12 days in Benelux Itinerary

12 days in Benelux Itinerary

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12 days in Benelux Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Ghent, Belgium
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Delft, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Ghent, Belgium

Ghent ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ghent: Bruges (The Markt, Oude Griffie, & more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Gravensteen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, make a trip to Ghent City Center, and take in panoramic vistas at Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ghent trip itinerary planning app .

New York City, USA to Ghent is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December in Ghent, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Brussels is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, shopping, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Brussels day trip planning tool .

Getting from Ghent to Brussels by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Delft.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Atomium ©
Atomium
Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) ©
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM)

1
night
Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Delft road trip planning website .

You can drive from Brussels to Delft in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Delft

Museums Historic Sites
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Old Church ©
Old Church
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, parks, breweries & distilleries, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, walk around Vondelpark, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Delft to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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