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15 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary
Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly: 19 h 45 min
Paris, France— 3 nights
Train: 1 h 30 min
Brussels, Belgium— 5 nights
Train: 1 h 15 min
Bruges, Belgium— 2 nights
Drive: 2 h 45 min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands— 3 nights
Fly: 18 h 15 min
End: San Francisco, United States
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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.Popular historic sites such as Palace of Versailles and Sainte-Chapelle are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.
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San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.
Things to do in Paris
Palace of Versailles
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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.Visit Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Musical Instruments Museum and Atomium. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels online itinerary creator.
Traveling by train from Paris to Brussels takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
Things to do in Brussels
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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.Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, then admire the masterpieces at Groeninge Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, make a trip to Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, don't miss a visit to Stadhuis, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then admire the striking features of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally make a trip to The Markt.
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You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
Things to do in Bruges
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Venice of the North
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.Visit Anne Frank House and Rembrandt House Museum for their historical value. Rijksmuseum and Frans Hals Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Grote Markt in Haarlem, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.
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Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Amsterdam
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