15 days in Belgium, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

15 days in Belgium, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Leeuwarden
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Katwijk, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Passendale, Belgium
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 1 night
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Lille, France
— 1 night
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Dunkirk, France
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Calais, France
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Dieppe, France
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Paris, France
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

— 1 day
Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. On the 18th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Fries Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Leeuwarden day trip planning app.

Singapore, Singapore to Leeuwarden is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Leeuwarden to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Leiden.

Things to do in Leeuwarden

Museums
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Leiden, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, add some fun to your beach time Zeebaard Kayak Tours Leiden, see the interesting displays at Wevershuis Museum, then explore the world behind art at Young Rembrandt Studio, and finally admire the striking features of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Leiden trip site.

Getting from Leeuwarden to Leiden by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December in Leiden, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Katwijk.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Katwijk, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Strand van Katwijk aan Zee, explore the world behind art at LAM, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Engelandvaarders, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dorpskerk Wassenaar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Katwijk trip itinerary app.

Katwijk is just a stone's throw from Leiden. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Katwijk

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Judicial Capital of the World

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then see the interesting displays at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, then see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

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The Hague is very close to Katwijk. In December in The Hague, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Antwerp.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, don't miss a visit to Grote Markt, examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally steep yourself in history at Sint-Anna en Sint-Joachim Godshuis.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Antwerp trip builder app.

Getting from The Hague to Antwerp by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Antwerp are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 1 night

Capital of Europe

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 23rd (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally browse the exhibits of Belgian Comic Strip Center.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

Drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites

Ghent, Belgium

— 1 night
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.
On the 24th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, then take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, then browse the exhibits of Gravensteen, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ghent route planner.

Getting from Brussels to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

Venice of the North

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 25th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bruges tour planning tool.

Drive from Ghent to Bruges in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Passendale.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums

Passendale, Belgium

Passendale or Passchendaele is a rural Belgian village in the Zonnebeke municipality of West Flanders province. To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Passendale trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bruges to Passendale by car takes about an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Passendale can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Passendale

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

— 1 night

Wipers

Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk en de Gravenkapel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tyne Cot Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, and finally don't miss a visit to Menin Gate Memorial.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ieper (Ypres) trip itinerary tool.

Ieper (Ypres) is just a short distance from Passendale. In December, daily temperatures in Ieper (Ypres) can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lille, France

— 1 night

Cultural Heart of Northern France

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, make a trip to Grande Place, admire the landmark architecture of Chambre de Commerce, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Hunt Lille, and finally examine the collection at Musee La Piscine.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lille trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Ieper (Ypres) to Lille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dunkirk, France

— 1 night
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Musee Portuaire, examine the collection at Ecomusee du Bommelaers Wall, then make a trip to Espace Tourville, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dunkirk trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lille to Dunkirk by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Calais.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Calais, France

— 1 night

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Calais online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Dunkirk to Calais in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Dieppe.

Things to do in Calais

Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dieppe, France

— 1 night
Dieppe, famous for its scallops, is a seaside resort lively all year round.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee de Dieppe, make a trip to Chapelle Notre Dame de Bonsecours, then admire the striking features of Eglise Saint Jacques, and finally don't miss a visit to Dieppe Ville D'art Et D'histoire.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dieppe online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Calais to Dieppe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Dieppe are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Dieppe

Historic Sites · Museums

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip website.

Getting from Dieppe to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.