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Highlights of the Low Countries

8 Days / 7 Nights

Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels

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If you're keen on discovering the treasures of the Low Countries, this one-week itinerary is the perfect introduction to the Netherlands and Belgium. Starting in Amsterdam, this trip will initiate you into the magic of the Dutch capital, a city characterized by remarkable diversity and known for its culinary delights. You'll then enter the realm of fairytales in magical Bruges and its UNESCO-listed medieval heart before ending your journey in the multicultural wonder that is Brussels on a sweet note - world-renowned waffles and pralines.

One of our team members in Benelux will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival, we will provide you with a local SIM card or e-SIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Amsterdam, Bruges, Brussels tour

3 Nights in Amsterdam

3 Nights in Amsterdam

4 days in Amsterdam
4 days in Amsterdam

3 Nights in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is dubbed the Venice of the North, and for good reason. Spanning more than 60 miles, the city’s 165 canals define Amsterdam and provide the perfect backdrop to the iconic 16th century buildings that seem to be floating sleepily on the calm waters. Art is central to Amsterdam’s cultural identity, as the city’s museums are abundant in masterpieces by Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and several other geniuses of Dutch painting. Traditionally a bike-friendly city and with a mind to ensure a relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors alike, Amsterdam never stops improving and expanding its cycling infrastructure and facilities.

Amsterdam is dubbed the Venice of the North, and for good reason. Spanning more than 60 miles, the city’s 165 canals define Amsterdam and provide the perfect backdrop to the iconic 16th century buildings that seem to be floating sleepily on the calm waters. Art is central to Amsterdam’s cultural identity, as the city’s museums are abundant in masterpieces by Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and several other geniuses of Dutch painting. Traditionally a bike-friendly city and with a mind to ensure a relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors alike, Amsterdam never stops improving and expanding its cycling infrastructure and facilities.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam! A driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your centrally located accommodation. The drive to the city center takes about 30 minutes.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Small Group Walking Tour

A Stroll Through Amsterdam

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are joining an incredible small-group tour of Amsterdam. Led by a knowledgeable guide, this tour will take you on a fascinating journey into the history of the Dutch capital. You will learn how a muddy village on the Amstel River became the exciting city that it is today. During your walk around Amsterdam, you will be amazed by the city's diversity. From the infamous tales of prostitution and drug decriminalization to Anne Frank's tragic story and the Nazi occupation, all of Amsterdam's secrets are about to unfold before your eyes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Amsterdam

The Jordaan Dutch Food Tour, Small Group Experience

Amsterdam For Foodies

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

A culinary trip through Amsterdam is the best way to know the Dutch capital in depth. Alongside Dutch staples, such as bitterballen (meatballs) and pannenkoeken (pancakes), Amsterdam is also famous for its international food scene. Among the many ethnic cuisines you can try in this multicultural city, Indonesian stands out due to the Asian country's ties with the Netherlands - Indonesia was a Dutch colony. When it comes to dessert, you can't leave Amsterdam without trying the delicious local apple pie. For beer lovers, Amsterdam is the best place to learn the history of one of the world's most famous beers: Heineken.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Bruges by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Amsterdam and take you to Bruges. On the way, you will enjoy a two-hour stop in Antwerp, the so-called Diamond Capital of the World, with one of the most important ports in Europe. The journey lasts about five and a half hours, including the stop in Antwerp.

Bruges by Private Transfer with a 2-Hour Stop in Antwerp
We also offer the following excursions in Amsterdam

Amsterdam City Highlights Private Tour
Light4 hours
Amsterdam Evening Canal Group Cruise
Easy1 hour
Amsterdam Private Boat Experience
Easy1 hour and 30 minutes
Amsterdam by Bike Private Tour
Moderate3 hours

2 Nights in Bruges

2 Nights in Bruges

3 days in Bruges
3 days in Bruges

2 Nights in Bruges

Despite its small size, Bruges is a city of wonders where divine beauty coexists with the mundane pleasures of exquisite chocolate and locally brewed beer. In the Middle Ages, Bruges was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. This splendor is evident in Bruges’ sophisticated architecture that features magnificent buildings with unique ornamental elements, such as golden figures and countless turrets. Wandering around the cobblestone lanes of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world feels like a journey into the past. Back in the present, the city’s peaceful canals mirror the unfathomable beauty of Bruges, capturing it in what seems to be an eternal moment.

