12 days in Holland, Italy & Brussels Itinerary

12 days in Holland, Italy & Brussels Itinerary

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12 days in Holland, Italy & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Cologne, Germany
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Maastricht, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Maastricht, Holland
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
5
Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
End: Maastricht, Holland


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2
nights
Maastricht, Holland

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
You've added Sphinxpassage, Market Square, City Sights Maastricht, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vrijthof.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Maastricht trip itinerary planning tool .

Cologne, Germany to Maastricht is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Maastricht

Tours Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Galerie MOA ©
Galerie MOA
Fort Sint Pieter ©
Fort Sint Pieter
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Atomium, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate (Musee du Cacao et du Chocolat).

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Brussels, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

2
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

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 Randy Roy's Redlight Tours, Amsterdam Boat Adventures, Albert Cuyp Market, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House capture your imagination. It doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Maastricht, Holland

Maastricht
For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Maastricht road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Maastricht takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for Rome on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Maastricht

Fun & Games Parks Nightlife

3
nights
Rome, Italy

Rome
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Forum of Augustus, Free Bike Tours Rome, Trastevere, and other attractions. Colosseum and Pantheon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican Museums will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Sebastiano al Palatino, take in panoramic vistas at Torre San Giovani, and delve into the distant past at Palatine Hill.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rome trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Maastricht to Rome in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, Rome is somewhat warmer than Maastricht - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Venice.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Vatican City
Highlights from your plan
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Colosseum ©
Colosseum

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours as well as Piazza San Marco. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Doge's Palace and Ponte dei Sospiri. Basilica di San Marco and Squero di San Trovaso are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande and snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Venice trip planner .

You can fly from Rome to Venice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rome, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Venice, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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