9 days in Benelux Itinerary

9 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 1 day
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ghent, Belgium
— 1 day
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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.
You've added Centraal Station, De 9 Straatjes, Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): ride with the locals on Centraal Station, get the lay of the land with Free Walking Tours Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then explore the world behind art at Moco Museum, and finally mix with locals at Amsterdam Light Festival. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): take a stroll through De 9 Straatjes, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, wander the streets of Red Light District, then enjoy breathtaking views from A'dam Lookout, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary builder app.

Madrid, Spain to Amsterdam is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Madrid in December, you will find days in Amsterdam are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Breweries & Distilleries

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lange Voorhout, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), get the lay of the land with Free walking tour The Hague, then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and finally make a trip to Lange Voorhout.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our The Hague trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Tours · Shopping

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Markthal, Euromast and Erasmus Bridge.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip planner.

Traveling by car from The Hague to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Antwerp.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping · Museums

Antwerp, Belgium

Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Rubens House (Rubenshuis) has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then examine the collection at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), and finally admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antwerp trip planner.

Traveling by train from Rotterdam to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Antwerp sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Brussels.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 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 list of things to see and do now includes Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Delirium, Royal Palace of Brussels, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): examine the collection at Atomium.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Brussels tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Antwerp to Brussels in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Brussels, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Brussels

Tours · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, make a trip to The Markt, appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument, then make a trip to Belfry of Bruges, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges road trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to Bruges in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bruges are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Ghent.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites

Ghent, Belgium

— 1 day
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 list of things to see and do now includes Gent Free Walking Tour, Saint Bavo's Cathedral, Gravensteen, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Cathedral, gain insight with Gent Free Walking Tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ghent vacation planner.

Drive from Bruges to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ghent

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums