42 days in Belgium, Nouvelle-Aquitaine & West Yorkshire Itinerary

42 days in Belgium, Nouvelle-Aquitaine & West Yorkshire Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hoogstraten, Belgium
— 1 day
2
Leuven, Belgium
— 2 nights
3
Halle, Belgium
— 1 night
4
Mechelen, Belgium
— 2 nights
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 6 nights
6
Biarritz, France
— 5 nights
7
Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
8
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 4 nights
9
La Rochelle, France
— 4 nights
10
Wakefield, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
11
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
— 1 night
12
Bradford, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
13
Leeds, United Kingdom
— 4 nights

1
day
Hoogstraten, Belgium

Hoogstraten ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Dodendraad, look for gifts at De Biergrens, see the interesting displays at Kaarsenmuseum, get engrossed in the history at Gevangenismuseum, thencontemplate the long history of Begijnhof Hoogstraten, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage.

Make your Hoogstraten itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Leipzig, Germany to Hoogstraten is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leuven.

Things to do in Hoogstraten

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Baarle-Hertog, Gevangenismuseum
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Beguinage ©
Beguinage
Sint Katharinakerk ©
Sint Katharinakerk
Kaarsenmuseum ©
Kaarsenmuseum

2
nights
Leuven, Belgium

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Tervuren, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Groot Begijnhof, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Wespelaar, and finally step into the grandiose world of Arenberg Castle. On the next day, stop by Chocolaterie Guy Raets-Putseys, see the interesting displays at Stedelijk Museum Aarschot, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint Leonarduskerk Zoutleeuw.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Leuven online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hoogstraten to Leuven in 1.5 hours. In September in Leuven, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Halle.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sint Leonarduskerk Zoutleeuw, Stedelijk Museum Aarschot, Arboretum Tervuren, Arboretum Wespelaar, Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel
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Groot Begijnhof ©
Groot Begijnhof
 Directions Basilliek van Scherpenheuvel ©
Arenberg Castle ©
Arenberg Castle

1
night
Halle, Belgium

Halle ©
Halle is a city and municipality of Belgium, in the district (arrondissement) Halle-Vilvoorde of the province Flemish Brabant. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Gaasbeek Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Brasserie Timmermans, thenexplore the world behind art at FeliXart Museum, and finally take a peaceful walk through Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’'.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Halle travel planner.

Getting from Leuven to Halle by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Halle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

FeliXart Museum, Brasserie Timmermans, Gaasbeek Castle
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Brasserie Timmermans ©
Brasserie Timmermans
Gaasbeek Castle ©
Gaasbeek Castle
FeliXart Museum ©
FeliXart Museum

2
nights
Mechelen, Belgium

Mechelen ©
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 5th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin, explore the galleries of Zimmer Tower, thensteep yourself in history at Sint-Anna en Sint-Joachim Godshuis, and finally experience rural life at Paardenmelkerij Het Brabanderhof (Horse Dairy Farm Het Barbanderhof). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Horlogeriemuseum, take an in-depth tour of Fort Breendonk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Van Duffel, thensteep yourself in history at Haverwerf, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vismarkt.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mechelen trip planner.

Drive from Halle to Mechelen in an hour. In September in Mechelen, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Mechelen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lier, Fort Breendonk, Fort Van Duffel
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Fort Breendonk ©
Fort Breendonk
Vismarkt ©
Vismarkt
Horlogeriemuseum ©
Horlogeriemuseum

6
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Cathedral of Our Lady. Appreciate the collections at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Museum Plantin-Moretus. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church, and walk around Middelheim Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Antwerp holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Mechelen to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Antwerp sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

5
nights
Biarritz, France

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Phare de Biarritz and Eglise Saint-Cyprien. Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa Arnaga and Espace Chemins Bideak. Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: Site d'Arjuzanx (in Arjuzanx), Plage d'Hendaye (in Hendaye) and Notre Dame de l'Assomption (in La Bastide Clairence). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, explore the activities along Lac Mouriscot, get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque), and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle aux Icones..

