13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

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13 days in Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) and Herengracht. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kroller-Muller Museum and Louwman Museum The Hague. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Canals area (in Utrecht), Oerrr op het Mosselse Zand (in Otterlo) and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) (in The Hague). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at The Amstel, see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam online visit planner .

Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. October in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, Otterlo, Canals area, Zaanse Schans
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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Gravensteen and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of the Holy Blood and Langemark Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: German War Cemetery of Langemark , Belgium (in Diksmuide), Essex Farm Cemetery (in Ieper (Ypres)) and Battle of Polygon Wood (in Zonnebeke). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, take an in-depth tour of For Freedom Museum, take in the waterfront at Rozenhoedkaai, and see the interesting displays at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges holiday planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Zonnebeke, Gravensteen, Essex Farm Cemetery, Langemark Cemetery, For Freedom Museum
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum

4
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Citadelle (Citadel) and René Magritte Museum. Grand Place and Fort Breendonk will appeal to history buffs. Explore Brussels' surroundings by going to Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’' (in Halle), Abbaye de Villers (in Villers-la-ville) and St Symphorien Military Cemetery (in Mons). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Atomium, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, make a trip to Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and steep yourself in history at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Brussels day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Bruges to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Hallerbos – ‘'The Blue Forest’', Abbaye de Villers, Fort Breendonk, Citadelle (Citadel)
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Citadelle (Citadel) ©
Citadelle (Citadel)

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