18 days in Benelux Itinerary

18 days in Benelux Itinerary

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18 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: Columbus, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Bastogne, Belgium
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
4
Schiermonnikoog, Holland
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
5
Groningen, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Terschelling, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
De Cocksdorp, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Utrecht, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Columbus, United States

1
day
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 11th (Thu), examine the collection at Rembrandt Molen van Sloten - Amsterdam / Kuiperijmuseum, then take a stroll through Amsterdam Canal Ring, and then stop by Van Stapele Koekmakerij.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip builder .

Columbus, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Columbus to Amsterdam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Columbus in June; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rembrandt Molen van Sloten - Amsterdam / Kuiperijmuseum
Highlights from your plan
Amsterdam Canal Ring ©
Amsterdam Canal Ring
Van Stapele Koekmakerij ©
Van Stapele Koekmakerij

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at De Haan beach, then brush up on your military savvy at For Freedom Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Walburgakerk, and finally stop by The Bottle Shop. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Provincial Domain Lippensgoed-Bulskampveld, then don't miss a visit to Saint Julien Memorial, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Maria Hendrikapark.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bastogne.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

De Haan beach, Maria Hendrikapark, For Freedom Museum, Saint Julien Memorial, Provincial Domain Lippensgoed-Bulskampveld
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Maria Hendrikapark ©
Maria Hendrikapark
For Freedom Museum ©
For Freedom Museum
Sint-Walburgakerk ©
Sint-Walburgakerk

2
nights
Bastogne, Belgium

Bastogne ©
Most travelers come to Bastogne for its touching war memorial and museum, built in honor of over 76,000 American soldiers who fought during the legendary Battle of the Bulge--one of the last German offensives in World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Reg Jans Battlefield Experience - Day Tours, then learn about all things military at Bastogne Barracks, then examine the collection at Bastogne War Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at The Domain of the Caves of Han, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bois de la Paix, and then brush up on your military savvy at 101 Airborne Museum Le Mess - Bastogne.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Bastogne trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Bruges to Bastogne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Schiermonnikoog.

Things to do in Bastogne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Domain of the Caves of Han
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Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Bastogne Barracks ©
Bastogne Barracks

1
night
Schiermonnikoog, Holland

Schiermonnikoog ©
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hike along Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad, take in the exciting artwork at Hijrre Pottenbakkerij, then don't miss a visit to Gallery Ogygia, then examine the collection at Shellmuseum, and finally make a trip to Vredenhof. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oosterstrand and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Schiermonnikoog trip maker .

Explore your travel options from Bastogne to Schiermonnikoog with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Schiermonnikoog can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Groningen.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog ©
Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog
Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad ©
Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad
Hijrre Pottenbakkerij ©
Hijrre Pottenbakkerij

2
nights
Groningen, Holland

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Stadhuis Groningen, look for gifts at De Kaaskop, see the interesting displays at Fraeylemaborg, then get engrossed in the history at Veenkoloniaal Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Brouwerij Martinus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Menkemaborg, see the interesting displays at Openluchtmuseum het Hoogeland, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Den Andel, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Erik Zwezerijnen, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie MooiMan.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Groningen sightseeing planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Schiermonnikoog to Groningen. Traveling from Schiermonnikoog in June, you will find days in Groningen are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are little chillier (50°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Terschelling.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Openluchtmuseum het Hoogeland, Menkemaborg, Fraeylemaborg, Veenkoloniaal Museum
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Fraeylemaborg ©
Fraeylemaborg
Openluchtmuseum het Hoogeland ©
Openluchtmuseum het Hoogeland
Veenkoloniaal Museum ©
Veenkoloniaal Museum

2
nights
Terschelling, Holland

Terschelling ©
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head off the coast to Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat, get lost in a book at Bibliotheek Terschelling, then stop by De Boekenboer, then examine the collection at Wrakkenmuseum, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Brandaris. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Sint Janskerk Hoorn Terschelling, then examine the collection at Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak, then get engrossed in the history at Museum 't Behouden Huys, and finally kick back and relax at Groene strand.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Terschelling online road trip planner .

You can drive from Groningen to Terschelling in 4 hours. Traveling from Groningen in June, you will find days in Terschelling are slightly colder (63°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to De Cocksdorp.

Things to do in Terschelling

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat ©
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat
Wrakkenmuseum ©
Wrakkenmuseum

3
nights
De Cocksdorp, Holland

De Cocksdorp ©
De Cocksdorp is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): look for gifts at Chocolaterie Smidt, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oudeschild, Texel, then learn about all things military at Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, then tee off at Golfbaan De Texelse, and then take in the exciting artwork at Eiland Galerij.

Plan my day in De Cocksdorp using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Terschelling to De Cocksdorp takes 4.5 hours. In June in De Cocksdorp, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in De Cocksdorp

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Texel, Oudeschild
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Golfbaan De Texelse ©
Golfbaan De Texelse
Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel ©
Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui ©

3
nights
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Here are some ideas for day two: stop by 't Kaaswinkeltje, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Honingen, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brouwerij de Molen, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Spakenburg Saturday Market.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Utrecht online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from De Cocksdorp to Utrecht in 3 hours. Traveling from De Cocksdorp in June, you will find days in Utrecht are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Gouda, Building A, Brouwerij de Molen, Kroondomein Het Loo, Castellum Hoge Woerd
Highlights from your plan
Castellum Hoge Woerd ©
Castellum Hoge Woerd
Kroondomein Het Loo ©
Kroondomein Het Loo
Gallery Honingen ©
Gallery Honingen

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