9-Day Road Trip in France and Belgium from Paris to Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent

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Set off on a grand 9-day Euro trip through France and Belgium. Visit multiple cities like Paris, Versailles, Chambord, Brussels, Cambron-Casteau, and Laeken, each offering a unique experience unlike any other.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 5 nights in France and 3 nights in Belgium.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of France, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Paris and begin your adventure from there. Explore Paris, Versailles, and Chambord, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of Belgium. Immerse yourself in the allure of Brussels, Cambron-Casteau, Laeken, Antwerp, Bruges, Borgerhout, and Ghent, where every street tells a story.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Brussels’s Grand-Place. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across France and Belgium will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 9-day self-drive adventure in France and Belgium. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in France and Belgium.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Hotel, 8 nights
Rental car, 9 days
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Destinations

Laeken - Laken
Borgerhout
Brugge - region in BelgiumBruges
Paris, France. Panoramic view from Arc de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower and Avenue des Champs Elysees. Europe.Paris / 5 nights
Versailles - city in FranceVersailles
Chambord
Antwerp - region in BelgiumAntwerp / 1 night
Brussels, Grand Place in beautiful summer sunrise, BelgiumBrussels / 1 night
East Flanders - region in BelgiumGhent / 1 night
Cambron-Casteau

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Photo of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France best Destinations in Europe.Eiffel Tower
Photo of beautiful summer view of Louvre Museum, one of the world's most important museums, historic monument and parisian landmark, Paris, France.Louvre Museum
Photo of Arc de Triomphe  Early in the morning with the French flag, France.Arc de Triomphe
Photo of Champ de Mars view from top of Eiffel tower looking down see the entire city as a beautiful classic architecture, France.Champ de Mars
Photo of beautiful Grand Place surrounded by guild halls in Brussels, Belgium.Grand-Place
Photo of the Sacred Heart (Sacre Cœur Basilica),on Montmartre hill, Paris, France.Sacré-Cœur
Photo of Versailles palace outside Paris at sunset, France.Palace of Versailles
Photo of Luxembourg gardens and palace with puffy clouds in Paris, France.Jardin du Luxembourg
Photo of Corner of the Tuileries Garden with flower bed and alley with sculptures in Paris in springtime, France.Tuileries Garden
AtomiumAtomium
Photo of the Musee d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine.Musée d'Orsay
Photo of view of a traditional African landscape with straw huts in the steppe at the zoo Pairi Daiza, Belgium.Pairi Daiza
photo of La Villette Park with the Canal of the Basin of the Villette with boat at beautiful morning in Paris, France.La Villette
photo of Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysees at morning in Paris, France.Place de la Concorde
Photo of The Panthéon is a monument in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.Panthéon
Photo of famous medieval castle Château de Chambord, France.Château de Chambord
photo of the beautiful Jardin des Plantes at morning in Paris is the main botanical garden in France.Jardin des plantes
Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert, Îlot Sacré, Quartier du Centre - Centrumwijk, Brussels, City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital, BelgiumRoyal Gallery of Saint Hubert
Photo of Parc du Cinquantenaire with the triumphal arch. Brussels, Belgium.Cinquantenaire
Photo of the historic city of Ghent with famous medieval Gravensteen Castle on a beautiful sunny day with blue sky and clouds in summer, Belgium.Gravensteen
Photo of entrance door to Antwerp Koningin Astridplein. Pelican and statue eagle in bronze above the towers, Belgium.Zoo Antwerpen
St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels, Quartier de la Cathédrale, Brussels, City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital, BelgiumSt Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels
Photo of building of the European parliament is one of the most spectacular buildings in brussels and adjacent park is popular place to relax, Belgium.Brussels Park
Photo of canal in Bruges and famous Belfry tower on the background in a beautiful summer day, Belgium.Belfry of Bruges
Museum aan de StroomMAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Gardens of Versailles, Versailles, Île-de-France, FranceGardens of Versailles
Photo of the Mont des Arts or Kunstberg is an urban complex and historic site in the centre of Brussels, Belgium. Architecture and landmarks of Brussels.Mont des Arts - Kunstberg
Photo of the Bois de la Cambre park in Brussels with its lake on a bright summers day, Belgium.Bois de la Cambre
Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent, Gent, East Flanders, Flanders, BelgiumSaint Bavo's Cathedral
Cathedral of Our Lady AntwerpOnze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal
Het Belfort van Gent, Ghent, Gent, East Flanders, Flanders, BelgiumHet Belfort van Gent
Saint Nicholas' ChurchSaint Nicholas' Church

