13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris Itinerary

13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  11 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Chicago, United States

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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam holiday maker app.

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) ©
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady & Antwerpen-Centraal), Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more) and Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges route planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ghent, Antwerp, Menin Gate Memorial
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Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
The Markt ©
The Markt

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Paris vacation planning tool.

Take a train from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Paris sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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