24 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

24 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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24 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Den Helder, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Den Burg, The Netherlands
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Gouda, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Ghent, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
De Haan, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
10
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), wander the streets of Leidseplein, and tour the pleasant surroundings at ARTIS.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Den Helder.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

1
night
Den Helder, The Netherlands

Den Helder ©
Den Helder is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Oranjerie De Groene Parel Den Helder, then see the interesting displays at Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium), and then brush up on your military savvy at Marinemuseum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Den Helder journey planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Den Helder takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Den Helder are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Den Burg.

Things to do in Den Helder

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Marinemuseum ©
Marinemuseum
Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium) ©
Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium)

1
day
Den Burg, The Netherlands

Den Burg ©
Den Burg is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. On the 21st (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Schapenboerderij Texel, then see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, and then get in on the family fun at Klimmen EnZo.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Den Burg attractions site .

Traveling by car from Den Helder to Den Burg takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Enkhuizen.

Things to do in Den Burg

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Texel
Highlights from your plan
Klimmen EnZo ©
Klimmen EnZo
Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora ©
Schapenboerderij Texel ©
Schapenboerderij Texel

1
night
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

Enkhuizen ©
Enkhuizen is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia.HistoryEnkhuizen was one of the harbour-towns of the VOC, just like Hoorn and Amsterdam, from where overseas trade with the East Indies was conducted. On the 22nd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Zuiderzeemuseum, then admire the striking features of De Westerpoort of Koepoort uit 1654, and then contemplate the waterfront views at IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel).

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Enkhuizen tour planner .

Traveling by car from Den Burg to Enkhuizen takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Gouda.

Things to do in Enkhuizen

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)
Highlights from your plan
Zuiderzeemuseum ©
Zuiderzeemuseum
IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) ©
IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)

1
night
Gouda, The Netherlands

Gouda ©
Gouda is a municipality and city in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Het Oude Stadhuys Gouda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint Janskerk, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Markt., and finally find something for the whole family at Vogelpark Avifauna.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gouda route maker tool .

Drive from Enkhuizen to Gouda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Gouda sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Gouda

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vogelpark Avifauna
Highlights from your plan
Vogelpark Avifauna ©
Vogelpark Avifauna
Sint Janskerk ©
Sint Janskerk
Plaza Markt. ©
Plaza Markt.

1
night
Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands

Kaatsheuvel ©
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Efteling.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kaatsheuvel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gouda to Kaatsheuvel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kaatsheuvel can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Efteling ©
Efteling

4
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.
Ghent is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, steep yourself in history at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, and make a trip to Ghent City Center.

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Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Ghent takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Ghent, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to De Haan.

Things to do in Ghent

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

3
nights
De Haan, Belgium

De Haan ©
De Haan is a place and a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. On the 29th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Capuchins, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, then don't miss a visit to Market Square, and finally pause for some photo ops at Menin Gate Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): get in on the family fun at PlopsaLand De Panne and then learn about all things military at Atlantic Wall Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the De Haan tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Ghent to De Haan in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in De Haan

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Ostend, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, PlopsaLand De Panne
Highlights from your plan
Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall 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.
Antwerp is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Pierre Marcolini, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt van Antwerpen.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp route maker .

Getting from De Haan to Antwerp by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Antwerp sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin) ©
Antwerp Zoo (Dierentuin)
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum), then make a trip to Museum Quarter, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, then engage your brain at Body Worlds, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam ©
Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Walking tours

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