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Belgium Netherlands Iceland, August 2014 - itinerary opinions, please?

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Thanks to a number of Fodorites who are wonderfully experienced with Benelux/Iceland travel, we've developed the following tentative itinerary. We're experienced travelers, late 50's to mid 60's, fit, and prefer to plan our own trips and forge our own paths rather than participating in tours. The one exception we've decided to make here is that we are considering a Golden Circle Tour in Iceland and are looking for recommendations for specific companies who provide small group tours. We're basing this on the fact that we have such little time there, at the end of our trip, and wonder about the wisdom and/or hassle of renting a car to do this for the day. If anyone has advice to steer us in the other direction, please weigh in!

We also typically do some combination of train and car rental, but it seems like sticking exclusively with the rail system (and bikes whenever possible) is going to work best for us this trip.

Finally, this itinerary seemed to lend itself nicely to longer (apartment) stays in Bruges and Amsterdam with day trips from there. We have had many a trip through Europe where we stayed in a number of places for anywhere from 2-5 nights. We've found this much easier to do when driving about, but especially on our last trip began to tire of the baggage-on baggage-off hassles of train travel with luggage. Day trips from a home base sound lovely!

Here goes:

8/12 fly Boston (overnight) through Iceland to Brussels

8/13 land in Brussels, go directly to Bruges

8/13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Bruges apartment - this gives us 4 full days here, with day trips planned to Ghent and a bike to Damme, leaving 2 1/2 days to explore Bruges.

8/18 to Amsterdam via Antwerp, spending a good part of the day in Antwerp

8/18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Amsterdam apartment - 6 full days here, with day trips to Delft/Hague, Haarlem (and possibly Zandfort am Zee to get a glimpse of a seaside town), and possibly a long biking day traveling through Rotterdam to Kinderdijk. (We could potentially substitute this with Zaanse Schans) I've also read about other bike trips that sound wonderful...this will depend on time. Current plan leaves 3 full days in Amsterdam itself so we could be flexible with whether we add additional journeys out or enjoy the city to its fullest.

8/25 fly Amsterdam to Reykjavik

8/25, 26, 27 apartment in Reykjavik - perhaps see Blue Lagoon on the way into town from the airport, one day to explore Reykjavik, one devoted to the Golden Circle

8/28 return to Boston

our flight leaves at 10:30 a.m or so...Is it still doable to stay in Reykjavik and get a shuttle to the airport early in the morning or should we stay at an airport hotel? I know that might minimize the morning rush, but with only 2 days, really, in Reykjavik, I hate to lose that last night - though depending on what evenings are like in the city, maybe we'd be just as happy to be settled near the airport. Advice here is also welcome.

Thoughts? Doable? Suggestions regarding adjusting our time in each place, or things we may have left out?

As always, I don't know how I'd plan a trip without all of you.

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