16 days in Benelux Itinerary

16 days in Benelux Itinerary

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16 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: Lafayette, United States
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Kaatsheuvel, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Leuven, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Amsterdam, Holland
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Lafayette, United States

1
night
Kaatsheuvel, Holland

Kaatsheuvel ©
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. On the 19th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen and then get in on the family fun at Efteling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Rietveld Schroder House and then explore the striking landscape of National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kaatsheuvel tour itinerary planning site .

Lafayette, USA to Kaatsheuvel is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. When traveling from Lafayette in November, plan for much colder days in Kaatsheuvel, with highs around 50°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen, Rietveld Schroder House, Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen
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Efteling ©
Efteling
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen ©
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen

3
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Step off the beaten path and head to Belfry of Bruges and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 (in Zonnebeke), Ieper (Ypres) (Market Square & Saint Julien Memorial) and Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (in Poperinge). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Markt, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, trek along Bruges Art Route, and contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Bruges online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Bruges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bruges, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, STAM Ghent City Museum
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges
The Markt ©
The Markt

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beer Tastings & Tours and European Flight Simulator. Step out of Brussels to go to Mons and see St Symphorien Military Cemetery, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, examine the collection at Train World, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and admire the landmark architecture of Guild Houses.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Brussels tour planner .

You can take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Dijlepad, European Flight Simulator, St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
European Flight Simulator ©
European Flight Simulator
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

2
nights
Leuven, Belgium

Leuven ©
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the striking features of University Library & Bell Tower, appreciate the history behind Vallend paard, don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, then explore the historical opulence of Arenberg Castle, then steep yourself in history at Town Hall (Stadhuis), and finally admire the striking features of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Provinciaal Domein Kessel-Lo, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden Kruidtuin, and then browse the collection at Tweebronnen City Library.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leuven day trip planner.

Leuven is very close to Brussels. In November, daytime highs in Leuven are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Leuven

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Town Hall (Stadhuis) ©
Town Hall (Stadhuis)
Groot Begijnhof ©
Groot Begijnhof
Arenberg Castle ©
Arenberg Castle

5
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Beer Tastings & Tours. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Canals area in Utrecht, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, wander the streets of The Jordaan, don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, and examine the collection at Zaanse Schans.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam visit planner .

You can drive from Leuven to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Canals area
Highlights from your plan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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