17 days in Belgium, Amsterdam & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Belgium, Amsterdam & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: New Delhi, India
Fly + Train:  12 h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
3
Ghent, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Dinant, Belgium
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
7
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
8
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Helsinki, Finland
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
10
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  12 h
End: New Delhi, India

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat), don't miss a visit to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, then see the interesting displays at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, and finally explore the galleries of Atomium.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary builder app.

New Delhi, India to Brussels is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Brussels. While traveling from New Delhi, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Brussels, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique ©
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then make a trip to The Markt, and finally appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges trip maker site.

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Breweries & Distilleries
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Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan
The Markt ©
The Markt
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ghent trip planner.

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In December in Ghent, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Historic Sites
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen

1
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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels
To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels tour builder website.

You can take a train from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You will leave for Dinant on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Brussels

Nightlife Museums Historic Sites
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Dinant, Belgium

Dinant ©
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Church of Our Lady (Collegiale Notre-Dame), explore the striking landscape at Rocher Bayard, and then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Dinant.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dinant travel route planner.

Getting from Brussels to Dinant by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Citadelle de Dinant ©
Citadelle de Dinant
Church of Our Lady (Collegiale Notre-Dame) ©
Church of Our Lady (Collegiale Notre-Dame)
Rocher Bayard ©
Rocher Bayard

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Brussels day trip app.

Traveling by car from Dinant to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites
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Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon ©
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and finally stroll around Vondelpark.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam journey planner.

Take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
On the 26th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then browse the different shops at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Petit Sablon, then explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, then see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels travel route planner.

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Antwerpen-Centraal
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Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)
Horta Museum (Musee Horta) ©
Horta Museum (Musee Horta)

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nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Turku (Turku Castle & Bike Rental - by Carfield) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, have some family-friendly fun at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip builder.

Getting from Brussels to Helsinki by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is slightly colder than Brussels - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Brussels.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park
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Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Brussels by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Brussels hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Belgian Comic Strip Center ©
Belgian Comic Strip Center
Parc du Cinquantenaire ©
Parc du Cinquantenaire

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