15 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Marne-la-Vallee, France
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

On the 19th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Leiden Square (Leidseplein), see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and then visit The Jordaan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Amsterdam is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Jeddah in December, expect Amsterdam to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. You will leave for Brussels on the 21st (Thu).
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and Historic Centre of Brugge. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (The Markt, Belfry of Bruges, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

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Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Marne-la-Vallee.
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Marne-la-Vallee, France — 3 nights

Head to Val d'Europe and Disney Villagefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Get out of town with these interesting Marne-la-Vallee side-trips: Basilique de Saint-Mathurin (in Larchant), Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau) and Reims (Hotel Le Vergeur Museum, Palais du Tau, &more). There's still lots to do: work off some steam at Miklub, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Etienne, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Champs-sur-Marne, and browse the different shops at La Vallee Village.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marne-la-Vallee trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Marne-la-Vallee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Marne-la-Vallee are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paris.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Baths
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Paris, France — 4 nights

City of Light

Visiting Île de la Cité and Seine River will get you outdoors. Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and contemplate the long history of Conciergerie.

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Paris is just a stone's throw from Marne-la-Vallee. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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.

Belgium travel guide

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.

France travel guide

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.