32 days in France & Belgium Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Nice, France — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Nice is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dhaka City to Nice is minus 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Marseille when traveling from Nice in December, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Grenoble (Musee de Grenoble, Room Escape Games, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

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You can fly from Marseille to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Lyon is little chillier than Marseille - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France — 6 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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train 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 (Vrijdagmarkt, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Markt, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

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You can take a train from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Comedie Centrale de Charleroi (in Charleroi) and Pairi Daiza (in Brugelette). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Brussels trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Brussels, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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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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