Despite its small size, Bruges is a city of wonders where divine beauty coexists with the mundane pleasures of exquisite chocolate and locally brewed beer. In the Middle Ages, Bruges was one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. This splendor is evident in Bruges’ sophisticated architecture that features magnificent buildings with unique ornamental elements, such as golden figures and countless turrets. Wandering around the cobblestone lanes of one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the world feels like a journey into the past. Back in the present, the city’s peaceful canals mirror the unfathomable beauty of Bruges, capturing it in what seems to be an eternal moment.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Bruges

Upon arrival in Brussels, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

World Heritage in Bruges Private Walking Tour

Wandering Around The Medieval Heart of Bruges

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you are exploring the picture-perfect Bruges, a city that has been awarded Unesco World Heritage Site status for its unique medieval architecture that's heavily influenced by the commercial and cultural activity the city witnessed in the past. During this two-hour walking tour across the medieval streets and alleys of the Old Town, you will discover world-famous attractions, such as the Lake of Love, the Beguinage, the Church of Our Lady, the canals, the Burg Square with the Town Hall, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Market Square with its Belfry.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Bruges

Flanders Fields Battlefield Small Group Tour

A Journey into Belgium's History

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

For your second day in Bruges, we recommend taking a day trip to the surrounding countryside and nearby towns of the Flanders region. Dotted with fairytale-like towns and graced with gorgeous landscapes, this region is also abundant in remnants of the country's troubled past. During this tour, you will visit restored trenches, bunkers, and WWI battlefields, before making your way to quaint Ypres, a beautiful medieval town that was completely rebuilt after its destruction during the First World War.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Brussels by Private Transfer

A driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Bruges and take you to Brussels. On the way, you will make a 2-hour stop in Ghent, one of Belgium’s oldest cities and the historic capital of Flanders. The duration of the journey is about three hours, including the stop in Ghent.

We also offer the following excursions in Bruges

Belgian Chocolate Workshop Group Experience
Easy2 hours 30 minutes
Waffle Workshop Group Experience
Easy1 hour and 30 minutes

2 Nights in Brussels

2 Nights in Brussels

3 days in Brussels
3 days in Brussels

2 Nights in Brussels

The birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, and several other famous comic strip characters, Brussels is also the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and the ultimate symbol of the European Union. Home to over 80 museums of all shapes and sizes and for all tastes, the multifaceted capital of Belgium is a laid-back multicultural city with an inescapably authentic and irresistibly quirky character, where the flavors of chocolate, beer, and fried mussels come together to create the city’s mesmerizing scent. Conveniently located between London and Paris, Brussels has always been a hub for international artists and the perfect starting point for a trip across Belgium and beyond.

The birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs, and several other famous comic strip characters, Brussels is also the capital of Art Nouveau architecture and the ultimate symbol of the European Union. Home to over 80 museums of all shapes and sizes and for all tastes, the multifaceted capital of Belgium is a laid-back multicultural city with an inescapably authentic and irresistibly quirky character, where the flavors of chocolate, beer, and fried mussels come together to create the city’s mesmerizing scent. Conveniently located between London and Paris, Brussels has always been a hub for international artists and the perfect starting point for a trip across Belgium and beyond.

Day 6

Day 6 - Arrival in Brussels

Upon arrival in Brussels, your driver will take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Highlights of Brussels Private Walking Tour

The Best of Brussels in a Day

Included in your vacation package price.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours, 45 minutes

Day 7

Day 7 - Your First Full Day in Brussels

Delicious Brussels

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

It may come as a surprise but, apart from all its other charms, Brussels is also a unique culinary destination. This uniqueness doesn't stem from fine dining or gourmet dishes though. Brussels is all about hearty, comfort food and simple yet unparalleled pleasures. For instance, in Brussels, you can try the best pommes frites in Europe. Belgian fries are literally unique and the same goes for the delicious sauces they're topped with. Moreover, Brussels is renowned for its fried mussels. When it comes to dessert, you can never say no to a fluffy Belgian waffle nor is it possible to resist the superb handmade chocolates you'll find displayed all over the city. Last but not least, no trip to Brussels is complete without a journey into the Belgian beer culture. A special mention should be made to Belgium's Trappist beer, which is brewed by Trappist monks. During your stay in Brussels, you can delve into the city's gastronomy on your own. Yet, for a more immersive experience, consider joining special-themed tours, focusing on chocolate, waffles, or beer.

Belgian Chocolate Workshop Group Experience

Belgian Chocolate Workshop Group Experience

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Become a real Belgian chocolate maker in just two and a half hours and learn how to make delicious treats under the guidance of a local artisan.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Waffle Workshop Group Experience

Waffle Workshop Group Experience

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Learn how to prepare the famous delicious Belgian waffles, Brussels-style, and eat as many of them as you can! This activity is especially fun for families.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

We also offer the following excursions in Brussels

Antwerp, City of Art & Fashion Private Day Trip
Light9 hours
Art Nouveau Architecture in Brussels Private Walking Tour
Light2 hours
Beer Tasting Group Experience
Easy1 hour and 15 minutes
Beer and Chocolate Group Tour
Easy4 hours and 30 minutes

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Amsterdam

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Schiphol Airport Transfer
Amsterdam Small Group Walking Tour
Amsterdam - Bruges Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in Antwerp

Bruges

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
World Heritage in Bruges Private Tour
Bruges - Brussels Private Transfer with 2 hours stop in Ghent

Brussels

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Highlights of Brussels Private Walking Tour
Brussels Airport Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language

We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.

A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation

Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.

A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.

Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out

Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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