10 days in Belgium, Rotterdam & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Atomium, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then take a stroll through Lower Town, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then sample the tasty concoctions at De Koninck Antwerp City Brewery, and then wander the streets of Meir.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels day trip planning app.

Manchester, UK to Brussels is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in December, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bruges.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Salvador Dali Exhibition, don't miss a visit to The Markt, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, look for gifts at The Old Chocolate House, then explore the historical opulence of Gravensteen, and finally make a trip to Ghent City Center.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bruges day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Bruges takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

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.
On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus, then browse the different shops at Markthal, then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast. On the next day, paddle through the water with Zeebaard Kayak Tours Leiden, kick back and relax at Scheveningen Beach, then shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Agnetapark.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and then don't miss a visit to Leiden Square (Leidseplein). On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by The American Book Center, then hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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