8 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

8 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

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8 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
2
Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

To find out how to plan a trip to Brussels, use our trip itinerary maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Brussels is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Brussels. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect Brussels to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums
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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 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, take in the views from St Michael's Bridge, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ghent trip maker.

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. April in Ghent sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

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night
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 18th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, and finally admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bruges trip itinerary planning site.

Bruges is very close to Ghent. April in Bruges sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Minnewater Lake ©
Minnewater Lake
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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night
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus, admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally make a trip to Grote Markt.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Antwerp journey planner.

You can take a bus from Bruges to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum Plantin-Moretus
Museum Plantin-Moretus
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

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nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then identify plant and animal life at Het Loetbos. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Louwman Museum The Hague, admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then make a trip to Panorama Mesdag, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, and finally make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rotterdam trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Antwerp to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Hague, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Het Loetbos
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Louwman Museum The Hague ©
Louwman Museum The Hague

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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 22nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then wander the streets of The Jordaan. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, and then make a trip to The Amstel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Nature
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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