11 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

11 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

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11 days in Belgium & The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  10​h
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3
nights
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.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, explore the galleries of Atomium, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center.

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

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Brussels is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Brussels is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in October; daily highs in Brussels reach 16°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Ghent.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
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 30th (Wed): explore the galleries of Gravensteen, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, then make a trip to The Markt, and finally make a trip to Belfry of Bruges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then steep yourself in history at Brugse Vrije, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ghent travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October in Ghent, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Bruges
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
The Markt ©
The Markt
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge

1
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.
On the 1st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, then admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally look for gifts at Pierre Marcolini.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Antwerp planning website .

You can take a train from Ghent to Antwerp in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Pierre Marcolini ©
Pierre Marcolini
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Van Gogh Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip tool .

You can take a train from Antwerp to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. November in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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