17 days in Benelux Itinerary

17 days in Benelux Itinerary

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17 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: Fort Worth, United States
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
1
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Koksijde Bad, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Rotterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
De Koog, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Fort Worth, United States

2
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.
On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Grand Place, appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then see the interesting displays at MIM - Musical Instruments Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Atomium. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum, and then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels sightseeing planning tool .

Fort Worth, USA to Brussels is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Fort Worth to Brussels due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Worth in March, expect nights in Brussels to be slightly colder, around 35°F, while days are cooler, around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, then contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at De Halve Maan Brewery.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Brussels to Bruges by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bruges are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koksijde Bad.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum ©
Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

1
night
Koksijde Bad, Belgium

Koksijde Bad ©
You've now added Museum Paul Delvaux to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Beauvoorde Castle and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Paul Delvaux.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koksijde Bad planning app .

Drive from Bruges to Koksijde Bad in an hour. March in Koksijde Bad sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Koksijde Bad

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum Paul Delvaux, Kasteel Beauvoorde
Highlights from your plan
Museum Paul Delvaux ©
Museum Paul Delvaux
Kasteel Beauvoorde ©
Kasteel Beauvoorde

1
day
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Ieper (Ypres) ©
Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
You've now added Sanctuary Wood to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sanctuary Wood, then don't miss a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, and finally steep yourself in history at Hill 60.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ieper (Ypres) trip tool .

Traveling by car from Koksijde Bad to Ieper (Ypres) takes an hour. In March, daytime highs in Ieper (Ypres) are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Zonnebeke
Highlights from your plan
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 ©
Hill 60 ©
Hill 60

2
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Belgian Comic Strip Center, Grand Casino Brussels - Viage and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the galleries of Belgian Comic Strip Center, see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and then try your luck at Grand Casino Brussels - Viage.

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

Traveling by car from Ieper (Ypres) to Brussels takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Fun & Games Casinos
Highlights from your plan
Horta Museum (Musee Horta) ©
Horta Museum (Musee Horta)
Belgian Comic Strip Center ©
Belgian Comic Strip Center

2
nights
Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam ©
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.
You've now added Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) and then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, then kick back and relax at Scheveningen beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Brussels to Rotterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Hague, Nieuwe Kerk
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag

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.
Dampkring Coffeeshop has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then look for gifts at Dampkring Coffeeshop, and then take a stroll through The Jordaan. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip maker site .

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Another option is to drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Koog.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam ©
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

2
nights
De Koog, Holland

De Koog ©
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, don't miss a visit to Lighthouse Texel, and then stroll through Sommeltjespad.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the De Koog travel planner .

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Amsterdam to De Koog in 4.5 hours. March in De Koog sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in De Koog

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Texel
Highlights from your plan
Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora ©
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel
Sommeltjespad ©
Sommeltjespad

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Red Light District and then explore the galleries of Anne Frank House.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam holiday website .

Do a combination of ferry and train from De Koog to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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