36 days in Paris & Belgium Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 14 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Poperinge, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Mons, Belgium
— 1 night
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Liege, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Paris, France — 14 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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Versailles (The Royal Chapel, The Water Parterres, &more) and Ferme de Viltain (in Jouy en Josas). Have a day of magic on the 18th (Sun) at Disneyland Paris. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Brisbane in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Antwerp (Cogels Osylei, Kapel Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Toevlucht, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Grand Place, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip maker app.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent Town Hall (Stadhuis), &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges, learn about all things military at For Freedom Museum, and admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Poperinge.
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Poperinge, Belgium — 2 nights

Poperinge is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, Flemish Region, and has a history going back to medieval times. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Martin's Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tyne Cot Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Saint Julien Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Belgian military cemetery Vleteren, stroll the grounds of Hooge Crater Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Poperinge road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bruges to Poperinge in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Poperinge can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mons.
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Mons, Belgium — 1 night

Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
On the 8th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Pairi Daiza, stroll the grounds of St Symphorien Military Cemetery, then appreciate the history behind Monument a Baudouin de Constantinople, and finally admire the masterpieces at Francois Duesberg Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mons holiday maker.

Getting from Poperinge to Mons by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Liege.
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Liege, Belgium — 4 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Liege side-trips: Sint Leonarduskerk Zoutleeuw (in Zoutleeuw), Bastogne (Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours & Bastogne Barracks) and Sevensmolen (in Kaulille). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Jacques, relax and rejuvenate at L'Arbre Bodhi, and hike along Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Liege trip maker site.

Drive from Mons to Liege in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Liege are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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