12 days in Amsterdam, Brussels & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Amsterdam, Brussels & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Amsterdam, Brussels & Paris Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kids will enjoy Zandvoort aan Zee and Zandmotor. Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and Begijnhof. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to The Hague to see The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, kick back and relax at Blijburg (Happy Village), sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner .

London, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Amsterdam. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Place and Atomium. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles). Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Antwerp to see Sint-Annastrand about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), ponder the world of politics at Justice Palace (Palais de Justice), see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), and don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

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You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Brussels sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sint-Annastrand
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

4
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Eiffel Tower and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Place de la Bastille, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

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Take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Brussels in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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