18 days in Amsterdam & France Itinerary

18 days in Amsterdam & France Itinerary

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18 days in Amsterdam & France Itinerary

New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
Azay-le-Rideau, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
train + bus + Fly:  4​h
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
New York City, United States

3
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Get some historical perspective at Rembrandt House Museum and Begijnhof. Step out of Amsterdam with an excursion to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll through Vondelpark, take an in-depth tour of Verzetsmuseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

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New York City, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Amsterdam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

4
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, admire the striking features of Dôme Sacre Coeur, and stroll through Île de la Cité.

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You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
days
Azay-le-Rideau, France

Azay-le-Rideau ©
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Château de Villandry and then explore the historical opulence of La Forteresse du Faucon Noir. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Usse, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

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Take a train from Paris to Azay-le-Rideau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Château de Villandry, Chateau d'Usse, Chateau de Langeais, La Forteresse du Faucon Noir
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Château de Villandry ©
Château de Villandry
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
Chateau de Langeais ©
Chateau de Langeais

2
days
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach and then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre and then pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel.

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Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Azay-le-Rideau, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bayeux, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery & Memorial
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

4
days
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La Croisette. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Lérins Islands). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Nice, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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You can do a combination of train and flight from Bayeux to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in June; daily highs in Nice reach 76°F and lows reach 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence ©

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