11 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

11 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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11 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: San Francisco, United States

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Paris, France

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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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc Saint Paul and Île de la Cité. Change things up with a short trip to Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Le Marais and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Paris. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

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Fondation Claude Monet, Parc Saint Paul
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Parc Saint Paul
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Fondation Claude Monet
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Île de la Cité

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then make a trip to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Leopold.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Brussels holiday planner.

Take a train from Paris to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Brussels, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

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Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Bruges, Belgium

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The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 2nd (Sun), look for gifts at The Bottle Shop, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, make a trip to Burg Square, then don't miss a visit to Stadhuis, and finally look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges vacation planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

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Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
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Minnewater Lake
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Stadhuis

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Efteling and De Duif. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Heerlijck Slaapen op de Zaanse Schans, make a trip to Parkeergarage Museum Quarter, look for gifts at Van Stapele Koekmakerij, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Efteling
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Efteling
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Zaanse Schans