9 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

9 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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9 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Durham, United States
Fly + train:  12​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Durham, United States

2
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.
You've added SANDEMANs NEW Brussels, Free Walking Tour, Jeanneke Pis, Autoworld, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Grand Place, take in the local highlights with SANDEMANs NEW Brussels, Free Walking Tour, then pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then pause for some photo ops at Jeanneke Pis, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Delirium. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Atomium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, then don't miss a visit to Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, and finally examine the collection at Autoworld.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Brussels trip planning website .

Durham, USA to Brussels is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Brussels is 6 hours. Traveling from Durham in October, things will get little chillier in Brussels: highs are around 57°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Historic Sites Tours
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Delirium ©
Delirium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rozenhoedkaai, Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery and Church of Our Lady Bruges. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the waterfront at Rozenhoedkaai, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Burg Square, admire the striking features of Stadhuis, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, and finally take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites Museums
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You've added Brouwerij 't IJ, Leidseplein, De Gooyer Windmill, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Free Walking Tours Amsterdam, hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, wander the streets of The Jordaan, then don't miss a visit to Dam Square, then don't miss a visit to De Gooyer Windmill, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brouwerij 't IJ. Keep things going the next day: gain interesting insight with Flying Dutch Boats, take in panoramic vistas at A'dam Lookout, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), look for gifts at Foodhallen, then choose your vessel at Flagship Amsterdam, and finally wander the streets of Red Light District.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam journey app .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Neighborhoods Shopping
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Flagship Amsterdam ©
Flagship Amsterdam
Red Light District ©
Red Light District

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
On the 26th (Sat), learn about all things military at Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), then contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally examine the collection at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Horta Museum (Musee Horta) ©
Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

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