I am going to be flying into Brussels in August and would like suggestions on an itinerary. I would like to see as much as possible, as it has really been a struggle for me to get over to this area. That, and based on past travels, I enjoy skipping around vs. staying in one place for too long. I find that 1-2 days, depending on the city, is enough for me. That being said, I am considering the following itinerary....
Day 1 - Leave 7:30pm
Day 2 - Arrive 12pm - Brussels
Day 3 - Bruges
Day 4 - Amsterdam
Day 5 - Amsterdam
Day 6 - Paris
Day 7 - Paris
Day 8 - England
Day 9 - England
Day 10 - Leave Brussels 11am
I have a friend who lived in the Netherlands for a couple years and she suggested this itinerary:
Day 1: Leave 7:30pm EST
Day 2-3: Brussles
Day 3: Ghent BEAUTIFUL & on the way to Brugge
Day 3-4: Brugge
Day 4-5: Brugge-Paris (Faster to go there then all the way up to Amsterdam right away)
Day 6-8: Paris-Amsterdam (they have really direct train rides that I believe are pretty cheap in comparison of going from Belgium (you never know but that was always my experience of feeling like getting ripped off to go from Belgium up to Amsterdam)
Day 8-10: Amsterdam-England (Amsterdam has a high speed train around 100 usd to go through entire Netherlands, down through Belgium again and direct to England).
I am likely not going to go to many/if any museums and more interested in walking around the cities, going into cafes/shops and seeing landmarks.
Also, while in England, I would like to take one day to do a day tour of Stonehenge/Bath/Cotswolds. This is, I believe, a 12 hour tour, so would take the full day, but I would prefer seeing the countryside, at this time, over the city itself, so I am aware of the trade off, in regards to that decision.