33 days in Benelux Itinerary

33 days in Benelux Itinerary

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Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Maastricht
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dinant, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive
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Namur, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tournai, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Otterlo, The Netherlands
— 1 day
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Gouda, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
You've now added Basilica of St. Servatius to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Servatius, and then make a trip to Vrijthof. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Eglise Collegiale Notre-Dame, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Freyr, and then explore the historical opulence of Le Chateau de Lavaux Sainte-Anne.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Maastricht trip maker tool.

Chicago, USA to Maastricht is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Maastricht reach 71°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Dinant.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Dinant, Belgium

— 4 nights
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau fort de Bouillon, Parc de Furfooz, Abbaye d'Orval, and other attractions you added. Get out of town with these interesting Dinant side-trips: Maastricht (Basilica of Our Lady, Maastricht Underground, &more). It doesn't end there: Head underground at Domaine Des Grottes De Han.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dinant itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Dinant takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Namur.

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Namur, Belgium

— 2 nights
Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. Your list of things to see and do now includes Alden Biesen, le chateau medieval de Corroy le chareau, Tresor de Liege, and other attractions. On the 7th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sint-Genovevakerk, then admire the masterpieces at Tresor de Liege, and then make a trip to Alden Biesen. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Citadelle (Citadel) and then step into the grandiose world of le chateau medieval de Corroy le chareau.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Namur trip builder tool.

You can drive from Dinant to Namur in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Namur, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Namur

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 6 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Carolus Borromeus Church, Saint Paul's Church, and other attractions you added. Venture out of the city with trips to Antwerp (Antwerpen-Centraal & Cathedral of Our Lady). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, admire the striking features of Parc du Cinquantenaire, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brussels trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Namur to Brussels in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Brussels, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tournai.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Tournai, Belgium

— 2 nights
Tournai, known in Dutch as Doornik and historically as Dornick in English, is a Walloon municipality of Belgium, 85km southwest of Brussels on the river Scheldt. Your day by day itinerary now includes Église Saint-Jacques as well as Chateau des Princes de Ligne. On your second day here, meet the residents at Pairi Daiza, then admire the striking features of Église Saint-Jacques, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tournai trip maker tool.

Getting from Brussels to Tournai by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Tournai sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in Tournai

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Basilica of the Holy Blood. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Basilica of the Holy Blood, steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then see the interesting displays at Cathedrale Saint Sauveur de Bruges, and finally admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Ghent City Center and then take an in-depth tour of Gravensteen.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bruges trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Tournai to Bruges in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. You've added Het Bossche Kwartier, De Wonderlijke Klim, St. John's Cathedral, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of De Wonderlijke Klim, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Het Bossche Kwartier. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Heeswijk and then find something for the whole family at Efteling.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kaatsheuvel trip planner.

You can drive from Bruges to Kaatsheuvel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 3 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Den Haag, ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace).

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read The Hague travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kaatsheuvel to The Hague in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in The Hague sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Otterlo.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Otterlo, The Netherlands

— 1 day
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museum MORE as well as Paleispark Het Loo. On the 24th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum MORE, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Paleispark Het Loo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Otterlo trip planning website.

Getting from The Hague to Otterlo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gouda.

Things to do in Otterlo

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Gouda, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Gouda is a municipality and city in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. On the 25th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Janskerk.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gouda planner.

Traveling by car from Otterlo to Gouda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Gouda, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Gouda

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Jordaan, Dutch National Opera & Ballet and Food Tours. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gouda to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

Gelderland Province travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Zoos · Spas & Wellness