19 days in The Netherlands, Iceland & France Itinerary

19 days in The Netherlands, Iceland & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Reims, France
— 1 night
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Lille, France
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zaanse Schans and The Amstel. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, make a trip to De Nieuwe Kerk, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, and explore the activities along Herengracht.

To see ratings and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Bengaluru to Amsterdam, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Reykjavik.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Reykjavik, Iceland — 5 nights

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and National Museum of Iceland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dogsledding Iceland and The Icelandic Punk Museum. Step out of Reykjavik with an excursion to Thermal Spas in Grindavik--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Hallgrimskirkja, appreciate the extensive heritage of Reykjavik Open Air Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Eimverk Distillery, and discover the deep blue sea with Dive Iceland - Diving and Snorkeling in Iceland - Day Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Reykjavik in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Reykjavik due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in December, expect Reykjavik to be slightly colder, temps between 2°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Bordeaux.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, then wander the streets of Port de la Lune, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Reykjavik to Bordeaux takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Reykjavik in December, expect Bordeaux to be a bit warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Toulouse.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Toulouse, France — 2 nights

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): make a trip to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, stroll around Chateau Foucaud et parc, and then do a tasting at Cave de Labastide. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Musee Saint-Raymond, then see the interesting displays at Museum of natural History, then see the interesting displays at Musee Georges Labit, and finally admire the masterpieces at Fondation Bemberg.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can fly to Lyon.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries
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Lyon, France — 2 nights

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Grottes de La Balme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Toulouse in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lyon: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Turckheim, then grab your bike and head to Route des Vins d'Alsace, and finally go for a walk through Grand Rue De Colmar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, then take in the awesome beauty at La Station Du Lac-Blanc, and then see the interesting displays at Hôtel de ville - Musée Historique.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar travel route site.

You can fly from Lyon to Colmar in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Reims.
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Reims, France — 1 night

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques, trek along Champagne Route (Route Touristique du Champagne), then admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, and finally examine the collection at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reims journey builder app.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Reims takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lille.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Lille, France — 1 night

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Grande Place, then get engrossed in the history at Maison Natale Charles de Gaulle, then wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Parc du Heron.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lille trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Reims to Lille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.