15 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

15 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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15 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bus:  30 min
1
Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Delft, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Hoorn, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
nights
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hofje van Bakenes and then admire the striking features of Proveniershof. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, then admire the striking features of Molen De Adriaan Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Haarlem online road trip planner .

Amsterdam to Haarlem is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Haarlem can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Delft.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums Historic Sites
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Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

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Delft, The Netherlands

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Cheese and More Delft and then don't miss a visit to Beestenmarkt. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, explore the world behind art at Vermeer Centrum Delft, then see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, and finally make a trip to Markt.

Plan trip to Delft with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Haarlem to Delft by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Ghent.

Things to do in Delft

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Church ©
Old Church
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bruges (Oude Griffie, The Markt, &more). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Gravensteen, make a trip to Ghent City Center, and contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ghent trip planning site .

You can drive from Delft to Ghent in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll around Vondelpark. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Ghent to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Hoorn.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Hoorn, The Netherlands

Hoorn ©
Hoorn is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Venture out of the city with trips to Franeker (Eise Eisinga Planetarium & Franeker City Hall) and IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) (in Makkum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik, explore the historical opulence of Hoofdtoren Hoorn uit 1532-1534, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Koepelkerk.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hoorn travel route planning tool .

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Hoorn in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hoorn can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hoorn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franeker, IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)
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Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik ©
Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik
IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) ©
IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)
Eise Eisinga Planetarium ©
Eise Eisinga Planetarium

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Sculpture De Violist and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, then wander the streets of The Jordaan, and finally don't miss a visit to Dam Square.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planning website .

You can take a train from Hoorn to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Dam Square ©
Dam Square

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