60 days in Benelux Itinerary

60 days in Benelux Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Gouda, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Delft, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
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Dordrecht, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
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Dinant, Belgium
— 6 nights
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 8 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Museum Quarter. Venture out of the city with trips to Fries Museum (in Leeuwarden) and Canals area (in Utrecht). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at A'dam Lookout, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, explore the world behind art at Moco Museum Amsterdam, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Portuguese Synagogue.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, with highs in Amsterdam at 12°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rotterdam Centraal Station and Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum). Get out of town with these interesting Rotterdam side-trips: Municipal Museum of Goeree-Overflakkee (in Sommelsdijk) and Zuid-Beijerland (Rien Poortvliet Museum Korendijk & Landbouwmuseum tiengemeten). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Markthal, get engrossed in the history at Restaurant Het Schielandshuis, take a leisurely stroll along Wilhelminapier, and examine the collection at Dutch Pinball Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Parks · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Louwman Museum The Hague. Get out of town with these interesting The Hague side-trips: Leiden (Naturalis Biodiversity Center & Sieboldhuis). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), take in the waterfront at Skyview De Pier, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our The Hague route planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to The Hague in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December in The Hague, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gouda.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Gouda, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Gouda is a municipality and city in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spa Gouda and Nationaal Glasmuseum Leerdam. Explore Gouda's surroundings by going to Geertjes Hoeve (in Haarzuilens), Stadsmuseum Woerden (in Woerden) and Boerderij de Boerinn (in Kamerik). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plaza Markt., tee off at Golfcourse IJsselweide, and examine the collection at Museum Paulina Bisdom van Vliet.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gouda trip planner.

You can drive from The Hague to Gouda in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Delft.

Things to do in Gouda

Museums · Spas · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Delft, The Netherlands

— 4 nights
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum Prinsenhof Delft and Museum Maassluis. Step out of Delft to go to Hellevoetsluis and see Droogdok Jan Blanken, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parochie van de H.H. Maria en Ursula, don't miss a visit to City Hall, and take an in-depth tour of Het steen.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Delft trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gouda to Delft takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In December in Delft, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Delft

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Maastricht, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Boekhandel Dominicanen and Maastricht Underground. Explore Maastricht's surroundings by going to Stadhuis Venlo (in Venlo), GaiaZOO (in Kerkrade) and De IJsvogel (in Arcen). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, learn about all things military at War Museum Eyewitness, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Maastricht route planner.

Traveling by car from Delft to Maastricht takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Eindhoven.

Things to do in Maastricht

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Design Capital of Europe

Eindhoven is bursting with energy and is the perfect city to recharge during a day trip or staycation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Efteling and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen. Get out of town with these interesting Eindhoven side-trips: Thermen Goirle (in Goirle), Beeldengalerij Het Depot (in Wageningen) and St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at DAF Museum, don't miss a visit to Eindhoven, get outside with Philips Stadion, and sample the tasty concoctions at Hertog Jan Brouwerij.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Eindhoven road trip planner.

Drive from Maastricht to Eindhoven in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zwolle.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Zwolle, The Netherlands

— 5 nights
Zwolle is the capital city and municipality of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paleis Het Loo and Eise Eisinga Planetarium. Explore Zwolle's surroundings by going to Nicolaikerk Appingedam (in Appingedam), Museum Martena (in Franeker) and Het Verscholen Dorp (in Vierhouten). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at De Zwaluwhoeve, make a trip to Oliemolen De Passiebloem, admire the landmark architecture of Hoofdstation Groningen, and identify plant and animal life at Natuurmuseum Holterberg Diorama.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zwolle road trip planning tool.

Drive from Eindhoven to Zwolle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Zwolle sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dordrecht.

Things to do in Zwolle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

— 6 nights
Dordrecht, colloquially Dordt, historically in English named Dort, is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at World Heritage Kinderdijk and Bizarium. Venture out of the city with trips to Stichting Volkssterrenwacht Philippus Lansbergen (in Middelburg), Rat Verleghstadion (in Breda) and Bakkerij Museum (in Oosterhout). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Boekdruk Museum Dordrecht, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, explore the engaging exhibits at Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum, and step aboard Stichting Ark van Noach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dordrecht trip builder site.

Drive from Zwolle to Dordrecht in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Dordrecht are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dinant.

Things to do in Dordrecht

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Dinant, Belgium

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bastogne War Museum and Basilique Saint-Hubert. Change things up with these side-trips from Dinant: Bouillon (Belvedere Bouillon & Chateau fort de Bouillon), Mardasson Memorial (in Bastogne) and Eglise Notre-dame De La Visitation (in Rochefort). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Domaine Des Grottes De Han, examine the collection at Musees du Fourneau Saint-Michel, find something for the whole family at Agimont Adventure, and admire the masterpieces at Mudia.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Dinant road trip planner.

Drive from Dordrecht to Dinant in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Antwerp.

Things to do in Dinant

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Antwerp, Belgium

— 8 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Menin Gate Memorial and Tyne Cot Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antwerp: In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)), Bruges (Walking tours, Stadhuis, &more) and Ghent (St Michael's Bridge, Ghent City Center, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Antwerpen-Centraal, see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, admire the masterpieces at FOMU - Foto Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Museum Plantin-Moretus.

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You can drive from Dinant to Antwerp in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Antwerp can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips