Hi- just trying to get an itinerary together for a possible trip to Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and Paris...any thoughts ...time is 3 weeks..thanks, Cheri
Sounds fun, Cheri. When it's your first time in a place, always go with Rick's suggestions in the 'recommended priorities' and 'suggested itineraries' sections in the front of the books.
For me, the only other considerations I would make would be weather I'd enjoy the Abbey Ales, the Dutch Genever, or French wine with our local conversation.
We'll need more info from you, if we are to give you helpful suggestions.
It looks like that info is even online now. Here's the list of Belgium's 'recommended priorities':
2 days: Bruges
4 days, add: Brussels and Ghent
6 days, add: Antwerp
7 days, add: Flanders Field (near Bruges) plus time to just slow down
You can get started with prioritized sites listed by country and city at http://www.ricksteves.com/europe, but then you'll want a guidebook like Rick's to fill in the daily details. Amsterdam and Paris both have tons to see, especially if you like museums; I would like to have 2 or 3 full days in Amsterdam and probably 5 in Paris.