15 days in France, Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in France, Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Metz, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 1 night

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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Qatar, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bruges.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the long history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally make a trip to The Markt.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bruges itinerary app.

You can take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Ghent, Belgium

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Ghent City Center, then get to know the fascinating history of St Michael's Bridge, and then explore the galleries of Gravensteen.

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Traveling by car from Bruges to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 27th (Mon), admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Antwerp trip builder tool.

Drive from Ghent to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally don't miss a visit to Atomium.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Metz, France

— 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Œuvre de la cathédrale, get in on the family fun at Walygator Grand Est, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo d'Amnéville, and finally don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Metz road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Brussels to Metz in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Metz sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Metz

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Strasbourg, France

— 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Thu), walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Metz to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and finally see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen, then explore and take pictures at Rhine Falls, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zurich tour planner.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the activities along Aare River, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Bern by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks
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Annecy, France

— 1 night

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Annecy trip builder site.

You can drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Annecy sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.