37 days in Benelux Itinerary

37 days in Benelux Itinerary

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37 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 45​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Haarlem, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Leiden, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
The Hague, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Delft, Holland
— 1 night
train:  30​min
6
Rotterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Utrecht, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
9
Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Maastricht, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
11
Liege, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
13
Namur, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Mons, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
16
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
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 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) and Red Light District. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and hunt for treasures at Albert Cuyp Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam tour planner .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Amsterdam is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cluj-Napoca, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Amsterdam, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Haarlem, Holland

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Haarlemmerhout, Teylers Museum, Amsterdamse Poort, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Molen De Adriaan Museum. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Haarlemmerhout, then see the interesting displays at Teylers Museum, then explore the world behind art at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, and finally don't miss a visit to Amsterdamse Poort.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Haarlem day trip planning app .

Haarlem is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Leiden.

Things to do in Haarlem

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©

1
night
Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Keukenhof, Molenmuseum de Valk and National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), see the interesting displays at Molenmuseum de Valk, and then admire the natural beauty at Keukenhof.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Leiden trip itinerary maker app .

Leiden is very close to Haarlem. In September, daytime highs in Leiden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Keukenhof
Highlights from your plan
Molenmuseum de Valk ©
Molenmuseum de Valk
Keukenhof ©
Keukenhof

3
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Madurodam, Japanese Garden, International Criminal Court, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, explore the world behind art at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, and see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace).

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our The Hague planner .

The Hague is just a short distance from Leiden. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Delft.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

1
night
Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, explore the world behind art at Vermeer Centrum Delft, see the interesting displays at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, then admire the landmark architecture of Old Church, and finally make a trip to Markt.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Delft trip itinerary planner .

Delft is just a stone's throw from The Hague. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Delft

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Church ©
Old Church
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

2
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Delfshaven, World Heritage Kinderdijk, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum Rotterdam, admire the masterpieces at Chabot Museum, then examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, and finally make a trip to Delfshaven. On the next day, explore the galleries of World Heritage Kinderdijk, snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Euromast, and finally examine the collection at Kijk-Kubus.

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Rotterdam is just a stone's throw from Delft. In September in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

World Heritage Kinderdijk
Highlights from your plan
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ©
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Euromast ©
Euromast
Erasmus Bridge ©
Erasmus Bridge

2
nights
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canals area, Kasteel de Haar and Hoge Veluwe National Park. On the 15th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hoge Veluwe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar and then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Utrecht trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. September in Utrecht sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Utrecht

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hoge Veluwe National Park, Kasteel de Haar
Highlights from your plan
Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Canals area ©
Canals area
Kasteel de Haar ©
Kasteel de Haar

2
nights
Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
You've now added Museum Mayer van den Bergh to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum Mayer van den Bergh, then examine the collection at Red Star Line Museum, then see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cogels Osylei.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Antwerp visit planning website .

You can drive from Utrecht to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antwerp are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Mechelen.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom ©
MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
Cathedral of Our Lady ©
Cathedral of Our Lady
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) ©
Rubens House (Rubenshuis)

4
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
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 Mont des Arts, Magritte Museum and Royal Palace of Brussels. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, examine the collection at Belgian Comic Strip Center, and make a trip to Atomium.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels trip builder website .

Getting from Antwerp to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Maastricht.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe

1
night
Maastricht, Holland

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
You've now added Sint-Lambertuskerk to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, make a trip to Saint Servaasbridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Servatius, and finally don't miss a visit to Sint-Lambertuskerk.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Maastricht online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Brussels to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Liege.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of St. Servatius ©
Basilica of St. Servatius
Saint Servaasbridge ©
Saint Servaasbridge
Sint-Lambertuskerk ©
Sint-Lambertuskerk

2
nights
Liege, Belgium

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Curtius Museum, Chateau de Franchimont, Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town of Durbuy, delve into the distant past at Chateau de Franchimont, and then examine the collection at Bastogne War Museum. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Gare de Liege-Guillemins, don't miss a visit to Montagne de Bueren, stroll the grounds of Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Coteaux de la Citadelle, and finally examine the collection at Curtius Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Liege vacation builder website .

Liege is just a short distance from Maastricht. In September, daily temperatures in Liege can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bastogne War Museum, Old Town of Durbuy, Chateau de Franchimont, Ardennes American Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Coteaux de la Citadelle ©
Coteaux de la Citadelle
Bastogne War Museum ©
Bastogne War Museum
Ardennes American Cemetery ©
Ardennes American Cemetery

3
nights
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Luxembourg City ©
While Luxembourg City boasts the shiny headquarters of several European institutions and EU offices, it is also home to a beautiful old town that's designated as a World Heritage Site.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Larochette Castle, Beaufort Castles, Bourscheid Castle, and other attractions you added. When in Luxembourg City, make a side trip to see Chateau de Vianden in Vianden, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), don't miss a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Michel's Church, and explore the striking landscape at Casemates du Bock.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City tour planner .

You can drive from Liege to Luxembourg City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Luxembourg City are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Namur.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites Nightlife Shopping

Side Trips

Abbey of Echternach, Larochette Castle, Mersch Castle, Bourscheid Castle, Chateau de Vianden
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Vianden ©
Chateau de Vianden

2
nights
Namur, Belgium

Namur ©
Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abbaye de Maredsous, Cathedral de St-Aubain (St. Aubain Cathedral) and Fort d'Emines. On the 29th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of The Domain of the Caves of Han, steep yourself in history at Citadelle (Citadel), then steep yourself in history at Fort d'Emines, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral de St-Aubain (St. Aubain Cathedral). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of La Citadelle de Dinant, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bouillon, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Maredsous.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Namur trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Luxembourg City to Namur in 2 hours. September in Namur sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mons.

Things to do in Namur

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

The Domain of the Caves of Han, Abbaye de Maredsous, Chateau de Bouillon, La Citadelle de Dinant
Highlights from your plan
Citadelle (Citadel) ©
Citadelle (Citadel)
The Domain of the Caves of Han ©
The Domain of the Caves of Han
Chateau de Bouillon ©
Chateau de Bouillon

1
night
Mons, Belgium

Mons ©
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau de Seneffe, Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude and Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons). Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons), admire the landmark architecture of Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Seneffe, then don't miss a visit to Grand-Place de Mons, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Mons.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mons trip planner .

You can drive from Namur to Mons in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Mons can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Mons

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Seneffe, Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude
Highlights from your plan
Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude ©
Grand-Place de Mons ©
Grand-Place de Mons
Chateau de Seneffe ©
Chateau de Seneffe

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Design Museum Gent, STAM Ghent City Museum, The House of Alijn, and other attractions you added. On the 2nd (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, see the interesting displays at The House of Alijn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle). Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at St Michael's Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ghent City Center, step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, then see the interesting displays at STAM Ghent City Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Design Museum Gent.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ghent holiday planner .

You can drive from Mons to Ghent in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
Ghent City Center
Ghent City Center

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tyne Cot Cemetery, Menin Gate Memorial, In Flanders Fields Museum, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, examine the collection at Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bruges trip itinerary builder tool .

Bruges is just a stone's throw from Ghent. In October, daily temperatures in Bruges can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Tyne Cot Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Menin Gate Memorial ©
Menin Gate Memorial
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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