16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

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16 days in The Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium Itinerary

Bangkok, Thailand
Fly:  17​h
De Koog, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
ferry + bus + train:  2​h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train + Fly + train:  16​h 15​min
Bangkok, Thailand

3
days
De Koog, The Netherlands

De Koog ©
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel and Lighthouse Texel. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, play a few rounds at Golfbaan De Texelse, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Landgoed de Bonte Belevenis, and see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora.

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Bangkok, Thailand to De Koog is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to De Koog due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Bangkok in May: high temperatures in De Koog hover around 18°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in De Koog

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

De Cocksdorp, Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, Landgoed de Bonte Belevenis
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Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach ©
Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach
Golfbaan De Texelse ©
Golfbaan De Texelse

4
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden and National Park Drents-Friese Wold. Explore hidden gems such as Strand Egmond aan Zee and De Duif. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Museumplein and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Natura Artis Magistra.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from De Koog to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
days
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock and then trek along Mullerthal Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame) and then admire the landmark architecture of Abbey of Echternach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City custom trip planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Amsterdam to Luxembourg City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Luxembourg City, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. 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

Side Trips

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

4
days
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Belfry of Bruges and Minnewater Lake. When in Bruges, make a side trip to see Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres), approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, appreciate the history behind Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bruges trip generator.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Bruges by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. May in Bruges sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Menin Gate Memorial
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Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)
Belfry of Bruges
Belfry of Bruges
Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace (Palais Royal), admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, then admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Central Station. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt van Antwerpen, stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, look for gifts at Peter Poussenier, then look for gifts at La Maison du Parfum, and finally stop by Fashion Jewelry.

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Getting from Bruges to Antwerp by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can 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
Parking Central Station ©
Parking Central Station

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