Hi! My husband and I are planning an April/May springtime trip. We will have a total of 11 days for travel enjoyment (plus two for leaving and getting back to the states). We are looking at flying open jaw into Paris and out of Amsterdam, or the reverse of that. I have just started planning and we are considering five nights in France (two days to see Normandy and D-Day sights, three days in Paris), three days in Bruges, and three days in Amsterdam. Does this seem like a decent itinerary? We want to see a good amount of sights but still relax a little along the way. I know some will say it's short for time for Paris, but we will probably come back at some point to do an entire tour of France, including Paris again. I have been once to Paris in my college years; my husband has never seen it. Neither of us has been to Belgium or the Netherlands and we feel like Bruges and Amsterdam have a lot to offer. Should we day-trip to Delft one of the days in Amsterdam? We also want to go to one of the tulip farms outside of the city. Except for Paris, all the rest of the areas (Bayeux & D-Day, Bruges and the places in the Netherlands) are all new to us and I'm hoping we are allowing a reasonable amount of time for each area, considering the time-frame we have to work with. Other questions--which city we should fly into first...Amsterdam or Paris? That leads to my next question...would it be better to see the flowers in the Netherlands in the middle-to-late April instead of early May? Any must-see, must-do things that you loved for these places? And for lodging in Paris...I have found a surprisingly, reasonably-priced hotel close to the Eiffel tower that is well-reviewed, would you recommend booking in that area?
Thanks in advance!