16 days in The Netherlands, Brussels & France Itinerary

16 days in The Netherlands, Brussels & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Paris, France
— 5 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Nieuwe Kerk (in Delft) and The Hague (Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) & Kunstmuseum Den Haag). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Body Worlds, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Melbourne, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In February, Amsterdam is cooler than Melbourne - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and René Magritte Museum. Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. Venture out of the city with trips to Leuven (Groot Begijnhof & Town Hall (Stadhuis)), Herge Museum (in Louvain-la-Neuve) and Abbaye de Villers (in Villers-la-ville). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Atomium, see the interesting displays at Autoworld, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 nights

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 and learn at Louvre Museum and Musee Nissim de Camondo. Explore hidden gems such as Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Chateau of Vincennes. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, and stop by Ile Saint-Louis.

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Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
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.

France travel guide

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.