8 days in Benelux Itinerary

8 days in Benelux Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe Trip Planner

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

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Atomium, contemplate the long history of Grand Place, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, then buy something for everyone on your list at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe, see the interesting displays at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then examine the collection at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), and finally stop by Jerome Grimonpon Chocolatier.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Brussels trip planning site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Brussels Airport, Antwerp International Airport (Deurne), Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Liège Airport. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Antwerp.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

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 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at MAS - Museum aan de Stroom, admire the landmark architecture of Antwerpen-Centraal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady, then get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Plantin-Moretus.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Antwerp day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Brussels to Antwerp takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Antwerp, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ghent.

Things to do in Antwerp

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Ghent, Belgium

— 1 night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Graslei and Korenlei, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ghent City Center, then get to know the fascinating history of St Michael's Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, and finally explore the galleries of Gravensteen.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Ghent day trip site.

You can drive from Antwerp to Ghent in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Ghent, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, then don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then get in on the family fun at Madurodam, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Efteling.

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You can drive from Ghent to Rotterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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 15th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then walk around Vondelpark, and finally make a trip to Anne Frank House. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Red Light District, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and finally get your game on at Museumphoto.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planning tool.

Getting from Rotterdam to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16: