10 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights


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.
Do your shopping at Leiden Square (Leidseplein) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Scheveningen Beach and Strand van Katwijk aan Zee. Venture out of the city with trips to Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft), Spas (in Haarlem) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, visit The Jordaan, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the exciting artwork at The Route Photo Gallery.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel route site.

If you are flying in from Saudi Arabia, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Brussels.
Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), stop by GERETTI Jewellery & Diamonds, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, and finally explore the galleries of Atomium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest, then wander the streets of Lower Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Brussels takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 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.
Visit Plage d'Amante and Baja Beach & Bar for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, examine the collection at Historium Brugge, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bruges itinerary site.

You can drive from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Bruges sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.