41 days in Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg City Itinerary

41 days in Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg City Itinerary

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41 days in Belgium, Holland & Luxembourg City Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 8 nights
bus:  1​h
2
The Hague, Holland
— 6 nights
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 7 nights
train:  30​min
4
Ghent, Belgium
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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8
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zuiderzeemuseum and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. You'll explore and learn at Kroller-Muller Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem), 't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn (in Garderen) and Utrecht (Canals area & Dom Tower). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, gain insight at Body Worlds, explore the activities along Herengracht, and browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam day trip website .

Edinburgh, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in August: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Utrecht, Kroller-Muller Museum, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, 't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn, Zaanse Schans
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

6
nights
The Hague, Holland

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louwman Museum The Hague and Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to World Heritage Kinderdijk and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around The Hague: Efteling (in Kaatsheuvel), Vlissingen (Boulevard van Vlissingen & Badstrand) and Strand Rockanje (in Rockanje). Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Madurodam. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Panorama Mesdag, make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Widerstandsnest 67 HL, Stichting Atlantikwall Musuem Scheveningen.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the The Hague itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Amsterdam to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rotterdam, Vlissingen, Efteling, Strand Rockanje, World Heritage Kinderdijk
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Louwman Museum The Hague ©
Louwman Museum The Hague

7
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.
Visit Tyne Cot Cemetery and Church of Our Lady Bruges for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Atlantic Wall Museum and Groeningemuseum. Change things up with these side-trips from Bruges: De Panne Beach (in De Panne), Ieper (Ypres) (Last Post ceremony, In Flanders Fields Museum, & more) and Plage St. Andre (in Koksijde Bad). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and take an in-depth tour of Torture Museum Oude Steen.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bruges online visit planner .

Drive from The Hague to Bruges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Bruges are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), De Panne Beach, Plage St. Andre, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Atlantic Wall Museum
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Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall Museum
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©

6
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Meetjeslandse Kreken and Meikensbossen. Visit Saint Bavo's Cathedral and Gravensteen for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ghent: Den Dotter (in Haaltert), Chateau des princes de Ligne (in Antoing) and Grand Place (in Mons). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Graslei and Korenlei, stroll through Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail, tee off at Golf & Country Club Oudenaarde, and don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ghent day trip planner.

Ghent is just a short distance from Bruges. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Meikensbossen, Grand-Place de Mons, Meetjeslandse Kreken, Golf & Country Club Oudenaarde, Chateau des princes de Ligne
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Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

7
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 Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Citadelle (Citadel). Get some cultural insight at Grand Place and Grote Markt. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Sint-Jacob Antwerpen, & more), La plage de Renipont (in Lasne) and Leuven (Town Hall (Stadhuis) & Groot Begijnhof). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Atomium, explore the world behind art at René Magritte Museum, examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antwerp, Leuven, La plage de Renipont, Memorial Waterloo 1815, Citadelle (Citadel)
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Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

6
nights
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Visit Le Chemin de la Corniche and Casemates du Bock for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore MNHM Musee National d'Histoire Militaire and Musee d'histoires de Diekirch. Change things up with these side-trips from Luxembourg City: Mullerthal Trail (in Mullerthal), Kikuoka Country Club (in Canach) and Chateau de Vianden (in Vianden). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, trek along Circular Walk Clervaux, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Wiltz, and don't miss a visit to Sandweiler German Military Cemetery, Luxembourg.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Luxembourg City online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Brussels to Luxembourg City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Wiltz, Diekirch, RedRock Mountain Bike Trails, Chateau de Vianden, Kikuoka Country Club
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Chateau de Vianden ©
Chateau de Vianden
Le Chemin de la Corniche ©
Le Chemin de la Corniche

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