15 days in Belgium, Holland & Paris Itinerary

15 days in Belgium, Holland & Paris Itinerary

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15 days in Belgium, Holland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
The Hague, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and explore the galleries of Anne Frank House.

Plan my day in Amsterdam using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in April; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 15°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
The Hague, Holland

The Hague ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the galleries of Madurodam and then ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights). Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then see the interesting displays at Prison Gate Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at De Pier Scheveningen.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read The Hague attractions planner .

Traveling by bus from Amsterdam to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April in The Hague, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Madurodam ©
Madurodam
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally don't miss a visit to Grote Markt.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Antwerp trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from The Hague to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from The Hague in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Antwerp, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), get your game on at Level Up Gent Virtual Reality & Bar, explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, pick up some local products at BE O Markt, take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, then make a trip to Ghent City Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), then stop by Dille and Kamille, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally get your game on at BeVirtual.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ghent holiday planner.

Getting from Antwerp to Ghent by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Ghent, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Atomium, contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then don't miss a visit to Grand Place, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe and then examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels tour itinerary app .

You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Paris day trip website .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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