14 days in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

14 days in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

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14 days in Holland & Belgium Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 6 nights
train + train:  3​h 15​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States


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6
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Rijksmuseum and Frans Hals Museum. Popular historic sites such as Anne Frank House and Grote Markt are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: RIB Actie Scheveningen (in Scheveningen), Mauritshuis (in The Hague) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, explore the activities along Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht), and choose your vessel at Sloepdelen Boat Rental.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam tour planner.

New York City, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get little chillier in Amsterdam: highs are around 63°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Hague, Zandvoort aan Zee
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, then steep yourself in history at Beguinage (Begijnhof), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Nature
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

6
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Grand Place and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Popular historic sites such as Serres Royales De Laeken and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brussels: Planckendael (in Mechelen) and Antwerp (Grote Markt van Antwerpen, Zurenborg, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, get curious at Atomium, and contemplate the long history of Maison d'Erasme.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, ZOO Planckendael
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

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