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Day 1

Day 1 – Paris - arrival day

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  • Jardin du Luxembourg
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in France and Belgium begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Paris in France. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Paris for 4 nights.

Catch an early flight to France to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Paris before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Paris is the fantastic Jardin du Luxembourg. As an appreciated urban park and local gem in the area, Jardin du Luxembourg has earned an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 94,043 reviews.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Paris. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in France. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As the sun sets on day 1 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Paris's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of France to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Paris has them.

Dine in style at L'Imprévu Café, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Le Petit Châtelet boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Restaurant Guy Savoy. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Paris.

Continue your lively evening at Café de Paris V, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Dirty Dick is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Little Red Door ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

Your multi-country road trip in France and Belgium has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Paris

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Drive 19 km, 1 hour 29 min

  • Sacré-Cœur
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Champ de Mars
  • Panthéon
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Wake up and see what day 2 of your great European road trip in France and Belgium has in store for you! You will be staying in Paris for 3 nights before continuing your journey to the next destination.

In Paris, the extraordinary Sacré-Cœur awaits. This attraction is a valued church building that boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 118,527 travelers' reviews. Hosting around 11,000,000 visitors every year, the amazing Sacré-Cœur is undoubtedly one of the top sights of the area.

Another of the best travel destinations in Paris, which gets around 2,743,823 annual visits, is the spectacular Arc de Triomphe. This attraction is a triumphal arch that is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 193,235 visitors, making it a captivating highlight for all travelers.

You could then travel to the amazing Eiffel Tower. This local lattice tower and wonder has an overall review score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 322,389 visitors, proving its popularity among travelers. With up to 6,207,303 people visiting this popular attraction every year, this iconic city feature is one place you don't want to miss.

Champ de Mars is another attraction you might want to add to your Paris exploration itinerary. This urban park is a popular stop among travelers in the area, as seen in its average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 172,488 reviews.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, consider dropping by a well-loved spot among locals — Panthéon. More than a popular mausoleum and attraction, Panthéon offers visitors an immersive journey of the rich cultural tapestry of Paris. Panthéon boasts an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 43,649 traveler reviews.

As the sun sets on day 2 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Paris's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of France to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Paris has them.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Saint James Paris, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Solera Paris : Bar à Cocktail? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at To Restaurant Paris as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Paris.

Continue your lively evening at Prescription Cocktail Club, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Sherry Butt is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, The Highlander ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Paris

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Drive 32 km, 1 hour 42 min

  • Louvre Museum
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Tuileries Garden
  • Place de la Concorde
  • La Villette
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On day 3, you will wake up in Paris with an entire day of wonders ahead of you! You still have 2 nights left in Paris before it’s time to get back on the road and continue your European tour across France and Belgium.

A tour of Paris is not complete without a visit to the famous Louvre Museum. This incredible art museum and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 260,788 travelers, and is visited by 2,825,000 people every year.

Make the most of your Paris travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful Musée d'Orsay. This art museum and unique destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 71,115 travelers and gets around 3,651,616 annual visits.

You can then move on to the incredible Tuileries Garden for an experience worth remembering. This local garden and standout destination has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 92,172 visitors.

