15 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Train to Waterloo station, Train to Brussels
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durbuy, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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De Panne, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive
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Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Fly
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Den Helder, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Texel, The Netherlands
— 1 day
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Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Taxi to Den Oever, Busstation, Bus to Leeuwarden, Busstation, Train to Giethoorn
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly to London City, Train to Poole

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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 27th (Sat): wander the streets of Place St. Gery and then take a stroll through Lower Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Gummarus Church, then see the interesting displays at Zimmer Tower, and then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof Lier.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Brussels trip planner.

Poole, UK to Brussels is an approximately 5.5-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Poole to Brussels. In August, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Durbuy.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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Durbuy, Belgium — 1 night

Durbuy is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Luxembourg. On the 29th (Mon), make a trip to Grandmenil Panther Tank Ausf. G, learn about all things military at Manhay History 44 Museum, then steep yourself in history at Maison des Megalithes, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Massage Intuitif.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Durbuy holiday planner.

Getting from Brussels to Durbuy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to De Panne.
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Spas · Historic Sites · Museums
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De Panne, Belgium — 1 night

Once a quiet fishing village, De Panne has become a buzzing beach resort with natural sand dunes that provide good views and an even better story. You'll find beachfront beer stalls and seaside activities along the coast of the North Sea.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Coxyde Military Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Vrij Vaderland, then see the interesting displays at Spanish Pavilion, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats Ramskapelle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Ter-Duinenkerk.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the De Panne trip planner.

You can drive from Durbuy to De Panne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in De Panne can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for Knokke-Heist.
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Knokke-Heist, Belgium

Knokke-Heist is a municipality in the Belgian province of West Flanders. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): look for gifts at PortB, pause for some serene contemplation at Visserskapel, and then see the interesting displays at Sincfala: Museum van de Zwinstreek.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Knokke-Heist online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from De Panne to Knokke-Heist in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. In August in Knokke-Heist, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 1 night

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.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges online trip planner.

Bruges is just a stone's throw from Knokke-Heist. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Haarlem.
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Haarlem, The Netherlands — 1 night

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Draaiorgelmuseum, stroll the grounds of Begraafplaats en Crematorium Westerveld uit 1888, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloemendaal Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Proveniershof. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem, contemplate the long history of Stadhuis Haarlem, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Janskerk, then make a trip to Hofje van Bakenes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Waalse Kerk Haarlem.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Haarlem tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bruges to Haarlem takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Haarlem sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Den Helder.
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Den Helder, The Netherlands — 1 night

Den Helder is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Den Helder travel route planner.

Getting from Haarlem to Den Helder by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Den Helder sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave for Texel on the 3rd (Sat).
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Texel, The Netherlands — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oudeschild, Texel, trek along Sommeltjespad, stroll the grounds of War Cemetery Den Burg, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Waddeneiland Texel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De Hervormde Kerk van Den Burg Texel uit 1452.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Texel trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Den Helder to Texel in an hour. In September in Texel, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Giethoorn.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stop by Lekkers & Zo, see the interesting displays at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Holtingerveld, and finally don't miss a visit to Onderduikershol Diever. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Lemmer Kanaal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hervormde Kerk, and then kick back and relax at Strand Lemmer.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Giethoorn day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train from Texel to Giethoorn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Strand Muiderberg and Blijburg (Happy Village). Visit Muiderslot and Westerkerk for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Molen Van Sloten, contemplate the waterfront views at Singel, examine the collection at Youseum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at De Krijtberg - Sint Franciscus Xaveriuskerk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Amsterdam travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Belgium travel guide

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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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.
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