16 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Belgium, The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Leuven
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Leuven, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Almere, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Interlaken
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly to Brussels Airport, Drive to Leuven
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Leuven, Belgium
Drive to Brussels Airport, Fly to Montreal

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Leuven, Belgium — 3 nights

The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Get outdoors at La Roche-aux-Faucons and Domaine Des Grottes De Han. Get out of town with these interesting Leuven side-trips: Old Town of Durbuy (in Durbuy), Ardennes American Cemetery (in Neupre) and Forestia (in Theux). The adventure continues: make a trip to Groot Begijnhof, admire the striking features of Town Hall (Stadhuis), and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Leuven trip itinerary builder website.

Toronto, Canada to Leuven is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In July, Leuven is little chillier than Toronto - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

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 7th (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip app.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Almere.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Almere, The Netherlands — 1 night

Almere is a planned city and municipality in the province of Flevoland, Netherlands, bordering Lelystad and Zeewolde. On the 8th (Fri), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Almere road trip planner.

Almere is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Giethoorn.
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stop by Giethoorn Floramics, then examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Schaapskudde Ruinen, look for all kinds of wild species at Natuurgebied Holtingerveld, and then relax and rejuvenate at De Veluwse Bron.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Giethoorn trip planner.

Getting from Almere to Giethoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Giethoorn are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 4 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Visiting The Eiger and Maennlichen will get you outdoors. Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to Grindelwald-First in Grindelwald--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, take some stellar pictures from Schynige Platte, get outside with BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

Start your trip to Interlaken by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Giethoorn to Interlaken with the Route module. July in Interlaken sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, and finally get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in July: highs in Geneva hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Leuven.
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Leuven, Belgium

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Leuven trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Geneva to Leuven. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Geneva in July: highs in Leuven hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Sun).
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Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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