If you want to discover more, consider stopping by the famous La Villette. This amazing site is a wonderful commune of france with more than 56,497 wanderlust-filled travelers rating it an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Paris. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in France in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Dine in style at Alliance, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, The Bombardier boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Le Bistrot Du Perigord. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Paris.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Tiger, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Bisou. , a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Le Requin Chagrin provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Paris, Versailles, and Chambord

  • Paris
  • Versailles
  • Chambord
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Drive 400 km, 5 hours 2 min

  • Palace of Versailles
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • Château de Chambord
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Greet day 4 of your multi-country road trip across France and Belgium with a smile and start your day with a hearty breakfast. You will return to Paris for your remaining 1 night in the city later today, but first, it’s time for some exploring! On the agenda for this day, you’ll find only the best things to see and do in Versailles in France.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Versailles. This car ride takes around 46 min.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Versailles is the fantastic Palace of Versailles, attracting around 4,741,758 visitors every year. As an appreciated château and local gem in the area, Palace of Versailles has earned an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 119,665 reviews.

Next up on your agenda, you will find the extraordinary Gardens of Versailles. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 13,133 visitors, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself!

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Versailles and set your GPS to Chambord. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 1 hour 56 min. Upon reaching Chambord, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

A tour of Chambord is not complete without a visit to the famous Château de Chambord. This incredible château and attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 43,219 travelers.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in France and Belgium, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Paris. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. Make sure to reserve a table at Jules Verne, an iconic dining spot in Paris. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Kitchen Galerie Bis, a popular restaurant in Paris. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Au Pied de Cochon, a hidden gem nestled in Paris. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Harry's New York Bar stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail. Alternatively, Experimental Cocktail Club offers an ideal atmosphere to enjoy the pleasures of the night.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Paris, Brussels, and Cambron-Casteau

  • Brussels
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Drive 326 km, 4 hours 26 min

  • Pairi Daiza
  • Bois de la Cambre
  • Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert
  • Grand-Place
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On day 5 of your multi-country road trip across France and Belgium, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places to see in Brussels in Belgium. In the evening, you’ll end up in Brussels, where you will stay for 1 night.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Brussels is the fantastic Bois de la Cambre - Ter Kamerenbos. As an appreciated urban park and local gem in the area, Bois de la Cambre - Ter Kamerenbos has earned an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 12,843 reviews.

Next up on your agenda, you will find the extraordinary Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert. This attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 38,465 visitors, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself!

Join countless others in discovering the allure of Grand-Place, a standout square and attraction that's captivated the hearts of many. It has a stellar rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 151,037 reviewers.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Paris and set your GPS to Cambron-Casteau, Belgium. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 2 hours 57 min. Upon reaching Cambron-Casteau, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Something that makes Cambron-Casteau the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding zoo, Pairi Daiza. This local gem has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 69,456 visitors and gets around 2,000,000 visits every year.

After soaking in Cambron-Casteau’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Brussels. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 4 min. When you arrive in Brussels, it's time to take a break from the road.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

After a long day of driving and exploring, you’ll check in at a top-recommended hotel in Brussels of your choice.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Brussels. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the city’s most popular bars.

Savor the flavors at BrewDog Brussels, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, À La Mort Subite beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider The Lobster House. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Brussels tonight.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Churchill's, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Delirium Café, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Bar Des Amis provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Brussels, Laeken, and Antwerp

  • Antwerp
  • Brussels
  • Laeken - Laken
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Drive 56 km, 1 hour 37 min

  • Mont des Arts - Kunstberg
  • St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels
  • Brussels Park
  • Cinquantenaire
  • Atomium
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On day 6 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in France and Belgium, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Brussels in Belgium. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Antwerp, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Antwerp, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Brussels to Antwerp may take around 42 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Antwerp, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated square and attraction in Brussels — Mont des Arts - Kunstberg. About 14,649 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The popular St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels is another top sight in Brussels that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved church in the area, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 18,958 visitors.

Brussels Park is a spectacular urban park and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Brussels, earning an impressive average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 19,267 enchanted visitors.

As the day moves along, be sure to make time to drop by the magnificent Cinquantenaire. Because of its allure and charm, around 35,271 visitors have rated this attraction and urban park an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Laeken, including the outstanding Atomium. Having an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 90,942 reviews, this fascinating history museum and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the city.

