12 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Fly
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly

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The Hague, The Netherlands

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Madurodam.

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Toronto, Canada to The Hague is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to The Hague due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in The Hague

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

1
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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.
On the 13th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, make a trip to Grand Place, then explore the activities along Etangs d'Ixelles, and finally take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by train from The Hague to Brussels takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Brussels

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

2
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Wipers

Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
On the 14th (Tue), learn about all things military at In Flanders Fields Museum, then appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Blankaart Nature Reserve, and finally stroll the grounds of Tyne Cot Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Langemark Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Paul Delvaux, and finally gain interesting insight with Flanders Battlefield Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ieper (Ypres) holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Ieper (Ypres) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Ieper (Ypres) sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bruges road trip website.

Drive from Ieper (Ypres) to Bruges in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Bruges, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

2
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Ghent, Belgium

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 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Molsbroek, and then identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, then look for all kinds of wild species at Meetjeslandse Kreken, and then step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Ghent, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.