17 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Texel, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights


Bruges, Belgium — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Minnewater Lake and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Historic Centre of Brugge and Gravensteen will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady Bruges, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and make a trip to Belfry of Bruges.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Bruges is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in May; daily highs in Bruges reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 5 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
For shopping fun, head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert or Museum De Reede. Popular historic sites such as Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) are in your itinerary. Take a break from Brussels with a short trip to Meir in Antwerp, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Serres Royales De Laeken, admire the landmark architecture of Parc du Cinquantenaire, see the interesting displays at Atomium, and don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brussels holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Texel.
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Texel, The Netherlands — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on Calidris Birdsafaries and then explore the striking landscape of Oudeschild, Texel.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Texel holiday maker site.

You can drive from Brussels to Texel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Texel, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 6 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.
Head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Hollandse Marktfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Zandvoort aan Zee and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Church (in Delft), Scheveningen Beach (in Scheveningen) and Bloemendaal Beach (in Bloemendaal). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, stroll around Vondelpark, steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and wander the streets of The Jordaan.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Getting from Texel to Amsterdam by combination of ferry and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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.