38 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

38 days in Amsterdam & Belgium Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 10 nights
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Spa, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Dinant, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Wachtebeke, Belgium
— 4 nights
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Heuvelland, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 8 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wijnhoeve de kleine Schorre and Zuiderkerk. Take a break from the city and head to Nationaal Park Veluwezoom and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Reptile House De Aarde Breda (in Breda), Old Church (in Spaarndam) and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Egmond aan Zee, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand van Katwijk aan Zee, identify plant and animal life at De Hoge Berg, and try to win big at Haarlemmermeerse Bos.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online sightseeing planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Amsterdam. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect nights in Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Spa.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Spa, Belgium

Spa is a Belgian town, located in the Province of Liège, and is the town where the word spa comes from. Mardasson Memorial and Old Town of Durbuy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Domaine de Berinzenne and La Vallee de la Hoegne will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Spa: Comblain-au-Pont (Grotte de Comblain & Musee en plein air et Tour St Martin), Bronnenwandeling (in Sint-Martens-Voeren) and Ferrieres (Domaine de Palogne & Logne Castle). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Circuit de Spa, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brasserie de Bellevaux, stop by Jean Loup Legrand - Artisan Chocolatier, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye du Val-Dieu.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Spa route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Spa takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Spa are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dinant.

Things to do in Spa

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Dinant, Belgium

Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Step off the beaten path and head to Le Chateau de Lavaux Sainte-Anne and Le Fondry des Chiens. Parc de Furfooz and Eglise Saint-Etienne de Waha are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Cave of Lorette-Rochefort (in Rochefort), The Giant's Tomb (Tombeau du Geant) (in Botassart) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Alle-sur-Semois). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eglise Collegiale Notre-Dame, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bouillon, sample the tasty concoctions at Brasserie des Eaux Vives, and delve into the lush surroundings at La Grande Foret de Saint-Hubert.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dinant trip planner.

Traveling by car from Spa to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Dinant, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Wachtebeke.

Things to do in Dinant

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Wachtebeke, Belgium

Wachtebeke is a municipality located in the Belgian province of East Flanders. Get some cultural insight at Pastorie Zaffelare-Lochristi and Gemeentehuis. Step out of the city life by going to Heidebos and AB Ballonvaarten Bvba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wachtebeke: Stokerij Van Damme (in Balegem), Huyghe Brewery (in Melle) and Damvallei (in Destelbergen). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Meetjeslandse Kreken, stroll around Puyenbroeck, and hike along Loopgravenpad Mastenbos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Wachtebeke trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Dinant to Wachtebeke by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Heuvelland.

Things to do in Wachtebeke

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Heuvelland, Belgium

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Entre-Deux-Monts and Zilver Cruys Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to De Panne Beach and Klein Rijselhoek. Take a break from Heuvelland with a short trip to Brewery-Malthouse De Snoek in Alveringem, about 46 minutes away.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Heuvelland travel planner.

Traveling by car from Wachtebeke to Heuvelland takes 1.5 hours. In January in Heuvelland, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Heuvelland

Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Bruges, Belgium

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Church of Capuchins. Get in touch with nature at Beach De Haan and Naaaktstrand Bredene. Venture out of the city with trips to Brewery Liefmans (in Oudenaarde), The Dunes of Bredene (in Bredene) and Stadsbrouwerij 't Koelschip Oostende (in Ostend). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Quai du Rosaire / Rozenhoedkaai, head outdoors with Maerlant Bicycle Trail, identify plant and animal life at Provincial Domain Bulskampveld, and tee off at Golf & Country Club Oudenaarde.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges travel route planning site.

Traveling by car from Heuvelland to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. In January in Bruges, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

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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.