48 days in Benelux Itinerary

48 days in Benelux Itinerary

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Breda, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Middelburg, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
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Arnhem, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Little Hague of the East

Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II. The operation was significant enough to be the subject of a movie, "A Bridge Too Far." Many who go to Arnhem do so for its historical museums, war monuments, museum of modern art, and the Burgers' zoo.
Get in touch with nature at Bussloo and Multi-activiteitencentrum Pitch&Putt Bussloo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fries Museum and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum. Venture out of the city with trips to Groninger Museum (in Groningen), Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo) and Nationaal Park Veluwezoom (in Rheden). There's more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum MORE.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arnhem trip itinerary planning website.

Amsterdam to Arnhem is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train. March in Arnhem sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Arnhem

Museums · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands

— 5 nights
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Escape the urban bustle at National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen and Wijboschbroek. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. John's Cathedral and Efteling. Go for a jaunt from Kaatsheuvel to Berlicum to see Camel Dairy Smits about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Natuurgebied Langstraat, look for all kinds of wild species at Baardwijkse Overlaat, and play a few rounds at Efteling Golfpark.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaatsheuvel holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Arnhem to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Kaatsheuvel, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Wed) before leaving for Breda.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Breda, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. Sint Joostkapel Breda and Polski Cmentarz Wojskowy W Bredzie will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Landgoed Duynenwater and Belcrum Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breda: Golfbaan Stippelberg (in Bakel) and Strand Sint-Annaland (in Sint Annaland). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Pol38, stop by Molen De Arend, and explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Bouvigne.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Breda trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Breda takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Breda sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Breda

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Snow World Landgraaf.

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You can drive from Breda to Maastricht in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Winter Sports

Side 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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Amstel and Haarlemmermeerse Bos. Shop till you drop at De 9 Straatjes and TASCHEN Store Amsterdam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Utrecht (Canals area & Dom Tower). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Tassenmuseum Amsterdam, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Maastricht to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Explore hidden gems such as Louwman Museum The Hague and Scheveningen Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around The Hague: Strand Rockanje (in Rockanje), Pho Thammakhot (in Katwijk) and Honden strand Noordwijk (in Noordwijk). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), see the interesting displays at Fotomuseum den Haag, see some colorful creatures with Dutch Scuba Divers, and take an in-depth tour of Prison Gate Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our The Hague trip tool.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Het Nieuwe Instituut. Museum-lovers will get to explore Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and Sculpture "Lost Luggage Depot". You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: Park Merwestein (in Dordrecht), Rietplas (in Houten) and World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, look for all kinds of wild species at Natuurgebied Dintelse Gorzen, look for gifts at Monsieur Saucisson, and make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam vacation website.

Drive from The Hague to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Middelburg.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Middelburg, The Netherlands

— 4 nights
Middelburg is a municipality and a city in the south-western Netherlands and the capital of the province of Zeeland. Take a break from the city and head to Boulevard van Vlissingen and Oostkapelle Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Nationaal Park Oosterschelde and Vrouwenpolder Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Middelburg: Scharendijke (Watersport Brouwersdam & De Grevelingen), Wijnhoeve de kleine Schorre (in Dreischor) and Beware Beach (in Ouddorp). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Badstrand.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Middelburg road trip planning site.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Middelburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Rotterdam, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Middelburg, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Bruges.

Things to do in Middelburg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to The Old Chocolate House or Art Gallery Koetshuis. You'll explore and learn at Gravensteen and In Flanders Fields Museum. Explore Bruges' surroundings by going to Tyne Cot Cemetery (in Zonnebeke), Atlantikwall Raversyde (in Ostend) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Graslei and Korenlei, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, get a taste of the local shopping with Salvador Dali Exhibition, sample the tasty concoctions at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Bruges road trip website.

You can drive from Middelburg to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Middelburg in April, Bruges is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Orsini Diamondsfor plenty of shopping. Red Star Line Museum and René Magritte Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Antwerp (MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, Cathedral of Our Lady, &more), Mardasson Memorial (in Bastogne) and Maboge Beach (in La Roche-en-Ardenne). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Belgian Comic Strip Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and browse the exhibits of Atomium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels day trip planning site.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips