41 days in Benelux Itinerary

41 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 8 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 7 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 7 nights
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— 6 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 8 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zaanse Schans and The Jordaan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Canals area. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Zuiderzeemuseum (in Enkhuizen), Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem) and 't Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn (in Garderen). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Micropia, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam route planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in August; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Madurodam and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Get in touch with nature at Strand Rockanje and Badstrand. Explore The Hague's surroundings by going to Boulevard van Vlissingen (in Vlissingen), Efteling (in Kaatsheuvel) and Erasmus Bridge (in Rotterdam). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo, and explore and take pictures at Panorama Mesdag.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our The Hague online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bruges.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 7 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.
In Flanders Fields Museum and Groeningemuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bruges: Plage St. Andre (in Koksijde Bad), Atlantikwall Raversyde (in Ostend) and De Panne Beach (in De Panne). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Basilica of the Holy Blood, pause for some photo ops at Menin Gate Memorial, sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and make a trip to The Markt.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bruges day trip site.

Getting from The Hague to Bruges by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Bruges sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ghent, Belgium

— 6 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gravensteen and Centrum Ronde van Vlaanderen. Ghent City Center and Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Chateau des Princes de Ligne (in Antoing), Grand-Place de Mons (in Mons) and Den Dotter (in Haaltert). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Graslei and Korenlei, take in the pleasant sights at Stadshal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Eddy Merckx Bicycle Trail.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ghent sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Bruges to Ghent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Ghent can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 7 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 inner history buff will appreciate Grand Place and Memorial Waterloo 1815. Grote Markt and Citadelle (Citadel) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (Rubens House (Rubenshuis), Sint-Jacob Antwerpen, &more), La plage de Renipont (in Lasne) and Leuven (Town Hall (Stadhuis) & Groot Begijnhof). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, make a trip to Hôtel de Ville de Bruxelles, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Natural Sciences, and steep yourself in history at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Brussels road trip app.

You can drive from Ghent to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 6 nights

Gibraltar of the North

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Casemates du Bock and Vianden Castle. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Chemin de la Corniche and MNHM National Museum of Military History. Get out of town with these interesting Luxembourg City side-trips: Kikuoka Country Club (in Canach), Mullerthal Trail (in Mullerthal) and Musee d'histoires de Diekirch (in Diekirch). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial, admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Wiltz, get outside with RedRock Mountain Bike Trails, and trek along Gorges du loup.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luxembourg City road trip site.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Luxembourg City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Luxembourg City can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips