5 days in Benelux & Normandy Itinerary

5 days in Benelux & Normandy Itinerary

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5 days in Benelux & Normandy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
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Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 day
train:  2​h
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Brussels, Belgium
— 1 night
+4
train + Fly + bus + subway + bus:  6​h 30​min
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Caen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Giverny, France
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and then admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam attractions planner .

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In October in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Amsterdam

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Atomium, then examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and then steep yourself in history at Grand Place.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Brussels trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Brussels

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

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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to Tour du Nord, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Brussels to Mont-Saint-Michel in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In October, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel ©
La Poste, Mont-Saint-Michel

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Caen, France

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Caen trip planner.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ranville, Bayeux
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Abbaye aux Dames ©
Abbaye aux Dames
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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Giverny, France

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at La Maison de la Figurine, then see the interesting displays at Musee de Mecanique Naturelle, and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Giverny trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Caen to Giverny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

La Maison de la Figurine
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle ©
Musee de Mecanique Naturelle
La Maison de la Figurine ©
La Maison de la Figurine

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