16 days in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

16 days in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

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16 days in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
train:  45​min
1
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
The Hague, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Delft, Holland
— 1 night
train:  15​min
4
Rotterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Utrecht, Holland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Breda, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium


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1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heilige Lodewijkkerk. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Heilige Lodewijkkerk.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Leiden travel route planner.

Amsterdam to Leiden is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive. In April in Leiden, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 41°F at night. You'll set off for The Hague on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Leiden

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Japanese Garden, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our The Hague tour itinerary planner .

The Hague is very close to Leiden. In April, daytime highs in The Hague are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. You will leave for Delft on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag ©
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Japanese Garden ©
Japanese Garden

1
night
Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maria van Jessekerk as well as Maria Van Jesse Church. On the 30th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Delft trip planner .

Delft is just a short distance from The Hague. In April, daily temperatures in Delft can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Rotterdam.

Things to do in Delft

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Church ©
Old Church
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk
Vermeer Centrum Delft ©
Vermeer Centrum Delft

2
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Kunsthal Rotterdam, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kunsthal Rotterdam and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Witte Huis and then examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam road trip planning website .

Rotterdam is just a short distance from Delft. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kunsthal Rotterdam ©
Kunsthal Rotterdam
Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk ©
Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ©
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

2
nights
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 3rd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of DOMunder, get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kruideniers Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pandhof Domkerk.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Utrecht trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Rotterdam to Utrecht by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Breda.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
DOMunder ©
DOMunder
Canals area ©
Canals area
Pandhof Domkerk ©
Pandhof Domkerk

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night
Breda, Holland

Breda ©
Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. On the 4th (Mon), see the interesting displays at De Kerkschat - Grote Kerk, then stroll around Stadspark Valkenberg, then see the interesting displays at Breda's Begijnhof Museum, and finally make a trip to Ginnekenmarkt.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Breda day trip website .

Getting from Delft to Breda by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. May in Breda sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 5th (Tue), you're off toDordrecht.

Things to do in Breda

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Breda's Begijnhof Museum ©
Breda's Begijnhof Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Rockox House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Paul's Church, then examine the collection at Museum Mayer van den Bergh, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carolus Borromeus Church.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antwerp road trip planner.

You can drive from Breda to Antwerp in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Antwerp are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Bruges.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cogels Osylei ©
Cogels Osylei
Museum Mayer van den Bergh ©
Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Rockox House ©
Rockox House

2
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 8th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then steep yourself in history at Beguinage (Begijnhof), then take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Brugge Sint Jacobskerk. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerusalem Chapel & Adornes Domain, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Walplein.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges trip itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Antwerp to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. You will leave for Ghent on the 10th (Sun).

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
Sint-Walburgakerk ©
Sint-Walburgakerk

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sint-Jacobskerk, Sint-Michielskerk and Saint Peter's Abbey. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gravensteen and Kraanlei. Get some historical perspective at St. Nicholas' Cathedral and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ghent trip website .

Ghent is very close to Bruges. In May in Ghent, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
St. Nicholas' Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas' Cathedral
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

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