16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

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De Koog, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bus to Texel, Veerhaven, Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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De Koog, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Step out of the city life by going to Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach and Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lighthouse Texel and Landgoed de Bonte Belevenis. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora and tee off at Golfbaan De Texelse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the De Koog holiday planning website.

Bangkok, Thailand to De Koog is an approximately 132-hour travel. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. 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 travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in De Koog

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Beaches

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
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 Nationaal 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 combination of bus, ferry, and train takes about 4 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 fly to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 1 night

Gibraltar of the North

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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame and then admire the striking features of Abbey of Echternach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City holiday app.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bruges, Belgium

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Old Chocolate House and Stadhuis. Take a break from Bruges with a short trip to Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres), about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at The Bottle Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, savor the flavors at de Bier Tempel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Bruges by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bruges are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
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, steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then steep yourself in history 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.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our Antwerp tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Shopping

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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.

Luxembourg travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Churches
Green Heart of Europe
One of the three richest countries in the world, Luxembourg celebrates its wealth of natural and historical sites as well. Landlocked by Belgium, France, and Germany, this nation represents a blend of cultures, which are evident as you explore the nation's villages, outdoor attractions, and capital. If you prefer city living, discover Luxembourg City's old town, with World Heritage status. This small nation's rolling countryside is equally charming, offering castles and plenty of opportunity for recreation and leisure. Go for a bike ride, hike the country's mountainous region, or spend time at renowned vineyards.

Belgium travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · 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.