8 days in Benelux Itinerary

8 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, walk around Vondelpark, and then pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Amsterdam is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Amsterdam is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. You'll set off for Rotterdam on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Rotterdam day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Antwerp, Belgium

— 1 night
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady and then stop by Pierre Marcolini.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Antwerp trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Antwerp are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Groeningemuseum, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule).

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Brussels attractions website.

Traveling by car from Antwerp to Brussels takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Brussels are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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