18 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

18 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Namur, Belgium
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Brussels, Belgium — 2 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bois de la Cambre, Beer Mania, Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Delirium.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brussels road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Brussels is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, you will find days in Brussels are colder (15°C), and nights are a bit cooler (4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Bruges.
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Nightlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You've added Kantcentrum, The Druid's Cellar, Le Trappiste, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, don't miss a visit to The Markt, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bruges online holiday planner.

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 1 night

Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dulle Griet, Ghent City Center and Rederij De Gentenaer. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a tour by water with Rederij De Gentenaer, explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Dulle Griet.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ghent road trip planner.

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kortrijk.
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Kortrijk, Belgium

Kortrijk is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders.It is the capital and largest city of the judicial and administrative arrondissement of Kortrijk. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Beguinage of Kortrijk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

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Kortrijk is just a short distance from Ghent. In April in Kortrijk, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ieper (Ypres).
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Last Post, don't miss a visit to Menin Gate Memorial, and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Flanders Battlefield Tours.

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Traveling by train from Kortrijk to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Ieper (Ypres) are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Trollekelder, Graslei and Korenlei and Ghent University Botanical Garden. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), admire the natural beauty at Ghent University Botanical Garden, take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Trollekelder.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Ghent trip planner.

Traveling by train from Ieper (Ypres) to Ghent takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Leuven.
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Leuven, Belgium — 1 night

The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
On the 28th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, pause for some photo ops at Vallend paard, admire the striking features of University Library & Bell Tower, then don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, and finally admire the striking features of Groot Begijnhof.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Leuven road trip tool.

Traveling by train from Ghent to Leuven takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Leuven are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Namur.
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Namur, Belgium — 1 night

Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. Your day by day itinerary now includes Parc Louise - Marie as well as Le Chapitre. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at Le Chapitre, walk around Parc Louise - Marie, admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Liege-Guillemins, then explore the fascinating underground world of Domaine Des Grottes De Han, and finally steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Dinant.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Namur holiday builder site.

Traveling by train from Leuven to Namur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Namur can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 2 nights

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
On the 30th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at Town Hall (Stadhuis), make a trip to Grote Markt, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally make a trip to St. Anna's Tunnel / Pedestrians' Tunnel.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antwerp online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Namur to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Keukenhof (in Lisse) and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and stroll around Vondelpark.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam online tour itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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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