Best of The Netherlands and Belgium in 11 days (Amsterdam-The Hague-Rotterdam-Brussels-Ghent-Brugge)

Start with Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, see the seaside in The Hague, and check out Rotterdam’s nightlife. In Belgium, you’ll see Brugge’s medieval grandeur, the artistry of Ghent, and the street life of Brussels before heading home.

Day 1-3: Amsterdam

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Wander around the Jordaan, a charming neighborhood with narrow alleys and leafy canals. Visit the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh’s museum and see first-hand world-wide famous paintings. Explore Anne Frank’s House for a moving introduction to the young girls’ story.

Day 4: The Hague

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Have a peek at the trippy Escher Museum or see Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Mauritshuis. Spend a few hours at the Inner Court and Knight’s Hall and learn more about the Dutch government.

Day 5-6: Rotterdam

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Walk among the shops and archways of the Beurstraverse. Then at Delfshaven, see the last remaining piece of “old” Rotterdam.

Day 7-9: Brussels

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Wander the Grand’Place, Europe’s most ornate and theatrical town square. Moreover, take a peek at the Manneken Pis, the statue of a little boy peeing from 1377.

Day 10: Ghent

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Ponder the mysteries of van Eyck’s beautiful Adoration of the Mystic Lamb in St. Bavo’s Cathedral. At SMAK, you can see the rotating displays of post-1945 art, including works by Panamarenko.

Day 11: Brugge

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The Groeningemuseum has works by many of the Flemish Primitives and their ilk, from Bosch to Bruegel. Walk along the Burg, which is beautifully illuminated at night. Explore the Markt, one of the liveliest places in Brugge, as it fills with people and horse-drawn carriages.

Flight prices starting from 600 Euro (outside of Europe).

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