55 days in Italy, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

55 days in Italy, The Netherlands & Belgium Itinerary

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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Charleroi, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Mechelen, Belgium
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Heerenveen, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Bari, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
— 6 nights
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Vicenza, Italy
— 4 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 5 nights
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Modena, Italy
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Turin, Italy
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Brussels, Belgium

— 5 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 Historic Centre of Brugge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and Atomium. Get out of town with these interesting Brussels side-trips: Bruges (Groeningemuseum & Belfry of Bruges) and Ghent (Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels holiday maker.

Reims, France to Brussels is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Reims in June, you will find days in Brussels are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Charleroi.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Charleroi, Belgium

— 3 nights
Charleroi is a city and a municipality of Wallonia, located in the province of Hainaut, Belgium. Popular historic sites such as Parc de Furfooz and Citadelle (Citadel) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Memorial Waterloo 1815 and Abbaye de Villers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charleroi: Dinant (Citadelle de Dinant & Memorial Aux Victimes Du 23 Aout 1914). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Le Bois du Cazier, engage your brain at Musee de l'Industrie, appreciate the extensive heritage of Passage de la Bourse - Charleroi, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Charleroi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brussels to Charleroi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Mechelen.

Things to do in Charleroi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mechelen, Belgium

— 1 night
Truly a hidden gem, the town of Mechelen features a number of museums, a famous cathedral, and charming squares, all while remaining relatively under the radar.
On the 10th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Dijlepad, then get engrossed in the history at Fort Breendonk, then get to know the fascinating history of Fort Van Duffel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Rumbold's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mechelen journey tool.

Drive from Charleroi to Mechelen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Mechelen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Mechelen

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anne Frank House and The Jordaan. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat), Delft (Nieuwe Kerk & Old Church) and Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, look for all kinds of wild species at Natuurmonument Corversbos, and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip app.

Traveling by car from Mechelen to Amsterdam takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or fly. June in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haarlem, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grote Markt and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo). Frans Hals Museum and Zuiderzeemuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Haarlem side-trips: Alkmaar cheese market (in Alkmaar), Uitkijkduin Petten (in Petten) and Papiermolen De Schoolmeester/moulin a papier De Schoolmeester (in Westzaan). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Zwanenwater, enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, take in the exciting artwork at De Vishal, and take in nature's colorful creations at Thijsse's Hof Heemtuin.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Haarlem tour planning app.

Haarlem is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In June, daily temperatures in Haarlem can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Heerenveen.

Things to do in Haarlem

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heerenveen, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Heerenveen is a town and municipality in the province of Friesland (Fryslan), in the north of the Netherlands.HistoryThe town was established in 1551 by three lords as a location for the purpose of digging peat which was used for fuel, hence the name (heer is "lord", veen is "peat"). On the 20th (Mon), examine the collection at Fries Scheepvaart Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rijksmonument Waterpoort Sneek uit 1613, then identify plant and animal life at Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld, and finally identify plant and animal life at Natuurgebied Holtingerveld. On the next day, admire the striking features of Rijksmonument Stadhuis Sneek uit 1550-1605, steep yourself in history at UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal, then examine the collection at Museum Belvedere, and finally see the interesting displays at Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum).

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Drive from Haarlem to Heerenveen in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Heerenveen can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Nijmegen.

Things to do in Heerenveen

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nijmegen, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Nijmegen, historically anglicized as Nimeguen, is a municipality and a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kroller-Muller Museum and Informatiecentrum De Polen van Driel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Airborne Cemetery and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Nijmegen side-trips: Kasteeltuinen Arcen (in Arcen), Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk) and Arnhem Central Station (in Arnhem). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Doorwerth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rijksmonument Valkhofkapel of Sint-Nicolaaskapel, make a trip to Stevenskerk, and admire the striking features of Rijksmonument Latijnse School Nijmegen uit 1544.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nijmegen planner.

