17 days in Benelux Itinerary

17 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands holiday planner

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Maastricht
— 2 nights
Drive
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Den Bosch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Apeldoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
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The Hague
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam
— 8 nights

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Maastricht

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hoensbroek Castle, stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michaelskerk (Abbey Church), explore the world behind art at Bonnefanten Museum, steep yourself in history at Helpoort, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie MOA, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Maastricht day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Maastricht Aachen Airport and Eindhoven Airport. In May in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Den Bosch

— 2 nights
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
On the 14th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Het Bossche Broek, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Heeswijk, and then contemplate the long history of Brabant Historical Information Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Nationaal Monument Kamp Vught, then steep yourself in history at De Wonderlijke Klim, and then hike along Natuurgebied De Moerputten.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Den Bosch road trip planning website.

You can drive from Maastricht to Den Bosch in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Apeldoorn.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Apeldoorn

— 2 nights
Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Veluwsche Stoomtrein Maatschappij, then explore the world behind art at Huis te Ruurlo, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Warmelo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle and gardens Twickel. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Arnhem War Museum, learn more about the world around you at Museonder, explore the world behind art at 't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn, then steep yourself in history at Koppelpoort, and finally contemplate the long history of Muurhuizen.

Before you visit Apeldoorn, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Den Bosch to Apeldoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Apeldoorn sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Apeldoorn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

The Hague

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Molenmuseum de Valk, explore the world behind art at De Mesdag Collection, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Garden, and finally trek along Landgoed Clingendael. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Het Keringhuis, examine the collection at Jenever Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church, and finally shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

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

Traveling by car from Apeldoorn to The Hague takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Apeldoorn in May: highs in The Hague hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Amsterdam

— 8 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Let the collections at Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rijksmuseum and Canals area. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Haarlem (De Vishal & Grote Markt), Johanneskerk uit 1521 (in Laren) and Zuiderzeemuseum (in Enkhuizen). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Tassenmuseum Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Moco Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Herengracht, and admire the striking features of Portuguese Synagogue.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Amsterdam day trip site.

Getting from The Hague to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips