18 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & United Kingdom Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands, Belgium & United Kingdom Itinerary

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Fly
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort William, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, make a trip to Atomium, and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Brussels trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Lisbon, Portugal to Brussels is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect Brussels to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

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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 14th (Wed): head outdoors with Bruges Ballooning, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, don't miss a visit to The Markt, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bruges tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and Keukenhof (in Lisse). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take in the views from Magere Brug, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Utrecht, The Netherlands

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar, then enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, and then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Utrecht trip planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Utrecht in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Manhattan on the Maas

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 20th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, and then find something for the whole family at Madurodam. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and finally admire the striking features of Euromast.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rotterdam day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Edinburgh is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Edinburgh Castle, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip planning site.

Getting from Rotterdam to Edinburgh by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rotterdam to Edinburgh, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fort William.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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Fort William, United Kingdom

Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants – and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger.Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nevis Range Mountain Resort, take in the awesome beauty at Ben Nevis, then take in the dramatic scenery at Steall Waterfall, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Loch Linnhe Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Rockhopper Sea Kayaking - Day Tours, appreciate the views at Glen Coe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Glenfinnan Church, then steep yourself in history at Glenfinnan Viaduct, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Loch Shiel.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Fort William travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Edinburgh to Fort William takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fort William

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

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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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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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.

United Kingdom travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Scottish Highlands travel guide

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Castles · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
The Scottish Highlands are the reason why Scotland looks like nowhere else in the world. The rugged landscapes of the Highlands are at once formidable and beautiful. Perhaps the best way to experience the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the region is by including a leisurely road trip in your itinerary. A journey through the Highlands is a journey through the history of our planet, as the ancient rocks were formed over a period of hundreds of millions of years. The region contains some of Europe’s most extensive wilderness areas, many of which have been designated as national parks and are essential places to visit for any nature lover. Dotted with small fishing villages, the region is also a foodie's paradise, offering arguably some of the finest fresh seafood and venison delicacies in the world.