8 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  11​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

1
night
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
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 5th (Thu): make a trip to Atomium, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then steep yourself in history at Grand Place, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat). Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and finally see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta).

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels day trip planning site .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Brussels is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Brussels is 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
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 (Sat): stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally make a trip to The Markt. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally snap pictures at Nepomucenusbrug.

Before you visit Bruges, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Bruges, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam road trip planning tool .

Getting from Bruges to Amsterdam by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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