16 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

16 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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16 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Bus + Fly:  16 h
1
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h
End: Newark, United States

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum aan de Stroom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady, then shop like a local with Meir, then stop by Peter Poussenier, and finally take a stroll through Zuid (the South). On the next day, look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck - Antwerp City Brewery, and then wander the streets of Zurenborg.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antwerp travel itinerary creator.

New York City, USA to Antwerp is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Antwerp, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Antwerp: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

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Zurenborg ©
Zurenborg
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

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nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
On the 6th (Sun), look for gifts at 't Apostelientje. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bruges are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take a stroll through Patershol, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), and finally look for gifts at Yuzu. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at DOK City Beach, contemplate the long history of Saint Nicholas Church, then look for gifts at Dille and Kamille, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen Castle.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip itinerary planner.

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

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Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
St. Nicholas' Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas' Cathedral

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Atomium, wander the streets of Place St. Gery, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally stop by La Maison des Maitres Chocolatiers Belges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum, then stop by Maison Dandoy, then sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie Cantillon, and finally see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip generator.

You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Neighborhoods
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
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 13th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Efteling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): stop by De Blauwe Tulp, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Church, then wander the streets of Agnetapark, then revel in the low prices at Delft Pottery De Delftse Pauw, and finally admire the masterpieces at Mauritshuis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rotterdam travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Brussels to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Delft, Efteling, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Efteling ©
Efteling
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

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nights
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Efteling. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Dom Tower, then stop by It`s a present!, then see the interesting displays at Kröller-Müller Museum, and finally examine the collection at Glider Collection Wolfheze.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Utrecht travel planner.

Getting from Rotterdam to Utrecht by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kroller-Muller Museum, Glider Collection Wolfheze, Efteling
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Efteling ©
Efteling
Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum
Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at The Jordaan and Red Light District. Do your shopping at Albert Cuyp Market and De Negen Straatjes. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, hunt for treasures at Flower Market / Bloemenmarkt, contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, and take an in-depth tour of Amsterdam Maritime History Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam custom trip planner.

Amsterdam is just a stone's throw from Utrecht. In August, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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