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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Dinant, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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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 list of things to see and do now includes Poechenellekelder, Delirium, Manneken Pis, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, make a trip to Grand Place, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Delirium.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Brussels is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect nights in Brussels to be slightly colder, around 4°C, while days are colder, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bruges.
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Burg Square, The Chocolate Line Bruges, Bruges to Damme Bike Tour, and other attractions. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and get a taste of local nightlife at 2be Beer Wall.

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Getting from Brussels to Bruges by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bruges, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 Ghent City Center, Dulle Griet and Rederij De Gentenaer. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Rederij De Gentenaer, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Dulle Griet.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ghent trip website.

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. April in Ghent sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beguinage of Kortrijk, and then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kortrijk trip builder tool.

Kortrijk is just a stone's throw from Ghent. In April, daytime highs in Kortrijk are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
On the 26th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Last Post, appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial, and then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Flanders Battlefield Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ieper (Ypres) driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Kortrijk to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ghent.
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Ghent, Belgium — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Ghent University Botanical Garden, Graslei and Korenlei and Trollekelder. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), take in nature's colorful creations at Ghent University Botanical Garden, snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Trollekelder.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ghent online day trip planner.

Getting from Ieper (Ypres) to Ghent by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Great Market Square (Grote Markt). Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Great Market Square (Grote Markt), admire the striking features of Groot Begijnhof, then don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, and finally appreciate the history behind Vallend paard.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Leuven itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ghent to Leuven in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Leuven, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dinant.
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Dinant, Belgium — 2 nights

Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
You've added Brasserie du Bocq, Citadelle de Dinant, Grotte La Merveilleuse, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Maison Leffe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Maredsous, then take in the views from Charles-de-Gaulle Bridge, and finally Head underground at Grotte La Merveilleuse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Dinant, make a trip to Eglise Collegiale Notre-Dame, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie du Bocq.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Dinant travel route planning site.

Drive from Leuven to Dinant in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Dinant sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Antwerp.
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Antwerp, Belgium — 1 night

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Antwerp online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Dinant to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Palace Amsterdam, Keukenhof and Brouwersgracht. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and have fun and explore at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Antwerp to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly 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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