8 days in Belgium & Holland Itinerary

8 days in Belgium & Holland Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium & Holland Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
Fly:  3​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
The Hague, Holland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Rotterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
train:  30​min
7
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly:  2​h
End: Madrid, Spain


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2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Moco Museum, Heineken Experience, Those Dam Boat Guys, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, make a trip to De Nieuwe Kerk, and explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht).

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam tour planner.

Madrid, Spain to Amsterdam is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Those Dam Boat Guys ©
Those Dam Boat Guys

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hours
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.
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You can take a train from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Rotterdam travel route builder website .

Rotterdam is just a short distance from The Hague. In December, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for Antwerp.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Efteling
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Efteling ©
Efteling
Kijk-Kubus ©
Kijk-Kubus
Rotterdam Centraal Station ©
Rotterdam Centraal Station

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day
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 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

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Take a train from Rotterdam to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

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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.
To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner .

You can take a train from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Brussels sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place

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hours
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 2nd (Thu): indulge your taste buds at BE O Markt and then admire the landmark architecture of Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle).

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ghent online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
BE O Markt ©
BE O Markt

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Stadhuis.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner.

Bruges is very close to Ghent. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Parks
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
The Markt ©
The Markt

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