16 days in Benelux Itinerary

16 days in Benelux Itinerary

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Kortrijk, Belgium
— 1 night
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night

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Kortrijk, Belgium

— 1 night
Kortrijk is a Belgian city and municipality in the Flemish province of West Flanders.It is the capital and largest city of the judicial and administrative arrondissement of Kortrijk. Your day by day itinerary now includes Saint Anthony's Church and Lourdes Cave. On the 27th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Anthony's Church and Lourdes Cave.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kortrijk vacation builder tool.

Brussels to Kortrijk is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a train. In April in Kortrijk, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Kortrijk

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Belfry of Bruges has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Annakerk (St Anne's Church). On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Adornesdomein & Jeruzalemkerk and then take an in-depth tour of Groeningemuseum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Bruges travel planner.

Getting from Kortrijk to Bruges by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bruges are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums

Ghent, Belgium

— 2 nights
Ghent melds the fairy tale-like beauty of Bruges with its stunning Flemish architecture, while at the same time supporting a vibrant cafe and bar scene.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at STAM Ghent City Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Kraanlei, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent travel route app.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums · Historic Sites

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, see the interesting displays at Museum Mayer van den Bergh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carolus Borromeus Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Rockoxhuis. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof Lier, then see the interesting displays at Kazerne Dossin, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cogels Osylei.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp holiday planner.

Drive from Ghent to Antwerp in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Antwerp are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basiliek H.H. Agatha en Barbara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Janskerk, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, and finally see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, catch some excitement at Dordrechts Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthal Rotterdam, and finally get engrossed in the history at Wereldmuseum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Rotterdam online journey planner.

You can drive from Antwerp to Rotterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Canals area and Singer Laren Museum, Theatre and Sculpture Garden. Dom Tower and St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Koppelpoort in Amersfoort (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), get engrossed in the history at Museum Catharijneconvent, admire the masterpieces at Centraal Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Slot Zuylen.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Utrecht using our trip planner.

Drive from Rotterdam to Utrecht in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Panorama Mesdag, examine the collection at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then see the interesting displays at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, then explore the world behind art at Museum Paul Tetar van Elven, and finally examine the collection at Het Keringhuis.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the The Hague day trip site.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Leiden.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Leiden, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Keukenhof, then see the interesting displays at Atlantikwall Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Duivenvoorde, and finally see the interesting displays at Sieboldhuis. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at The Flower Bulb Region, make a trip to Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum De Lakenhal.

To find out how to plan a trip to Leiden, use our trip itinerary maker.

Leiden is just a stone's throw from The Hague. In May, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam day trip planning site.

You can drive from Leiden to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Historic Sites · Museums