41 days in Benelux Itinerary

41 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Benelux trip planner

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive
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Leiden, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Delft, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
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Leuven, Belgium
— 1 night
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Liege, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
— 4 nights
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Dinant, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Mons, Belgium
— 1 night
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
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Train to Brussels-South Station, Shuttle to Charleroi, Fly to Cluj-Napoca

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hermitage Amsterdam as well as Red Light District. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planning tool.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Amsterdam is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September, expect nights in Amsterdam to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Haarlem, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Amsterdamse Poort, Molen De Adriaan Museum and Teylers Museum. On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Teylers Museum, explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, admire the striking features of Molen De Adriaan Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, and finally don't miss a visit to Amsterdamse Poort.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Haarlem road trip planner.

Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam. September in Haarlem sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Leiden.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums · Historic Sites

Leiden, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
You've added Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Molenmuseum de Valk, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, then admire the natural beauty at Hortus botanicus Leiden, then get engrossed in the history at Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, and finally walk around Keukenhof. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), see the interesting displays at Wevershuis Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Molenmuseum de Valk.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Leiden road trip planning site.

Getting from Haarlem to Leiden by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Madurodam, then admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and then take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along De Pier Scheveningen, then make a trip to Panorama Mesdag, then get a sense of history and politics at Vredespaleis, and finally ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights).

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read The Hague trip builder.

The Hague is just a stone's throw from Leiden. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Delft.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Delft, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
On the 10th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, and finally don't miss a visit to Markt.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Delft trip itinerary tool.

Delft is just a short distance from The Hague. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Delft

Museums · Historic Sites

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 World Heritage Kinderdijk as well as Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Kijk-Kubus, then take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, then snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rotterdam Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, and finally steep yourself in history at World Heritage Kinderdijk.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam trip tool.

Rotterdam is just a short distance from Delft. September in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Utrecht, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Park Sonsbeek, Kasteel de Haar and Hoge Veluwe National Park. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): walk around Park Sonsbeek, then examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Hoge Veluwe National Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Utrecht online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Utrecht

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 2 nights
Its reputation as a business-centric city distracts many visitors from the real draws of Antwerp: its historical sites, architectural beauty, and lively culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes St. Rumbold's Cathedral, Carolus Borromeus Church and Red Star Line Museum. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Rubens House (Rubenshuis), see the interesting displays at Red Star Line Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus, then examine the collection at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, and finally admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carolus Borromeus Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Rumbold's Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Antwerp trip site.

Drive from Utrecht to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Antwerp sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ghent, Belgium

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Patershol, The House of Alijn and Museum Voor Schone Kunsten. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, then examine the collection at The House of Alijn, then take a stroll through Patershol, and finally step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ghent trip builder site.

Getting from Antwerp to Ghent by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Ghent, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
You've added Van Buuren Museum, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Grand Place, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), don't miss a visit to Atomium, and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Brussels journey planning tool.

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Leuven.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Leuven, Belgium

— 1 night
The ancient city of Leuven supports an old Catholic university and offers interesting architecture, botanical gardens, and great breweries.
Sint-Donatuspark has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Arenberg Castle, don't miss a visit to Old Market Square, contemplate the long history of Groot Begijnhof, then admire the landmark architecture of Town Hall (Stadhuis), and finally stroll around Sint-Donatuspark.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Leuven trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Brussels to Leuven in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Leuven are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Leuven

Historic Sites · Parks

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bonnefanten Museum, Saint Servaasbridge and Basilica of St. Servatius. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Servatius, make a trip to Saint Servaasbridge, then explore the world behind art at Bonnefanten Museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Maastricht trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Leuven to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Liege, Belgium

— 2 nights

The Fervent City

Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mardasson Memorial, Alden Biesen, Chateau de Franchimont, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Curtius Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Liege-Guillemins, appreciate the extensive heritage of Coteaux de la Citadelle, then don't miss a visit to Montagne de Bueren, and finally delve into the distant past at Chateau de Franchimont. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Alden Biesen, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Mardasson Memorial, and then learn about all things military at Bastogne War Museum.

Plan trip to Liege with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Liege is just a short distance from Maastricht. In September in Liege, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Luxembourg City.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

— 4 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.
You've added Abbey of Echternach, Parc de Merl-Belair, Larochette Castle, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Luxembourg City to Vianden to see Vianden Castle about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palace of the Grand Dukes (Palais Grand-Ducal), take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre Dame), don't miss a visit to Place d'Armes, and take in the dramatic natural features at Casemates du Bock.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Luxembourg City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Liege to Luxembourg City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Luxembourg City sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Dinant.

Things to do in Luxembourg City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Dinant, Belgium

— 3 nights
Located along the Upper Meuse Valley, the city of Dinant features colorful buildings framing its famous church and a clifftop citadel in the background.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Chimay, L'abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont and Old Town of Durbuy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dinant: Abbaye de Floreffe (in Floreffe), Chateau de Bouillon (in Bouillon) and Namur (Cathedral de St-Aubain (St. Aubain Cathedral) & Citadelle (Citadel)). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Domaine Des Grottes De Han, steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Dinant, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Maredsous.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dinant travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Luxembourg City to Dinant by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mons.

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mons, Belgium

— 1 night
Not far from Brussels, Mons is home to a World Heritage Site, the former home of Van Gogh, and Roman ruins.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Belfry of Mons as well as Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons). Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes (Mons), then don't miss a visit to Grand-Place de Mons, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Mons, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mons road trip site.

You can drive from Dinant to Mons in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Mons can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ieper (Ypres).

Things to do in Mons

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

— 2 nights

Wipers

Boasting remnants from the Middle Ages, the ancient city of Ieper in West Flanders offers attractions that are as historically significant as Ghent and Bruges, but with fewer crowds.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sanctuary Wood, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Ramparts Cemetery, and other attractions. On the 6th (Sun), learn about all things military at In Flanders Fields Museum, then appreciate the history behind Menin Gate Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Essex Farm Cemetery, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Tyne Cot Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, explore the different monuments and memorials at Ramparts Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Sanctuary Wood, and finally take in the history at Hill 60.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ieper (Ypres) trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mons to Ieper (Ypres) takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Ieper (Ypres) sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Ieper (Ypres)

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bruges, Belgium

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sint-Janshospitaal as well as Historium Brugge. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to The Markt, explore the activities along Minnewater Lake, admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Holy Blood.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Ieper (Ypres) to Bruges takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries