17 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

17 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Zaandam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
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Bruges, Belgium

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, get engrossed in the history at Folklore Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church), stop by The Old Chocolate House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brugge Sint Jacobskerk, and finally appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument. On your second day here, hike along Bruges Art Route, take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and then steep yourself in history at Brugse Vrije.

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Brussels to Bruges is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Wereldmuseum, take a stroll through Kop van Zuid, then admire the landmark architecture of Witte Huis, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: stop by Blaak Markt, pause for some serene contemplation at Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, steep yourself in history at Huis Sonneveld, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthal Rotterdam, and finally admire the landmark architecture of De Rotterdam.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Rotterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Oude Church and St. Nicholas Basilica. Museum-lovers will get to explore Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam and Amsterdam Cheese Museum. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Van Stapele Koekmakerij, see the interesting displays at EYE Film Institute Netherlands, contemplate the waterfront views at Singel, and walk around Amsterdamse Bos.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zaandam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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Zaandam, The Netherlands

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Windmillamsterdam, get engrossed in the history at De Bonte Hen, then explore the world behind art at Streets of the World Photo Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Hembrugterrein. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, take an in-depth tour of Museum van het Nederlandse Uurwerk, then take in nature's colorful creations at De Monettuin, then make a trip to Gedempte Gracht, and finally walk around Jagersplas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zaandam holiday planner.

Zaandam is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In September in Zaandam, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Zaandam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, then contemplate the long history of Luxembourg Square, then take a stroll through Place St. Gery, and finally stop by Planete Chocolat.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Zaandam to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Brussels

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, stop by Lekkers & Zo, examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then examine the collection at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus, and finally examine the collection at HistoMobil.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Giethoorn journey planner.

Drive from Brussels to Giethoorn in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will leave for Giethoorn on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums · Shopping
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Giethoorn journey planner.

You'll set off for home on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Giethoorn

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

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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.