32 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
— 7 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haarlem (Grote Markt & De Vishal), Delft (Old Church & Maria van Jessekerk) and The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Sea Life Scheveningen). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary builder site.

Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Amsterdam is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Dhaka City to Amsterdam. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 5 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.
Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Ghent (Het Huis van Alijn - The House of Alijn, Ghent City Center, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Markt, see the interesting displays at Friet Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bruges online trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 5 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.
Step out of Brussels with an excursion to Pairi Daiza in Brugelette--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, browse the exhibits of Atomium, and explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Brussels vacation planning site.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris online attractions planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in Paris sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marseille driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI (in Biot), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Marché provençal) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's lots more to do: stop by Old Town, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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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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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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