8 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
3
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
End: Brussels, Belgium

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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.
On the 9th (Wed), engage your brain at Atomium, make a trip to Grand Place, then see the interesting displays at Manneken Pis, then contemplate the long history of Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally indulge your taste buds at Jérôme Grimonpon Chocolatier.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Brussels vacation trip planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. November in Brussels sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

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

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Antwerp By Bike has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum aan de Stroom, admire the landmark architecture of Central Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt van Antwerpen, then pedal to the sights with Antwerp By Bike, and finally get engrossed in the history at Plantin-Moretus Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Antwerp custom trip planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Antwerpen-Centraal ©
Antwerpen-Centraal

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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.
On the 12th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ghent trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
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Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Markthal, make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then explore the galleries of Madurodam, and finally explore the world behind art at Mauritshuis. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Efteling.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam itinerary maker.

Getting from Ghent to Rotterdam by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

The Hague, Efteling
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Efteling ©
Efteling
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then stroll through Vondelpark, and finally take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Red Light District, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Natura Artis Magistra, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally enjoy some diversion at Museumphoto.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C.

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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