28 days in Benelux, Syracuse & Las Vegas Itinerary

28 days in Benelux, Syracuse & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Eindhoven, Airport, Fly to Catania, Bus to Syracuse
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Syracuse, Italy
— 5 nights
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Drive to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Leeuwarden
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Bus to Holwerd, Veerdam, Ferry to Terschelling
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Terschelling, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas, United States
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium — 4 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Het Zwin Natuur Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica of the Holy Blood and The Markt. When in Bruges, make a side trip to see Meetjeslandse Kreken in Assenede, approximately Assenede away. And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, stop by The Old Chocolate House, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and make a trip to Belfry of Bruges.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bruges road trip planner.

Chennai, India to Bruges is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Bruges, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Chennai in December: high temperatures in Bruges hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. On the 8th (Fri), you're off 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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule) and Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery and Arboretum Wespelaar. Go for a jaunt from Brussels to Villers-la-ville to see Golf de Rigenee about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon, and sample the tasty concoctions at Cantillon Brewery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Brussels are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll set off for Syracuse on the 11th (Mon).
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Syracuse, Italy — 5 nights

Pearl of the Mediterranean

Philosopher Cicero once described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." A powerful city-state of ancient Greece, Syracuse now is the capital of the eponymous Italian province on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Get some historical perspective at St. Nicholas Cathedral and Chiesa Santa Chiara. Step off the beaten path and head to Ragusa Ibla and Villa Romana del Tellaro. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaktoron di Pantalica (in Sortino), Tonnara di Marzamemi (in Marzamemi) and Noto (Palazzo Nicolaci, Agua Beach Resort, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of San Pietro, step into the grandiose world of Maniace Castle, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Brussels to Syracuse in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel to Leeuwarden.
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stop by Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden, don't miss a visit to De Oldehove, and then try to win big at Holland Casino Leeuwarden. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hunebed D54 bij Havelte, then steep yourself in history at D53, and then contemplate the long history of D52.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Leeuwarden online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Syracuse to Leeuwarden with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Leeuwarden are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Terschelling.
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Terschelling, The Netherlands — 3 nights

One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): cruise along Terschelling Eilandtuks and then see the interesting displays at Wrakkenmuseum.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Terschelling day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Leeuwarden to Terschelling in 11 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Terschelling can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 22nd (Fri).
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Las Vegas, United States — 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Casino At The Venetian. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, have fun at Paris Las Vegas, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Terschelling to Las Vegas. The time zone difference when traveling from Terschelling to Las Vegas is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Terschelling in December: highs in Las Vegas hover around 16°C, while lows dip to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as The Jordaan and Begijnhof. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Natuurgebied Zwanenwater (in Callantsoog) and Buitencentrum Schoorlse Duinen Schoorl (in Schoorl). There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online trip builder.

Fly from Las Vegas to Amsterdam in 13 hours. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Amsterdam hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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