12 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

12 days in Paris, Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 day
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, then shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and then visit Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and then take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bangkok to Paris, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Brussels, Belgium

— 1 day

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.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then make a trip to Grand Place, and finally examine the collection at Atomium.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Brussels trip tool.

Getting from Paris to Brussels by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Bruges, Belgium

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by The Chocolate Line Bruges, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, sample the tasty concoctions at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bruges online travel route builder.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums
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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 2nd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady and then admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antwerp trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Jordaan and De 9 Straatjes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee), Keukenhof (in Lisse) and Kijk-Kubus (in Rotterdam). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, stop by Cachou Artelier, and catch a movie at De Balie.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip builder app.

You can drive from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.