9 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights


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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stop by Chocolatier Van Oost, make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

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New York City, USA to Bruges is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Bruges due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Bruges at 60°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and see the interesting displays at Atomium.

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Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

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Traveling by car from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
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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 · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.