16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & France Itinerary

16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & France Itinerary

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16 days in Amsterdam, Belgium & France Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Chenonceaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada


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3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Keukenhof and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Anne Frank House and World Heritage Kinderdijk will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Canals area (in Utrecht) and Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Canals area, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, Kroller-Muller Museum
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

5
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.
Historic Centre of Brugge and The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Belfry of Bruges and Gravensteen. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (in Poperinge), St. Nicholas' Cathedral (in Ghent) and Ieper (Ypres) (Hooge Crater museum & Essex Farm Cemetery). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and examine the collection at Diamond Museum.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Ghent, Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
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Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

3
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pointe du Hoc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: German War Cemetery (in Orglandes), Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Caen). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at La Chapelle des Marins, make a trip to Atelier Galerie Ludovic Grand-Guillot, and visit a coastal fixture at Le Phare de Gatteville.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip website .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Bayeux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Bayeux are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, La Chapelle des Marins
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

2
nights
Chenonceaux, France

Chenonceaux ©
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collégiale Saint-Aignan, then examine the collection at La Magnanerie, and finally do a tasting at Plou Et Fils. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de la Trinite, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Troussay, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Merieau.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chenonceaux vacation website .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Chenonceaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Chenonceaux can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre, Chateau de Troussay, Abbaye de la Trinite, La Magnanerie, Domaine Merieau
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre ©
Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre
Abbaye de la Trinite ©
Abbaye de la Trinite

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