16 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

16 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

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16 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  8​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 6 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Toronto, Canada

6
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Dam Square, Brouwersgracht, Red Light District, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rijksmuseum and KochxBos Art Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at The Amstel, get engrossed in the history at Amsterdam Gallery, don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at English Reformed Church.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Canals area, Zaanse Schans, World Heritage Kinderdijk
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

4
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Your Bruges Tours, The Old Chocolate House, Church of Our Lady Bruges, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beguinage (Begijnhof) and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Centre of Brugge and Brugge Sint Jacobskerk. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, don't miss a visit to The Markt, shop like a local with Salvador Dali Exhibition, and appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument.

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

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Bruges are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Tours Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

4
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 Manneken Pis, Royal Palace of Brussels, Mont des Arts, and other attractions to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Place and Atomium. St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, admire the striking features of Guild Houses, learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, and contemplate the long history of Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Before you visit Brussels, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Ghent, Memorial Waterloo 1815
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

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