15 days in Aachen, Benelux & Valenciennes Itinerary

15 days in Aachen, Benelux & Valenciennes Itinerary

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15 days in Aachen, Benelux & Valenciennes Itinerary

Start: Aachen, Germany
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Aachen, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
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Verviers, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Liege, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Valenciennes, France
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Ghent, Belgium
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
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Antwerp, Belgium
— 1 night
train:  1​h
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Rotterdam, Holland
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
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Kinderdijk, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Delft, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
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Arnhem, Holland
— 1 night
End: Arnhem, Holland

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Aachen, Germany

Aachen
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aachen trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Düsseldorf Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport and Weeze Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Verviers.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Verviers, Belgium

Verviers ©
Verviers is a Walloon city and municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège.The Verviers municipality includes the old communes of Ensival, Lambermont, Petit-Rechain, Stembert, and Heusy. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mullerthal Trail, Massen Shopping Center and Biermuseum. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at La Chocolaterie Darcis, examine the collection at Biermuseum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Massen Shopping Center.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Verviers vacation builder website .

You can drive from Aachen to Verviers in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Liege.

Things to do in Verviers

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Vianden, Biermuseum, Massen Shopping Center, Mullerthal Trail, Roman Villa
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Chateau de Vianden ©
Chateau de Vianden
Biermuseum ©
Biermuseum
Mullerthal Trail ©
Mullerthal Trail

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Liege, Belgium

Liege ©
Although decidedly industrial on the outskirts, Liege also boasts impressive architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes La Place du Marche as well as Montagne de Bueren. On the 10th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Montagne de Bueren and then wander the streets of La Place du Marche.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Liege attractions planner .

Liege is just a short distance from Verviers. In July, daytime highs in Liege are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Valenciennes.

Things to do in Liege

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathedral de Liege (Liege Cathedral) ©
Montagne de Bueren ©
Montagne de Bueren

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Valenciennes, France

Valenciennes
Valenciennes is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.It lies on the Scheldt river. To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Valenciennes journey site .

Getting from Liege to Valenciennes by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ghent.

Things to do in Valenciennes

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes De Bootjes Van Gent - Rederij Dewaele, St Michael's Bridge, Ghent City Center, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): wander the streets of Patershol.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ghent tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Valenciennes to Ghent in 1.5 hours. In July in Ghent, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 56°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bruges.

Things to do in Ghent

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Gravensteen ©
Gravensteen
Saint Bavo's Cathedral ©
Saint Bavo's Cathedral
St Michael's Bridge ©
St Michael's Bridge

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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Markt, Kantcentrum, Chocolatier Dumon, and other attractions. On the 12th (Sun), get outside with Bruges Bike Rental, grab your bike and head to Koning Albert I Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), then walk around Minnewaterpark, and finally see the interesting displays at Diamond Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Holy Blood, make a trip to St Bonifacius Bridge, then make a trip to Kruispoort, then examine the collection at Kantcentrum, and finally stop by Chocolatier Dumon.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bruges trip app .

Bruges is just a short distance from Ghent. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Antwerp.

Things to do in Bruges

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Belfry of Bruges ©
Belfry of Bruges

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Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp ©
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 Arboretum Kalmthout, Grand Diamonds Jewelry and Grote Markt.

For maps and other tourist information, use the Antwerp online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Bruges to Antwerp takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bruges in July: highs in Antwerp hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Antwerp

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Arboretum Kalmthout, Fort De Roovere
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Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Fort De Roovere ©
Fort De Roovere
Grand Diamonds Jewelry ©
Grand Diamonds Jewelry

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Rotterdam, Holland

Rotterdam
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.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rotterdam attractions website .

You can take a train from Antwerp to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kinderdijk.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Kinderdijk, Holland

Kinderdijk ©
Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15km east of Rotterdam. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of World Heritage Kinderdijk.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kinderdijk route planning website .

Kinderdijk is just a short distance from Rotterdam. In July in Kinderdijk, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Delft.

Things to do in Kinderdijk

Museums Historic Sites
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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Delft, Holland

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, Lange Voorhout, Panorama Mesdag, and other attractions you added. On the 15th (Wed), examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles and then make a trip to Beestenmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, then examine the collection at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Delft road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kinderdijk to Delft takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in Delft sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Delft

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Hague, Leiden American Pilgrim Museum
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bootverhuur Giethoorn, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: see the top attractions with Boat Amsterdam, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Westerkerk, admire the masterpieces at Cromhout House, then hunt for treasures at Bloemenmarkt, and finally admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Delft to Amsterdam in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Arnhem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Transportation

Side Trips

Amsterdamse Poort, Bootverhuur Giethoorn
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Arnhem, Holland

Arnhem ©
Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kasteel Rosendael as well as De Eusebiuskerk Arnhem. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Kasteel Rosendael.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arnhem online route planner .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Arnhem in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arnhem

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kasteel Rosendael
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Kasteel Rosendael ©
Kasteel Rosendael
De Eusebiuskerk Arnhem ©
De Eusebiuskerk Arnhem

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