Relax your senses after a day of exhilarating activities and fun exploration. Retreat to one of the best accommodations in Antwerp.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in France and Belgium, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Antwerp. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at De Zeven Schaken, a top-rated dining spot in Antwerp. If you're in the mood for something new, try Ciro's, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Molly's Irish Bar. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Antwerp.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Hopper, known for its inviting atmosphere. Dogma is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, BAR BASIL provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Antwerp, Bruges, Borgerhout, and Ghent

  • Ghent
  • Antwerp
  • Bruges
  • Borgerhout
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Drive 166 km, 2 hours 40 min

  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal
  • MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
  • Zoo Antwerpen
  • Belfry of Bruges
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Dive into day 7 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across France and Belgium. Today's main destinations are Antwerp in Belgium, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Ghent. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Antwerp, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Bruges. Your travel time is around 1 hour 17 min.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Antwerp, including the outstanding Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal. Having an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 10,153 reviews, this fascinating catholic cathedral and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the city.

Antwerp is also home to the captivating Museum aan de Stroom, a local museum considered one of the highlights of the city. About 17,015 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.5 out of 5 stars, proving its popularity.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Bruges, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Antwerp to Bruges may take around 1 hour 17 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Bruges, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Belfry of Bruges. This outstanding belfry and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 from 18,128 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Belfry of Bruges is worth pages in your travel diary.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Borgerhout.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Borgerhout today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Antwerp Zoo. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 22,907 visitors.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Ghent’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

By dinnertime, you’ll be ready to savor the tastiest bites and enjoy the lively vibes in central Ghent. From mouthwatering restaurants to happening bars, we've got the inside scoop on where to eat and drink at this stop on your multi-country road trip across France and Belgium.

Don’t miss out on dining at Patrick Foley's, a top-rated dining destination in Ghent. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Trappistenhuis, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at 't Dreupelkot. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Ghent this evening.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at The Alchemist, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, Hot Club Gent offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Ghent. Trollekelder is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

Celebrate day 7 of your multi-country road trip in Europe with a toast, and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Ghent and Paris

  • Paris
  • Ghent
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Drive 305 km, 3 hours 43 min

  • Het Belfort van Gent
  • Saint Bavo's Cathedral
  • Saint Nicholas' Church
  • Gravensteen
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 8 of your multi-country journey across France and Belgium. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Ghent in Belgium. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Paris where you'll spend 1 night of well-deserved relaxation.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Ghent, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Set course for France! Under favorable conditions, your drive to Paris may take around 3 hours 28 min. Upon your arrival in Paris, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Belfry of Ghent. This outstanding sightseeing destination and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 7,404 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Belfry of Ghent is worth pages in your travel diary.

The fascinating Saint Bavo's Cathedral is another of the city's top attractions that will stir your curiosity. This church and tourist destination boasts an average review score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,232 travelers.

This day is also your chance to see the amazing church building, Saint Nicholas' Church. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,307 travelers, a trip to this wonderful site promises a memorable experience.

The top-rated Gravensteen, an outstanding sightseeing destination, is one place you should visit while in Ghent considering its average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 28,715 travelers.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Paris. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Paris. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in France in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Les Fous de l'Île, a highly-rated dining destination in Paris. If you're eager to try something different, consider Le Mesturet, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Chez Papa Montparnasse - Denfert 14ème. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Paris this evening.

Take in the ambiance of Paris as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Paris - departure day

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  • Jardin des plantes
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On day 9 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Paris before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across France and Belgium. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

As you approach the end of your journey in France, take a moment for some retail therapy in Paris’s celebrated shopping district. Thanks to your stay’s premier location, you can easily visit the city’s commercial hubs and wander through its diverse range of local shops without rushing.

Whether you’re on a hunt for an ideal present to give to your friends or family or looking for a personal memento to remind you of France, a variety of items are waiting for you. Hold onto the magic of France with these wonderful souvenirs, ensuring your memories never fade.

Get a last taste of France’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Paris and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across France and Belgium.

If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Angelina, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

The time has come to say farewell to Paris for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 9-day European road trip in France and Belgium with fond memories. Safe travels!

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