16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

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Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly + Drive:  17 h
1
De Koog, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
5
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

2
nights
De Koog, The Netherlands

De Koog ©
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Step out of the city life by going to Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel and Golfbaan De Texelse. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach and Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora. Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Texel and pick up some new knowledge with Landgoed de Bonte Belevenis.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our De Koog road trip planning app.

Bangkok, Thailand to De Koog is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to De Koog due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in May, things will get cooler in De Koog: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in De Koog

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trip

Texel
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Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Golfbaan De Texelse ©
Golfbaan De Texelse
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Strand Egmond aan Zee and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. When in Amsterdam, make a side trip to see National Park Drents-Friese Wold in Appelscha, approximately Appelscha away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and get to know the resident critters at ARTIS.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amsterdam, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from De Koog to Amsterdam by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, National Park Drents-Friese Wold, Strand Egmond aan Zee
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Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden ©
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
National Park Drents-Friese Wold ©
National Park Drents-Friese Wold

1
night
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock and then head outdoors with Mullerthal Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) and then admire the striking features of Abbey of Echternach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City holiday app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Mullerthal Trail, Abbey of Echternach
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Mullerthal Trail ©
Mullerthal Trail
Abbey of Echternach ©
Abbey of Echternach
Casemates du Bock ©
Casemates du Bock

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stadhuis and The Bottle Shop. Take a break from Bruges with a short trip to Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres), about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by The Old Chocolate House, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, indulge your taste buds at de Bier Tempel, and enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip site.

Traveling by car from Luxembourg City to Bruges takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Menin Gate Memorial
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The Old Chocolate House ©
The Old Chocolate House
Stadhuis ©
Stadhuis
The Bottle Shop ©
The Bottle Shop

1
night
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
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 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Brussels, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, don't miss a visit to Grote Markt, stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, stop by Peter Poussenier, then stop by La Maison du Parfum, and finally look for gifts at Fashion Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antwerp tour itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Antwerp are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Brussels
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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds ©
GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds
Peter Poussenier ©
Peter Poussenier

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