9 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

9 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center. Keep things going the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, take a stroll through Place St. Gery, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally take a stroll through Lower Town.

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London, UK to Brussels is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Brussels. When traveling from London in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Brussels: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

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.
On the 27th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk, then make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and finally stop by The Old Chocolate House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bruges trip planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
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 29th (Tue): take a stroll through Patershol, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Antwerp trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Leidseplein.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam tour builder.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

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.