8 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

8 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, and then pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Amsterdam is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Amsterdam is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. You'll set off for Rotterdam on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Rotterdam day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

1
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Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady and then stop by Pierre Marcolini.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Antwerp trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Antwerp are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Groeningemuseum, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brussels attractions website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Brussels are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
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.