20 days in Belgium, Holland & France Itinerary

20 days in Belgium, Holland & France Itinerary

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20 days in Belgium, Holland & France Itinerary

Start: Manama, Bahrain
Fly + train:  9​h 45​min
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hyeres, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Antibes, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Manama, Bahrain

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Go for a jaunt from Bruges to Ghent to see Saint Bavo's Cathedral about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, make a trip to The Markt, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges online visit planner .

Manama, Bahrain to Bruges is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Bruges is minus 2 hours. In August, Bruges is much colder than Manama - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Saint Bavo's Cathedral
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip app .

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Escape Prod - Escape Rooms Brussels ©
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route planner .

Getting from Brussels to Amsterdam by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, then see the interesting displays at Foundation Vasarely, and finally contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Amsterdam to Aix-en-Provence takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: high temperatures in Aix-en-Provence hover around 35°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Fondation Vasarely ©
Fondation Vasarely

2
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. On the 12th (Mon), tour the water at your own pace with Route du Sud and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Melee Voiles, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, and then stroll through La plage.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Antibes.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Plage de Gigaro
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Route du Sud ©
Route du Sud
La plage ©
La plage

3
nights
Antibes, France

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Step out of Antibes to go to Agay and see Massif de l'Esterel, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Thu) in some colorful company at Marineland. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands and visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Antibes sightseeing site .

Drive from Hyeres to Antibes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hyeres in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Antibes, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lérins Islands, Massif de l'Esterel
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

1
night
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by Fantastic Attic, then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux travel route builder website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Antibes to Bayeux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Antibes in August; daily highs in Bayeux reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

American Cemetery & Memorial
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris road trip app .

Traveling by train from Bayeux to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Paris, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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