23 days in The Netherlands, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

23 days in The Netherlands, Ghent & Bruges Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Dokkum, The Netherlands
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
8
Franeker, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
9
Hindeloopen, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
11
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

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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 31st (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Bavo. On your second day here, engage your brain at Body Worlds, thenget engrossed in the history at Het Scheepvaartmuseum| The National Maritime Museum, and then make a trip to Brouwersgracht.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Saint Bavo
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Cathedral of Saint Bavo ©
Cathedral of Saint Bavo
Body Worlds ©
Body Worlds

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Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 2nd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of DOMunder, thenstep into the grandiose world of Kasteel Doorwerth, thencontemplate the long history of Kamperbinnenpoort, and finally contemplate the long history of Koppelpoort. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Muurhuizen, steep yourself in history at Huis Doorn, thenexplore the historical opulence of Amerongen Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Utrecht trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Amsterdam to Utrecht by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Amersfoort, Huis Doorn, Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught, Kasteel Doorwerth, Amerongen Castle
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Kasteel Doorwerth ©
Kasteel Doorwerth
Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught ©
Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught
Amerongen Castle ©
Amerongen Castle

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night
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 4th (Mon): see the interesting displays at STAM Ghent City Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Meetjeslandse Kreken. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle), thenget outside with Lieve Canal Bicycle Trail, and finally take a stroll through Patershol.

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

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Ghent takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Ghent, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Meetjeslandse Kreken
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Patershol ©
Patershol
Museum Voor Schone Kunsten ©
Museum Voor Schone Kunsten
STAM Ghent City Museum ©
STAM Ghent City Museum

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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.
On the 6th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, thenkick back and relax at De Panne Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, thenexplore the galleries of Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, thenstop by The Old Chocolate House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Folklore Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bruges online travel planner.

You can take a train from Ghent to Bruges in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

De Panne Beach, Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
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Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
Folklore Museum ©
Folklore Museum
De Panne Beach ©
De Panne Beach

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nights
The Hague, The Netherlands

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), learn more about the world around you at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and then examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Markt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Janskerk, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, and finally see the interesting displays at museum Beelden aan Zee.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read The Hague day trip tool.

You can drive from Bruges to The Hague in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in The Hague sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Leeuwarden.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leiden, Markt, Sint Janskerk, Grote Kerk
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Molenmuseum de Valk ©
Molenmuseum de Valk
Sint Janskerk ©
Sint Janskerk

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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Leeuwarden ©
Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the water at your own pace with Boat rental Ouweseun and then stroll around Groene Ster Leeuwarden. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at The Wadden Sea and then play a few rounds at Golf & Countryclub Lauswolt.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Leeuwarden day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from The Hague to Leeuwarden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Leeuwarden, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dokkum.

Things to do in Leeuwarden

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Golf & Countryclub Lauswolt, The Wadden Sea, Boat rental Ouweseun
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Groene Ster Leeuwarden ©
Groene Ster Leeuwarden
The Wadden Sea ©
The Wadden Sea
Golf & Countryclub Lauswolt ©
Golf & Countryclub Lauswolt

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day
Dokkum, The Netherlands

Dokkum ©
Dokkum is a Dutch fortified town in the municipality of Dongeradeel in the province of Friesland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dokkum trip app.

Dokkum is just a stone's throw from Leeuwarden. In June, daytime highs in Dokkum are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Franeker.

Things to do in Dokkum

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer
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Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer ©
Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer

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night
Franeker, The Netherlands

Franeker ©
Franeker is one of the eleven historical cities of Friesland and capital of the municipality of Franekeradeel. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Franeker City Hall, see the interesting displays at Museum Martena, ponder the world of politics at Rijksmonument Stadhuis Sneek uit 1550-1605, thensee the interesting displays at Fries Scheepvaart Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Town Hall Bolsward. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rijksmonument Martinikerk Sneek uit 1498-1503, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michaelskerk, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galerie de Vis, and finally choose your vessel at Boat rental Ouweseun.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Franeker trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Dokkum to Franeker takes an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Franeker can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hindeloopen.

Things to do in Franeker

Museums Transportation Tours

Side Trips

Harlingen, Sneek, Town Hall Bolsward
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Museum Martena ©
Museum Martena
Fries Scheepvaart Museum ©
Fries Scheepvaart Museum
Galerie de Vis ©
Galerie de Vis

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Hindeloopen, The Netherlands

Hindeloopen ©
Hindeloopen is an old city on the North of the Netherlands on the IJsselmeer. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk van Hindeloopen, explore the world behind art at Museum Hindeloopen, and then add some fun to your beach time De haan watersport.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hindeloopen online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Franeker to Hindeloopen takes an hour. In June in Hindeloopen, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alkmaar.

Things to do in Hindeloopen

Adventure Transportation Tours

Side Trip

De haan watersport
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De haan watersport ©
De haan watersport
Museum Hindeloopen ©
Museum Hindeloopen
Grote Kerk van Hindeloopen ©
Grote Kerk van Hindeloopen

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands

Alkmaar ©
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Strand Heemskerk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Duinreservaat Castricum. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Ruinekerk van Bergen uit 1597, trek along Klimduin, thenexamine the collection at Automuseum Schagen, thenexamine the collection at Boerderij en Rijtuigmuseum Vreeburg te Schagen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hof Van Sonoy.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Alkmaar trip planner.

You can drive from Hindeloopen to Alkmaar in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Alkmaar

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Schagen, Klimduin, Duinreservaat Castricum, De Ruinekerk van Bergen uit 1597, Strand Heemskerk
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Duinreservaat Castricum ©
Duinreservaat Castricum
Automuseum Schagen ©
Automuseum Schagen

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Het Jonge Schaap and Strand Camperduin. Let the collections at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) capture your imagination. Explore Amsterdam further: examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam road trip planner.

Getting from Alkmaar to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zaandam, Strand Camperduin
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Strand Camperduin ©
Strand Camperduin
Het Jonge Schaap ©
Het Jonge Schaap
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans

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