12 days in The Netherlands, Portugal & Brussels Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands, Portugal & Brussels Itinerary

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12 days in The Netherlands, Portugal & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Breda, The Netherlands
Drive:  1 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  2 h
2
Breda, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Figueira da Foz, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
7
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
— Few hours
Train:  45 min
End: Breda, The Netherlands

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Amsterdam Light Festival, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Van Gogh Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden and Torture Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam journey maker website .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Breda.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Events

Side Trip

Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden
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Torture Museum ©
Torture Museum
Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden ©
Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ©
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

1
night
Breda, The Netherlands

Breda
Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Breda online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Breda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Breda sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), you're off toBrussels.

Things to do in Breda

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon has been added to your itinerary. Abbaye de Villers and La Bourse de Bruxelles will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Buuren Museum and Art & History Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Begijnhof in Kortrijk (about 1h 10 min away). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Sonian Forest and make a trip to Eglise Saint Gilles.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Breda to Brussels in 1.5 hours. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Abbaye de Villers, Begijnhof
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Eglise Saint Gilles ©
Eglise Saint Gilles
Abbaye de Villers ©
Abbaye de Villers
Begijnhof ©
Begijnhof

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), explore the historical opulence of Palacio Nacional de Mafra, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquario Vasco da Gama. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Museu de Marinha, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, then examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

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Traveling by flight from Brussels to Lisbon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in December, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Figueira da Foz.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Palacio Nacional de Mafra
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Palacio Nacional de Mafra ©
Palacio Nacional de Mafra
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

1
night
Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Figueira da Foz ©
Figueira da Foz, also known as Figueira for short, is a city and a municipality in the Coimbra District, in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Santos Rocha Municipal Museum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Figueira da Foz trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Figueira da Foz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Figueira da Foz

Museums
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Santos Rocha Municipal Museum ©
Santos Rocha Municipal Museum

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 2nd (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Farol Molhe do Douro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue Kadoorie - Mekor Haim, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, then admire the masterpieces at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Trindade.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip planner .

You can drive from Figueira da Foz to Porto in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Porto are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Eindhoven.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira
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Synagogue Kadoorie - Mekor Haim ©
Synagogue Kadoorie - Mekor Haim
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso ©
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

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hours
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Eindhoven ©
The capital of Dutch industrial design, Eindhoven is known as the "City of Light." This is thanks to the technology company, Phillips, which has its base here and hosts many light projects in buildings around the city.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stop by Urban Shopper, then get your game on at Enversed VR Center, then explore the galleries of Salon Nune Ville, and finally don't miss a visit to Silly Walks Tunnel.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Eindhoven trip planning website .

Getting from Porto to Eindhoven by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Eindhoven. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Porto in January; daily highs in Eindhoven reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Shopping Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Salon Nune Ville
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Urban Shopper ©
Urban Shopper
Salon Nune Ville ©
Salon Nune Ville
Enversed VR Center ©
Enversed VR Center

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