17 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

17 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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17 days in The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Antwerp, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Leuven, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

3
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.
You've added Van Gogh Museum, NEMO Science Museum, Flower Market / Bloemenmarkt, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum and then take a stroll through De Negen Straatjes. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The American Book Center, then hunt for treasures at Flower Market / Bloemenmarkt, then engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip builder.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Amsterdam is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Amsterdam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in June: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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nights
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Nijmegen ©
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kröller-Müller Museum and Kasteeltuinen Arcen. Explore hidden gems such as Nationaal Park Veluwezoom and Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven. Get out of town with these interesting Nijmegen side-trips: Hertog Jan (in Arcen), Venlo binnenstad (in Venlo) and National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen (in Drunen). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kronenburgerpark.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nijmegen vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Nijmegen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Nijmegen sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Antwerp.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Arcen, Nationaal Park Veluwezoom, Beer Brewery de Koningshoeven, Venlo binnenstad, National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen
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Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum
Nationaal Park Veluwezoom ©
Nationaal Park Veluwezoom

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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.
Head to Pierre Marcolini and GERETTI Jewellery & Diamondsfor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at Gravensteen Castle and Museum aan de Stroom. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antwerp: Ghent (St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal), Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, & more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Our Lady, wander the streets of Zurenborg, and browse the different shops at Shopping Stadsfeestzaal.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Antwerp trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nijmegen to Antwerp in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leuven.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ghent
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Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom

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Leuven, Belgium

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Chateau de Modave and Reading Between the Lines Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The Cave of Han and Chocolaterie Defroidmont. Explore Leuven's surroundings by going to Waterloo (Hougoumont & Waterloo Battlefield), Le Chateau de Lavaux Sainte-Anne (in Lavaux-Sainte-Anne) and December 44 Historical Museum (in La Gleize). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Feodal, wander the streets of La Place du Marche, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Tongeren Flea Market.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Leuven vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Leuven in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

La Grotte De Han, Reading Between the Lines Church, Tongeren Flea Market, Chateau de Modave, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
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La Grotte De Han ©
La Grotte De Han
Memorial Waterloo 1815 ©
Memorial Waterloo 1815
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery ©

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
On the 3rd (Mon), take a stroll around Marken, then explore the activities along The Amstel, and then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom Tower, and then get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Utrecht, Grote Markt, Amsterdam City Tours
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Canals area ©
Canals area
Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

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