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Flanders & Amsterdam Trails

Discover Amsterdam and Flanders self-driving

A fantastic 10-day trip through Flanders and the Netherlands at your leisure by hire car. As well as discovering Amsterdam and Brussels in depth, you’ll also spend the night in Belgium’s major cities of art: Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp. And as well as exploring these beautiful cities and their culture, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy the gastronomic delights that are typical of these regions, such as moules-frites (mussels and fries), beer and chocolate.


  • Get around by hire car at your leisure, very short distances!
  • Spend a couple of days in Brussels and discover the capital of Europe.
  • Two nights in Ghent, Flanders’ most authentic city of art.
  • One night in Bruges, where time seems to have come to a halt in the Middle Ages.
  • One night in Antwerp, Flanders’ main metropolis and diamond capital of the world.


  • 9 nights in the chosen accommodation
  • Return flights (tax included)
  • 7 days car rental

Tour suggestion

  • Day 1: Flight to Brussels.
  • Day 2: Brussels.
  • Day 3: Brussels-Ghent.
  • Day 4: Ghent.
  • Day 5: Ghent-Bruges.
  • Day 6: Bruges-Antwerp.
  • Day 7: Antwerp-Utrecht-Amsterdam.
  • Day 8: Amsterdam.
  • Day 9: Amsterdam-Breda-Brussels.
  • Day 10: Return flight from Brussels.

Your itinerary


Day 1: Flight to Brussels.

Arrive at your airport of origin 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your flight to Brussels. Check-in, boarding and departure to Belgium. On arrival, you’ll make your own way to the city centre (or this can be arranged for you). Check in at your selected hotel in Brussels and, depending on your arrival time, start to get to know the capital of Europe. Overnight in Brussels.


Day 2: Brussels.

Enjoy all of the day in Brussels, the city of art nouveau and comics, and the capital of Belgium and Europe. Its old neighbourhoods, rich cultural life, bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy Belgian cuisine, and its vibrant nightlife are reasons enough to visit! Don’t miss: The Grand Place surrounded by the Town Hall, the Breadhouse and guildhalls, and the famous “Manneken Pis” statue of a small urinating boy. The Belgian Comic Strip Center (home to the Smurfs, Lucky Luke and Tintin). The Royal District with its gothic Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, Sablon (antique shop district), the Royal Palace, the Parliament or National Palace and the Palace of Fine Arts. Night in Brussels. 0 km.


Day 3: Brussels-Ghent.

After breakfast, pick up your hire car so that you can discover some places of interest that are further away from the centre. For example, the district that is home to European institutions and Heysel, the location of the Atomium and the Mini-Europe Park. Also on the outskirts of the city is the famous Royal Museum for Central Africa, a testament to this small country’s imperial past. In the early afternoon, make the short trip to Ghent and check in to your hotel. Make the most of the evening by going out for a stroll and dinner in the charming old town. Night in Ghent. 60 km.


Day 4: Ghent.

Spend the whole day exploring this beautiful city. You’ll love the history and monuments of Ghent’s old town, the cathedral with its polyptych of the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” by the van Eyck brothers, the beautiful town houses in the old docks and the Castle of the Counts of Flanders. Night in Ghent. 0 km.


Day 5: Ghent-Bruges.

In the morning, you’ll leave Ghent for Bruges. It’s a half-hour journey so you’ll have most of the day to explore Bruges, a well-preserved medieval city where time seems to have come to a halt in the Middle Ages. Highly recommended are a boat trip along its canals and visits to Markt and Burg squares, the church with statues by Michelangelo, its museums and the famous béguinages, etc. Night in Bruges. 50 km.


Day 6: Bruges-Antwerp.

In the morning, make the short one-hour journey to Antwerp, the largest city in Flanders. You’ll have almost the whole day to explore the city and its magnificent cultural heritage (Grote Markt, town hall, cathedral, town houses, etc.). Antwerp also stands out for its art museums and, especially, its works by Rubens. You can visit his house and the city’s Gothic churches containing works of art. And, for a change, the huge port, the historic zoo and, of course, one of the diamond houses. Night in Antwerp. 100 km.


Day 7: Antwerp-Utrecht-Amsterdam.

First thing in the morning, you’ll head off to the Netherlands to discover Amsterdam. It’s a comfortable journey of 1 hour and 45 minutes by motorway if you want to spend most of the day exploring Amsterdam. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can make interesting stops on the way in places like Utrecht, which is noted for its magnificent cathedral and its charming old town. Check in to your hotel in Amsterdam and spend the remainder of the day exploring the city. Night in Amsterdam. 165 km.


Day 8: Amsterdam.

A full day’s sightseeing in this fascinating Dutch town with its beautiful city centre intersected by numerous canals, its many historic buildings and its interesting must-see monuments. For art lovers, the Rijks and Van Gogh museums are essential, world-class places to visit. Also notable is the atmosphere on the streets and curious places like the city’s red light district. Night in Amsterdam. 0 km.


Day 9: Amsterdam-Breda-Brussels.

Spend the day continuing to explore the sights of Amsterdam. When you want, head back to Brussels. On the way, you can stop off in the city of Breda, one of the most beautiful in the Netherlands, famous for its cathedral, old town and béguinages. The journey back to Brussels takes about 2 hours. Check in to your hotel and spend the night in Brussels. 210 km.


Day 10: Return flight from Brussels.

Before your flight home, make the most of your final day to finish off sightseeing and shopping in Brussels. When the time comes, you’ll return the hire car to the airport. Check in and fly to your destination airport. Arrival and end of the trip.

05 October 2015

 Un gran viaje, lo único que cambiaría es dos días en Brujas y uno en Gante, al revés que la oferta. Por lo demás, todo perfecto.

23 August 2014

Todo ha sido fantástico. Desde la primera toma de contacto con vosotros(agradabilísimas las personas que atendían las llamadas) hasta la rapidez en que contestabais a los correos para solventar dudas. Felicidades

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