17 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 5 nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights


Brussels, Belgium — 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grand Place and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Atomium and Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Antwerp (Museum De Reede & Antwerpen-Centraal). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Brussels is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Let the collections at Groeningemuseum and Friet Museum capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at Plage d'Amante and Baja Beach & Bar. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: Ghent (Graslei and Korenlei, Gravensteen, &more), Beach De Haan (in De Haan) and The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

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You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Bruges sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 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.
Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and The Jordaan. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: The Hague (The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery & Kunstmuseum Den Haag), Scheveningen Beach (in Scheveningen) and Bloemendaal Beach (in Bloemendaal). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zandvoort aan Zee, take a stroll through Leiden Square (Leidseplein), and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

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You can drive from Bruges to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Belgium travel guide

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.