planning website.

Drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.