18 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

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


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Venice of the North

You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Zandvoort aan Zee and Scheveningen Beach. Head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and De Kaaskamerfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Maria van Jessekerk in Delft (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of Leiden Square (Leidseplein), see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam journey builder app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Jeddah to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in December, things will get colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 4 nights

Capital of Europe

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Royal Palace of Brussels. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Bruges (The Markt & Bruges Ballooning). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Marne-la-Vallee.
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Marne-la-Vallee, France — 3 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin. Get outdoors at Evasion Canine and Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau). Explore Marne-la-Vallee's surroundings by going to Reims (Hotel Le Vergeur Museum & Palais du Tau), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Basilique de Saint-Mathurin (in Larchant). The adventure continues: soak in style at Miklub, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne, browse the different shops at Val d'Europe, and stop by Disney Village.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marne-la-Vallee online itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Marne-la-Vallee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paris.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas
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Paris, France — 6 nights

City of Light

Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Le Marais. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Espace Bien Etre des Vaux de Cernay (in Auffargis). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, steep yourself in history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris journey planning website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight 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.