24 days in Benelux Itinerary

24 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands vacation maker

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Amsterdam
— 4 nights
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Schagen
— 2 nights
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Giethoorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Diever
— 1 night
Drive
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Assen
— 1 night
Drive
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Veenhuizen
— 1 night
Drive
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Apeldoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dieren
— 2 nights
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Maastricht
— 2 nights
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The Hague
— 5 nights
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Leiden
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Edam to see Speeltoren about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, explore the galleries of Anne Frank House, and have fun and explore at NEMO Science Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam online holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in July; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Schagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schagen

— 2 nights
Schagen is a city and municipality in the northwestern Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): experience the excitement of Sprookjeswonderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Kaeskoppenstad, kick back and relax at Strand Camperduin, and then kick back and relax at Callantsoog Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Schagen tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Amsterdam to Schagen in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Schagen are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Schagen

Parks · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

Giethoorn

— 1 night
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Museum Belvedere, then take in nature's colorful creations at De Orchideeen Hoeve, and finally examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Giethoorn trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Schagen to Giethoorn takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Diever.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Diever

— 1 night
Diever is a village in the Dutch province of Drenthe. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Thee Huys, then identify plant and animal life at Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld, then identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Holtingerveld, and finally contemplate the long history of Onderduikershol Diever.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Diever road trip planner.

You can drive from Giethoorn to Diever in an hour. July in Diever sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Assen.

Things to do in Diever

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Assen

— 1 night
Assen is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands, and is the capital of the province of Drenthe. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): join the crowd at TT Races, don't miss a visit to Galerie Wildevuur, then find something for the whole family at Drouwenerzand Attractiepark, and finally make a trip to Jacobuskerk.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Assen online trip maker.

You can drive from Diever to Assen in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Assen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Veenhuizen.

Things to do in Assen

Theme Parks

Side Trips

Veenhuizen

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum), steep yourself in history at Havezate Mensinge, then don't miss a visit to Kaaslust, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brewery Maallust.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Veenhuizen online driving holiday planner.

Veenhuizen is just a short distance from Assen. In July, daily temperatures in Veenhuizen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Apeldoorn.

Things to do in Veenhuizen

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trip

Apeldoorn

— 2 nights
Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hoge Veluwe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, then stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Natuurmonumenten-route Planken Wambuis.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Apeldoorn online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Veenhuizen to Apeldoorn takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Apeldoorn are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Dieren.

Things to do in Apeldoorn

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dieren

— 2 nights
Dieren is a town in the eastern Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hike along Nationaal Park Veluwezoom. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Doesburger Grotekerk of Martinikerk, explore the world behind art at Lalique Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Rosendael, then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Huis Bergh, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Uitkijktoren Hulzenberg.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dieren online trip planner.

Dieren is just a stone's throw from Apeldoorn. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Maastricht.

Things to do in Dieren

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Maastricht

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Beeldentuin Maastricht, explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Fort Sint Pieter, then Head underground at Maastricht Underground, and finally make a trip to Vrijthof. On your second day here, make a trip to Market Square, admire nature's wide array of creatures at GaiaZOO, then don't miss a visit to Cesart, and finally go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Maastricht journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Dieren to Maastricht takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Maastricht are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to The Hague.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

The Hague

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near The Hague: Rotterdam (Markthal & Euromast) and Efteling (in Kaatsheuvel). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to City Hall, take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the The Hague vacation tool.

You can drive from Maastricht to The Hague in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Maastricht in August: highs in The Hague hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Leiden.

Things to do in The Hague

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Leiden

— 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
On the 10th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Tikibad. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to De Burcht, take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus botanicus Leiden, then see the interesting displays at Molenmuseum de Valk, and finally get in on the family fun at Duinrell Amusement Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Leiden online itinerary planner.

Leiden is just a stone's throw from The Hague. In August, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leiden

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Drenthe Province travel guide

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Zoos · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites