31 days in Holland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

31 days in Holland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

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31 days in Holland, Belgium & Paris Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
De Koog, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Alkmaar, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Haarlem, Holland
— 6 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Muiden, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Naarden, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Utrecht, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
8
Den Bosch, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Maastricht, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
11
Bruges, Belgium
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Cadzand, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Delft, Holland
— 1 day
train:  15​min
14
The Hague, Holland
— 1 night
train:  15​min
15
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
16
Rotterdam, Holland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
17
Paris, France
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

3
nights
De Koog, Holland

De Koog ©
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): learn about all things military at Marinemuseum, then meet the residents at Ecomare, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of de Hervormde kerk Den Hoorn Texel uit 1425, kick back and relax at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Texel, then tee off at Golfbaan De Texelse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sommeltjespad.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our De Koog trip builder tool .

Ottawa, Canada to De Koog is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to De Koog. When traveling from Ottawa in June, plan for a bit cooler days in De Koog, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alkmaar.

Things to do in De Koog

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Texel, Marinemuseum
Highlights from your plan
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Ecomare ©
Ecomare
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel

1
night
Alkmaar, Holland

Alkmaar ©
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): trek along Klimduin and then look for all kinds of wild species at Buitencentrum Schoorlse Duinen Schoorl.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Alkmaar trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from De Koog to Alkmaar takes 3.5 hours. In June in Alkmaar, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Haarlem on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Alkmaar

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Schoorl
Highlights from your plan
Klimduin ©
Klimduin

6
nights
Haarlem, Holland

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Explore hidden gems such as Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Strand van Wijk aan Zee. Family-friendly places like Zandvoort aan Zee and Teylers Museum will thrill your kids. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Kennemerduinen an der Nordsee. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, find something for the whole family at Linnaeushof, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Janskerk.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Haarlem trip itinerary planning app .

Haarlem is just a short distance from Alkmaar. In June, daytime highs in Haarlem are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Haarlem

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Zandvoort, Haarlemmermeerse Bos, Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland, Linnaeushof, Strand van Wijk aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©

1
night
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Ouderkerkerplas and then kick back and relax at Jagersplas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through The Jordaan, get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to Anne Frank House.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online itinerary builder .

Amsterdam is very close to Haarlem. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Muiden.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jagersplas, Ouderkerkerplas
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Muiden, Holland

Muiden ©
Muiden is a city and former municipality in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a stroll around Marken, examine the collection at The Clog Experience, go for a walk through Forteiland Pampus, explore the historical opulence of Muiden Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Muiderslot, and finally contemplate the long history of Original House of Marken.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Muiden tour itinerary site .

Muiden is very close to Amsterdam. In July in Muiden, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naarden.

Things to do in Muiden

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Marken
Highlights from your plan
Muiderslot ©
Muiderslot
Original House of Marken ©
Original House of Marken
Amsterdam City Tours ©
Amsterdam City Tours

1
night
Naarden, Holland

Naarden
Naarden is a city and former municipality in the Gooi region in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Naarden attractions planning tool .

Naarden is just a stone's throw from Muiden. In July in Naarden, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 7th (Sun), you're off toUtrecht.

Things to do in Naarden

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pandhof Domkerk, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum Speelklok, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area, then get engrossed in the history at DOMunder, then enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Utrecht trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Naarden to Utrecht in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Canals area ©
Canals area
Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower
Pandhof Domkerk ©
Pandhof Domkerk

1
night
Den Bosch, Holland

Den Bosch ©
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the striking features of St. John's Cathedral and then get in on the family fun at Efteling.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Den Bosch trip itinerary planning tool .

Den Bosch is very close to Utrecht. In July in Den Bosch, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Maastricht.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Efteling
Highlights from your plan
Efteling ©
Efteling
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

1
night
Maastricht, Holland

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Maastricht, contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then steep yourself in history at Helpoort, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, and finally putt your heart out at Golfcourse Het Rijk van Margraten.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Maastricht vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Maastricht sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Maastricht

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Netherlands American Cemetery, Golfcourse Het Rijk van Margraten
Highlights from your plan
Golfcourse Het Rijk van Margraten ©
Netherlands American Cemetery ©
Netherlands American Cemetery
Fort Sint Pieter ©
Fort Sint Pieter

2
nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, take a stroll through Patershol, get to know the fascinating history of Kraanlei, then browse the exhibits of Gravensteen Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sint-Michielskerk, and finally contemplate the long history of Graslei and Korenlei. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): make a trip to Graffiti Street, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen Nature Reserve, and finally snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ghent online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Ghent takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Ghent sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Graslei and Korenlei ©
Graslei and Korenlei

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Belfry of Bruges and De Panne Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Markt and Folklore Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bruges side-trips: Huisje van Majutte (in Blankenberge), Ostend (Raversyde, Museumschip Amandine, & more) and Zonnebeke (Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 & Tyne Cot Cemetery). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof), explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bruges day trip tool .

Bruges is very close to Ghent. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cadzand.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Ostend, Zonnebeke, Poperinge, Dodengang (Trench of Death)
Highlights from your plan
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

1
night
Cadzand, Holland

Cadzand ©
Cadzand is a town in the Dutch province of Zeeland. On the 19th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Strandkerk Dishoek, brush up on your military savvy at Bunkerverhalen Dishoek November '44, then take a stroll through Boulevard van Vlissingen, then enjoy the sand and surf at Badstrand, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Jacobskerk Vlissingen uit 1558.

You can plan Cadzand trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Bruges to Cadzand by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Cadzand are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Delft.

Things to do in Cadzand

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Vlissingen, Dishoek
Highlights from your plan
Boulevard van Vlissingen ©
Boulevard van Vlissingen
Badstrand ©
Badstrand
Bunkerverhalen Dishoek November '44 ©

1
day
Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Markt, examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then steep yourself in history at Old Church, and finally grab your bike and head to Natuur en recreatiegebied Broekpolder.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Delft road trip site .

You can drive from Cadzand to Delft in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Delft are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Delft

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Natuur en Recreatiegebied Broekpolder
Highlights from your plan
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk
Old Church ©
Old Church

1
night
The Hague, Holland

The Hague ©
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 21st (Sun): find something for the whole family at Madurodam and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hoek van Holland beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read The Hague tour itinerary planner .

The Hague is very close to Delft. In July in The Hague, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in The Hague

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hoek van Holland beach
Highlights from your plan
Hoek van Holland beach ©
Hoek van Holland beach
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Leiden attractions planning website .

Leiden is just a short distance from The Hague. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum De Lakenhal ©
Museum De Lakenhal

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then wander the streets of Kop van Zuid, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Kinderdijk, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rotterdam Zoo.

You can plan Rotterdam trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Rotterdam is just a short distance from Leiden. In July, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Trails

Side Trip

Kinderdijk
Highlights from your plan
Kinderdijk ©
Kinderdijk
Rotterdam Zoo ©
Rotterdam Zoo
Kop van Zuid ©
Kop van Zuid

1
night
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage, then admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and finally head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner .

Getting from Rotterdam to Paris by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Rotterdam in July, you will find days in Paris are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis

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