10 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 4 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 Albert Cuyp Marketfor some retail therapy. Relax by the water at Zandvoort aan Zee and Scheveningen Beach. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) (in The Hague) and Spas (in Haarlem). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, shop like a local with Renssen Art Gallery, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam attractions planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Amsterdam. Traveling from Dammam in December, you will find days in Amsterdam are cooler (9°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at The Chocolate Line Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Baja Beach & Bar, then head outdoors with Plage d'Amante, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bruges trip builder app.

Getting from Amsterdam to Bruges by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, admire the striking features of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then stop by Tropismes Libraires, then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, and finally make a trip to Atomium.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Brussels online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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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