Traveling by car from Heerenveen to Nijmegen takes 2 hours. Traveling from Heerenveen in June, expect nights in Nijmegen to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Nijmegen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Den Bosch, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
World Heritage Kinderdijk and Jheronimus Bosch Art Center will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as St. John's Cathedral and Grote Kerk Den Bosch are in your itinerary. Explore Den Bosch's surroundings by going to Eindhoven (DAF Museum & Philips Museum) and Groothoofdspoort (in Dordrecht). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Het Bossche Broek, stroll through Natuurgebied De Moerputten, get engrossed in the history at Noordbrabants Museum, and appreciate the history behind Hieronymus Bosch Statue.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Den Bosch trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nijmegen to Den Bosch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Den Bosch sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Maastricht.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 28th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Op Ezel Avontuur, then take in the exciting artwork at Arteaux Art & Design, then examine the collection at Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg Maastricht, and finally go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Maastricht day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Bari.

Things to do in Maastricht

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bari, Italy

— 3 nights

Gateway to Apulia

Puglia's capital city, Bari, is a growing metropolis of industry and one of the country's most important commercial ports.
Masseria Brancati and Museo Nazionale Archeologico will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Sassi di Matera and Cattedrale di Bari. Get out of town with these interesting Bari side-trips: Altamura (La Cantina Frrud - Museo del Vino & Palazzo Baldassarre), Castello Aragonese (in Taranto) and Museo Laboratorio della Civilta Contadina (in Matera). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Nicola and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare e Murat.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bari online road trip planner.

Getting from Maastricht to Bari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Maastricht in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Bari: highs are around 32°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Naples.

Things to do in Bari

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Naples, Italy

— 6 nights
Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Visit Pompeii Archaeological Park and Duomo di Ravello for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli and Museo Cappella Sansevero. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naples: Ravello (Villa Cimbrone Gardens, Villa Rufolo, &more), Duomo di Sant'Andrea (in Amalfi) and Lupanar (in Pompeii). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, delve into the distant past at Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, get curious at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Catacombe di San Gennaro.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Naples trip site.

You can drive from Bari to Naples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Vicenza.

Things to do in Naples

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Vicenza, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Palladio

Famous for its abundance of 16th-century architecture designed by Andrea Palladio, Vicenza was coined the City of Palladio.
Get some historical perspective at Scrovegni Chapel and Basilica of St. Anthony. Get some cultural insight at Piazza della Frutta and Palazzo da Schio, Ca' d'Oro. Get out of town with these interesting Vicenza side-trips: Padua (Musei Civici Agli Eremitani, MUSME - Museum of the History of Medicine of Padova, &more), La Cinta Muraria - Camminamento di Ronda (in Cittadella) and Military Historical Museum Fort Punta Corbin (in Tresche’ Conca). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Pietra Viva, identify plant and animal life at Oasi degli Stagni di Casale, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Palladiana, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Great War 1915 - 1918.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vicenza trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Naples to Vicenza takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Vicenza are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bologna.

Things to do in Vicenza

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bologna, Italy

— 5 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Let the collections at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Church and Museum of Orsanmichele capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bologna: Florence (Basilica of Santa Croce, Pitti Palace, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Basilica di San Petronio, get engrossed in the history at Museo Civico Medievale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bologna attractions planner.

You can drive from Vicenza to Bologna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Vicenza, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Bologna, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Modena.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Modena, Italy

— 2 nights

Capital of Engines

Deemed the Capital of Engines, Modena is the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari and the headquarters of Italian sports cars.
On the 17th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Salse di Nirano, examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Acetaia Villa San Donnino, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Panini Motor Museum, examine the collection at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, then see the interesting displays at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Modena.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Modena travel app.

Traveling by car from Bologna to Modena takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Modena

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca di Brera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Castello Sforzesco and Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Casa dei Presepi (in Mezzegra), Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Chiosco Villa Carlotta). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, and admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Modena to Milan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Turin.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Turin, Italy

— 3 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Egizio and Forte di Bard. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone and Basilica of Superga. Explore Turin's surroundings by going to Reggia di Venaria Reale (in Venaria Reale) and Castello di Issogne (in Issogne). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, contemplate the long history of Palazzo Reale, make a trip to Piazza San Carlo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Consolata.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turin travel route planner.

Take a train from Milan to Turin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in July, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Belgium travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
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.

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.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.