10 days in South Holland Province & Belgium Itinerary

10 days in South Holland Province & Belgium Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Rotterdam
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Madurodam. Get out of town with these interesting Rotterdam side-trips: Lisse (Old Zandvliet Farm & Keukenhof). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Garden, get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and admire the landmark architecture of Old Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rotterdam tour itinerary maker website.

Washington, USA to Rotterdam is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Rotterdam due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Rotterdam at 63°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Centre of Brugge and Groeningemuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady Bruges.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bruges road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Bruges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Grand Place, steep yourself in history at Parc du Cinquantenaire, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, and examine the collection at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Brussels tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Brussels sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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South Holland Province travel guide

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Gardens · Specialty Museums · Landmarks

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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