8 days in Belgium, Florence & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Belgium, Florence & Amsterdam Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium, Florence & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
+2
Fly + Tram + Train:  8 h
1
Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 day
Train + Fly:  6 h
End: Dublin, Ireland

2
nights
Florence, Italy

Florence ©
Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
You've added Stibbert Museum, Basilica of Santa Croce, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, examine the collection at Stibbert Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of The Baptistery of St. John, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Storico, and finally explore the world behind art at Academy Of Florence Art Gallery.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Florence online road trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Florence is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Florence. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in February; daily highs in Florence reach 14°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites Museums
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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore ©
Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
Centro Storico ©
Centro Storico
Basilica of Santa Croce ©
Basilica of Santa Croce

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.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Moco Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, take a stroll through The Jordaan, then examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip maker tool.

You can fly from Florence to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Florence in February; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Canals area, Zaanse Schans
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Canals area ©
Canals area
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
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.
For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bruges online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Bruges takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daytime highs in Bruges are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Nightlife Historic Sites Museums
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1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Kraanlei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter's Abbey.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ghent tour builder site.

Ghent is just a stone's throw from Bruges. In March, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites
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St. Nicholas' Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas' Cathedral
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Saint Peter's Abbey ©
Saint Peter's Abbey

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