48 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

48 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 14 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 9 nights
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Durbuy, Belgium
— 9 nights
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Bouillon, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 10 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 14 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and St. Nicholas Basilica. Visit De Wonderlijke Klim and The Oude Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Leiden (Museum De Lakenhal & National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)), National Military Museum (in Soest) and Muurhuizen (in Amersfoort). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at A'dam Lookout, examine the collection at EYE Film Institute Netherlands, get engrossed in the history at Molen Van Sloten, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of the Canals.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Nice, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in September, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 22°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 9 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.
You'll explore and learn at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom and Museum Plantin-Moretus. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grote Markt and Memorial Waterloo 1815. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antwerp: Brussels (Royal Palace of Brussels, Parc du Cinquantenaire, &more), Groot Begijnhof (in Leuven) and Cardinal Desire-Joseph Mercier (in Braine-l'Alleud). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum, step into the grandiose world of Chateau-Fort de Feluy, and admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Antwerp visit planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Antwerp by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Durbuy.
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Durbuy, Belgium — 9 nights

Durbuy is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Citadelle (Citadel) and Mardasson Memorial. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town of Durbuy and Maison des Megalithes. Get out of town with these interesting Durbuy side-trips: Bastogne (From Texas to Bastogne, Aggies go to War & Au Pays d'Ardenne Original Museum), Ardennes American Cemetery (in Neupre) and Liege (Gare de Liege-Guillemins & Montagne de Bueren). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Domaine Des Grottes De Han, see the interesting displays at Musee HAN 1900, admire the striking features of Donjon de Crupet, and step into the grandiose world of Radhadesh - Chateau de Petite Somme.

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Drive from Antwerp to Durbuy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Antwerp in September: highs in Durbuy hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bouillon.
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Bouillon, Belgium — 5 nights

Bouillon is a municipality in Belgium. Step off the beaten path and head to Bastogne War Museum and Chateau fort de Bouillon. Eglise des Saints Pierre et Paul and Chateau de Fagnolles will appeal to history buffs. Explore Bouillon's surroundings by going to Chateau De Mirwart (in Mirwart) and L'abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont (in Chimay). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at La Ferme des Fees, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take an in-depth tour of Archeoscope.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bouillon online day trip planner.

Getting from Durbuy to Bouillon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 10 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Visit 'T Zand and Sint-Walburgakerk for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brugge Sint Jacobskerk and St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church). Venture out of the city with trips to Ghent (Sint-Jacobskerk, Kraanlei, &more), Kortrijk (Begijnhof, Texture, &more) and Museumschip Amandine (in Ostend). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of De Vos Almshouse (Godshuis de Vos), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, witness the site of a historic battle at Battle of Polygon Wood, and take an in-depth tour of Belle Epoque Centrum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bouillon to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. October in Bruges sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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