32 days in Benelux Itinerary

32 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands trip itinerary builder

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Amsterdam
— 4 nights
Drive
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Schagen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lelystad
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Giethoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ruinen
— 3 nights
Drive
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The Hague
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maastricht
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dieren
— 3 nights
Drive
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Apeldoorn
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Alkmaar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rotterdam
— 1 night
Drive
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Schiphol
— 1 night
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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.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and get curious at NEMO Science Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In July, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Schagen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Schagen

— 3 nights
Schagen is a city and municipality in the northwestern Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Landgoed Hoenderdaell, then cruise along Afsluitdijk, and then steep yourself in history at Vlietermonument. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at De Helderse Vallei and then learn about all things military at Marinemuseum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Schagen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Schagen takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lelystad.

Things to do in Schagen

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lelystad

— 2 nights
Lelystad is a municipality and a city in the centre of the Netherlands, and it is the capital of the province of Flevoland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): step aboard V.O.C. Ship Batavia, step aboard Batavialand, and then get some fabulous bargains at Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Aviation Museum (Aviodrome), then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolfinarium, and then get engrossed in the history at Stadsmuseum Harderwijk.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Lelystad trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Schagen to Lelystad in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lelystad can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Lelystad

Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Giethoorn

— 2 nights
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. On the 29th (Thu), get outside with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then admire the natural beauty at De Orchideeen Hoeve, then get to know the fascinating history of Rijksmonument Waterpoort Sneek uit 1613, and finally see the interesting displays at Fries Scheepvaart Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, look for gifts at Lekkers & Zo, contemplate the long history of UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, then engage your brain at Eise Eisinga Planetarium, and finally make a trip to Korendragershuisje.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Giethoorn online visit planner.

Getting from Lelystad to Giethoorn by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Giethoorn are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for Ruinen.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Ruinen

— 3 nights
Ruinen is a village in the Dutch province of Drenthe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ruinen: Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen (in Emmen), Tt Circuit Assen (in Assen) and Slagharen (in Slagharen). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld and steep yourself in history at Kamp Westerbork.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ruinen road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Ruinen takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to The Hague.

Things to do in Ruinen

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

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.
The Hague is known for museums, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), find something for the whole family at Madurodam, make a trip to De Pier Scheveningen, and admire the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the The Hague trip planner.

Getting from Ruinen to The Hague by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in The Hague are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Maastricht.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Maastricht

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maastricht: Attractiepark Toverland (in Sevenum), GaiaZOO (in Kerkrade) and Designer Outlet Roermond (in Roermond). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cesart, take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen, steep yourself in history at Fort Sint Pieter, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kasteeltuin Oud-Valkenburg.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Maastricht trip planning tool.

You can drive from The Hague to Maastricht in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dieren.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dieren

— 3 nights
Dieren is a town in the eastern Netherlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dieren: Uitkijktoren Hulzenberg (in Beek Gem Montferland) and Kasteel Huis Bergh (in 's-Heerenberg). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Veluwezoom. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Toy Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Rosendael, explore the different monuments and memorials at Nationaal Ereveld Loenen, and see the interesting displays at Lalique Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dieren trip planner.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Dieren takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Dieren are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Apeldoorn.

Things to do in Dieren

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Apeldoorn

— 3 nights
Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
Take a break from Apeldoorn with a short trip to Stadhuis van Deventer in Deventer, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Hoge Veluwe National Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Paleis Het Loo, don't miss a visit to The Man with the two hats, and get to know the resident critters at Apenheul.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Apeldoorn trip itinerary builder.

Apeldoorn is just a stone's throw from Dieren. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Alkmaar.

Things to do in Apeldoorn

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Alkmaar

— 3 nights
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Change things up with these side-trips from Alkmaar: Edam (Kaaswaag Edam, Edam Cheese market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Kaeskoppenstad, pause for some serene contemplation at Nederlands Hervormde Kerk De Rijp uit 1655, kick back and relax at Strand Egmond aan Zee, and examine the collection at Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Alkmaar tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Apeldoorn to Alkmaar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Alkmaar can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Alkmaar

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rotterdam

— 1 night

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip maker website.

You can drive from Alkmaar to Rotterdam in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off to Schiphol.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Schiphol

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Art Deco Watertoren van Aalsmeer uit 1928, experience rural life at Clara Maria Cheese & Clog Farm, stop by Stadshart Amstelveen, then see the interesting displays at Rembrandt Molen van Sloten - Amsterdam / Kuiperijmuseum, and finally get great views at The Panorama Terrace.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Schiphol journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Schiphol takes an hour. August in Schiphol sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Schiphol

Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips