13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris Itinerary

13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris Itinerary

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13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris Itinerary

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

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 & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary app .

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Amsterdam. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bruges: Menin Gate Memorial (in Ieper (Ypres)), Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, & more) and Antwerp (Cathedral of Our Lady & Antwerpen-Centraal). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bruges trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Luxembourg City.

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
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris itinerary planner .

Drive from Bruges to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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