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Antwerp to Biarritz in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Antwerp in September: high temperatures in Biarritz hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambo les Bains, Hendaye, Site d'Arjuzanx, Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Belloc., Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption
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Lac Mouriscot ©
Lac Mouriscot
Villa Arnaga ©
Villa Arnaga
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

5
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Place de la Bourse and Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu. Appreciate the collections at La Cite du Vin and Ecomuseum Marquèze. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, examine the collection at Maison John et Eugenie Bost, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Biarritz to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bordeaux are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau Paloumey, La Grande Dune du Pilat, Ecomuseum Marquèze, Maison John et Eugenie Bost, Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich

4
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lascaux Caves 4 and Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Castelnaud and Cathedrale St-Front are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle (in Trelissac) and Musee du Chai de Lardimalie (in Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, appreciate the history behind Statue d'Etienne de la Boetie, take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, and explore the world behind art at Lascaux II.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Perigueux, Montignac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac, Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

4
nights
La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Get a sense of the local culture at Association Hermione-La Fayette and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Hebre and Fort Vauban. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Cognac (Martell Cognac's Visitors Center & Chateau Royal de Cognac), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Rochelle: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wakefield.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Rochefort, Cognac, Fort Vauban, Futuroscope, Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines

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Wakefield, United Kingdom

Wakefield ©
Wakefield is a city in West Yorkshire, England, on the River Calder and the eastern edge of the Pennines, which had a population of 77,512 at the 2011 census.Wakefield was dubbed the "Merrie City" in the Middle Ages and in 1538 John Leland described it as, "a very quick market town and meately large; well served of fish and flesh both from sea and by rivers... Let the collections at National Coal Mining Museum and Yorkshire Sculpture Park capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wakefield: Brockadale Nature Reserve (in Wentbridge) and The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre (in Knottingley). And it doesn't end there: hike along Walton Colliery Nature Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Giles Church of England, look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve, and hit the slopes at Snozone.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Wakefield tour planner.

You can fly from La Rochelle to Wakefield in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from La Rochelle to Wakefield. In September, Wakefield is a bit cooler than La Rochelle - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Huddersfield.

Things to do in Wakefield

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Castleford, Brockadale Nature Reserve, The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre, St. Giles Church of England
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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National Coal Mining Museum ©
National Coal Mining Museum
Yorkshire Sculpture Park ©
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Brockadale Nature Reserve ©
Brockadale Nature Reserve

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Huddersfield ©
Huddersfield is a large market town in West Yorkshire, England. On the 4th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Marsden Moor Estate, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halifax Minster, thensteep yourself in history at Shibden Hall, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Huddersfield trip planning website.

You can drive from Wakefield to Huddersfield in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Huddersfield are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Bradford.

Things to do in Huddersfield

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Halifax, Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
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Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve ©
Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
Shibden Hall ©
Shibden Hall
Halifax Minster ©
Halifax Minster

3
nights
Bradford, United Kingdom

Bradford ©
The City of Bradford is a local government district of West Yorkshire, England, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough. Visit Saltaire Village and Bronte Parsonage Museum for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Salts Mill and The Peace Museum. Explore Bradford's surroundings by going to Gorpley Clough Local Nature Reserve (in Todmorden) and Hardcastle Crags (in Hebden Bridge). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at SMJ Falconry, admire the landmark architecture of Oxenhope station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bradford day trip website.

Bradford is just a stone's throw from Huddersfield. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Leeds.

Things to do in Bradford

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Oxenhope, Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve, Gorpley Clough Local Nature Reserve, Hardcastle Crags, Bronte Parsonage Museum
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SMJ Falconry ©
SMJ Falconry
Salts Mill ©
Salts Mill
Saltaire Village ©
Saltaire Village

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nights
Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds ©
One of the most cosmopolitan, innovative, and prosperous cities in the country, Leeds went from a run-down mill town to a hip 21st-century urban center in just a few decades.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Railway Museum and Durham Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at York Castle Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Leeds side-trips: York Bird of Prey Centre (in Huby), Beacon Alpacas (in Husthwaite) and York (York City Walls & York Minster). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Walworth Birds of Prey, contemplate the long history of The Navvies Memorial, see the interesting displays at Royal Armouries Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Tropical World.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Leeds vacation builder site.

Leeds is very close to Bradford. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leeds

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

York, Durham Cathedral, York Bird of Prey Centre, Beacon Alpacas, Walworth Birds of Prey
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
York Castle Museum ©
York Castle Museum
Durham Cathedral ©
Durham Cathedral

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