17 days in Belgium & Holland Itinerary

17 days in Belgium & Holland Itinerary

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17 days in Belgium & Holland Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  30​min
2
Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Mechelen, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  1​h
4
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  45​min
7
Rotterdam, Holland
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
8
The Hague, Holland
— 1 night
train:  15​min
9
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Giethoorn, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Singapore, Singapore


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1
night
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.
For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Brussels trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Brussels is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Brussels. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 7°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

1
night
Leuven, Belgium

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Great Market Square (Grote Markt), pause for some photo ops at Vallend paard, don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, then don't miss a visit to Groot Begijnhof, then steep yourself in history at Town Hall (Stadhuis), and finally admire the striking features of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Leuven trip itinerary builder site .

Leuven is just a short distance from Brussels. In December in Leuven, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Mechelen.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Town Hall (Stadhuis) ©
Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Groot Begijnhof ©
Groot Begijnhof
Old Market Square ©
Old Market Square

few
hours
Mechelen, Belgium

Mechelen
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mechelen planner .

Mechelen is just a stone's throw from Leuven. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. You'll set off for Ghent on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, then make a trip to Ghent City Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ghent attractions planner.

Take a train from Mechelen to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December in Ghent, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

1
night
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.
For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bruges attractions app .

Bruges is just a stone's throw from Ghent. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll set off for Antwerp on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Bruges

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums

1
night
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 24th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, appreciate the history behind Brabo, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antwerp trip site .

You can take a bus from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can take a train to Rotterdam.

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
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.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, then admire the landmark architecture of Erasmus Bridge, then browse the different shops at Markthal, and finally examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Rotterdam journey planning app .

Take a train from Antwerp to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles
Highlights from your plan
Markthal ©
Markthal
Euromast ©
Euromast

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Madurodam and then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along De Pier Scheveningen, see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), don't miss a visit to Panorama Mesdag, then ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and finally make a trip to Markt.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read The Hague trip itinerary maker website .

The Hague is just a short distance from Rotterdam. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Markt
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get curious at CORPUS 'journey through the human body', take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus botanicus Leiden, then make a trip to Wall Poems of Leiden, and finally make a trip to De Burcht.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Leiden itinerary planning app .

Leiden is just a short distance from The Hague. In December in Leiden, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hortus botanicus Leiden ©
Hortus botanicus Leiden
De Burcht ©
De Burcht

3
nights
Giethoorn, Holland

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, examine the collection at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus, examine the collection at Museum de Fundatie, then admire the striking features of Rijksmonument Broederpoort Kampen uit 1465, and finally stop by Lekkers & Zo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then find something for the whole family at Walibi Holland, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote of St. Nicolaaskerk.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Giethoorn trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Leiden to Giethoorn in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grote of St. Nicolaaskerk, Museum de Fundatie, Rijksmonument Broederpoort Kampen uit 1465, Walibi Holland
Highlights from your plan
De Oude Aarde ©
De Oude Aarde
Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus ©
Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus
Walibi Holland ©
Walibi Holland

4
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: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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