13 days in Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

13 days in Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

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13 days in Brussels & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly + train:  11​h 30​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
train:  2​h
2
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Boston, United States

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pairi Daiza and Minnewater Lake. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of the Holy Blood and Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent City Center, & more), The Domain of the Caves of Han (in Han-sur-Lesse) and Bruges (Beguinage (Begijnhof), De Halve Maan Brewery, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), admire the striking features of Dharma City, see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and trek along Le Fondry des Chiens.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Brussels online driving holiday planner .

Boston, USA to Brussels is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Brussels. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boston in August; daily highs in Brussels reach 71°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bruges, Ghent, Dharma City, Domaine Saint Roch, The Domain of the Caves of Han
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Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Beguinage (Begijnhof) ©
Beguinage (Begijnhof)

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Jordaan and Brouwersgracht. Museum-lovers will get to explore Zaanse Schans and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee (in Bloemendaal), Bussloo (in Wilp) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Zwanenwater, look for gifts at COPA Football Flagship Store, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip site .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Alkmaar cheese market, Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, Bussloo, Natuurgebied Zwanenwater
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
De Duif ©
De Duif

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