10 days in Belgium, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

10 days in Belgium, France & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
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Lille, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Calais, France
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ostend, Belgium
— 1 night
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Volendam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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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 2nd (Tue), get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, explore the galleries of Atomium, and then steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels road trip planning tool.

Adana, Turkey to Brussels is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Adana in July, you will find days in Brussels are much colder (26°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Lille.

Things to do in Brussels

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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 3rd (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then walk around Parc Mosaic.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille day trip planning tool.

Drive from Brussels to Lille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lille, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Calais.

Things to do in Lille

Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Calais, France

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.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Calais route planner.

Getting from Lille to Calais by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You'll set off for Bruges on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Calais

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
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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 4th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, then don't miss a visit to The Markt, then examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and finally explore the activities along Minnewater Lake.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bruges road trip planner.

You can drive from Calais to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ostend.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Ostend, Belgium

— 1 night

City by the Sea

Known as the City by the Sea, Ostend represents not only a seaside resort, but also a destination for history lovers.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get outside with Beach De Haan and then learn about all things military at Atlantikwall Raversyde.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Ostend tour itinerary planning site.

Ostend is very close to Bruges. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Ostend

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Madurodam.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Ostend to Rotterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You've now added Cherry Travel & Tours to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Cherry Travel & Tours, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and finally admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Volendam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Tours
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Volendam, The Netherlands

— 1 night
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Scheepswerf Groot, take in the views from Kwakelbrug, get engrossed in the history at Edams Museum, look for gifts at Hollandse Markt, then don't miss a visit to Wooden Shoe Factory, and finally see the interesting displays at Mondial Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Volendam journey builder app.

Volendam is very close to Amsterdam. In July, daytime highs in Volendam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Volendam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Belgium travel guide

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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

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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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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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.

North Holland Province travel guide

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