20 days in Germany, Benelux & France Itinerary

20 days in Germany, Benelux & France Itinerary

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20 days in Germany, Benelux & France Itinerary

Start: Aix-en-Provence, France
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  2​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Amboise, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Aix-en-Provence, France


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2
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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Theresienwiese and Asam Church. You'll explore and learn at Nymphenburg Palace and Munich Residenz. Venture out of the city with trips to Wies Church (in Steingaden) and Ettal Abbey (in Ettal). And it doesn't end there: ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), get curious at Deutsches Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Heiliggeistkirche.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

Aix-en-Provence, France to Munich is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Aix-en-Provence in October, with highs in Munich at 57°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Ettal Abbey
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Asamkirche ©
Asamkirche

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Brandenburg Gate and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears, and then take in the history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Berlin journey planning website .

You can fly from Munich to Berlin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Palace of Tears ©
Palace of Tears

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 13th (Sun), examine the collection at Mondial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Berlin to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mondial Museum, Zaanse Schans
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to René Magritte Museum and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon. Grand Place and Church of Our Lady Bruges will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to ZOO Planckendael (in Mechelen) and Historic Centre of Brugge (in Bruges). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Atomium, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bruges, ZOO Planckendael
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Atelier des Lumieres, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

Planning Paris trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Brussels to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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.
Popular historic sites such as Normandy American Cemetery and German War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe (in La Cambe). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, make a trip to Eglise Saint-Pierre, take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

Before you visit Bayeux, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, German War Cemetery, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Musee D-Day Omaha
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

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nights
Amboise, France

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Visit Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Eglise Saint-Florentin for their historical value. Let the collections at Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau Royal d'Amboise capture your imagination. Step out of Amboise to go to Chambord and see Chateau de Chambord, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Oppidium des Chateliers, contemplate the long history of La Pagode de Chanteloup et son parc, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amboise itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amboise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

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