11 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

11 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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11 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Palermo, Italy
Fly:  5​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Palermo, Italy

3
nights
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.
You've added European Parliament (Hemicycle visits), Belgian Comic Strip Center, National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, and appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels itinerary planner.

Palermo, Italy to Brussels is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
day
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.
Historic Centre of Brugge has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of Stadhuis, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, don't miss a visit to The Markt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, then enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bruges trip planner.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges
Belfry of Bruges

2
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.
For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Antwerp online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Antwerp sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You've now added Bloemenmarkt to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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