11 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

11 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night


Brussels, Belgium

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Brussels is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, expect nights in Brussels to be colder, around 14°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. On the 10th (Wed), you're off to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Shopping
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Grote Markt) and The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum, and sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
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Antwerp, Belgium — 3 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.
Antwerp is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, stop by Orogem Jewelry, get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antwerp tour builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Antwerp by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.
Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks
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Brussels, Belgium — 1 night

On the 18th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brussels day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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.