Rail Holidays in Benelux

D ykes and canals, historic centres packed with narrow guild houses and fields of poppies and tulips. Just some of the images that spring to mind when we think about the Low Countries which are all fantastically easy to discover by rail. Take a direct train to Brussels, Rotterdam or Amsterdam. Alternatively, one change in Brussels takes you to lovely Luxembourg City, medieval Ghent and Bruges, or the lesser known but equally lovely cities of Utrecht and Delft.

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Destination Benelux

Whether you’re a fan of Herge’s Tintin or Rembrandt’s portraits, of moules frites or Edam, of giant city-centre squares or towns crisscrossed by canals, the three Benelux countries have so much to offer visitors that you’ll put on your newly-bought clogs and kick yourself for not having made the trip sooner!

Arguably the three biggest jewels in the Benelux crown are the region’s three most famous cities: Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg. Amsterdam remains one of the continent’s cultural hubs, with its overflowing art museums reflecting the city’s wealthy mercantile past. The cityscape itself remains worthy of portraiture, with canal-side cafés and picture-perfect bridges creating a world away from the bustle of 21st century life.

What Brussels and Luxembourg lack in canals, they more than make up for in other attractions. For fans of the distinctive and delicious Belgian ales, Brussels offers you an almost overwhelming choice of charismatic bars where you can relax after enjoying the city’s markets, squares and churches. Luxembourg, situated amidst dramatic river gorges, provides visitors the chance to explore dungeons and medieval ruins as well as world-renowned art galleries and celebrated restaurants.

Both Brussels and Amsterdam are now served by direct trains from London’s St Pancras station, making either city the perfect place from which to start a trip through the region. Public transport throughout Benelux is excellent, making it easy for you to explore further afield, including the beautiful city of Ghent, the vast, colourful tulip fields in the Netherlands, and the many lovingly preserved battlegrounds and cemeteries of the First World War.

Benelux Highlights

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Belgium Despite its small size, Belgium has a lot to offer including Flemish medieval centres like Bruges, Antwerp, Leuven and Ghent as well as Wallonian highlights such as Liege and Namur. View More
Netherlands The Netherlands is a country which is perfect for visiting by train. Pretty cities full of guild houses, canals and hundreds of bicycles. View More
Luxembourg Luxembourg is the last Grand Duchy in the world and one of the smallest countries in Europe, but still somehow manages to pack in varied scenery along with three national languages. View More

Itineraries in Benelux

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5 Days
  • Amsterdam
  • Delft
Combine the delights of Amsterdam with the lovely, quintessentially Dutch town of Delft on this 4 night holiday by rail, including a journey on the direct Eurostar into the Netherlands from London.
From £349
5 Days
  • Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam
Catch the new direct services to AND from the Netherlands on this exciting break combining the country's first and second cities - unmissable Amsterdam and the vibrant port of Rotterdam.
From £569
7 Days
  • Amsterdam
  • Luxembourg City
  • Brussels
Explore the fascinating, multi-lingual European capitals just on our doorstep with this perfectly formed rail itinerary. Take a direct Eurostar service to Amsterdam and then continue by train to hilltop Luxembourg and Belgian capital Brussels.
From £749
  • Amsterdam
  • Hamburg
  • Aarhus
  • Kristiansand
  • Oslo
Embark on a journey through maritime history as you discover the port cities of Amsterdam, Hamburg and Oslo on this fascinating 10-night holiday. You'll also stop in lovely Aarhus, Denmark's second largest metropolis and then take a ferry across the Skagerrak strait to Norway.
From £999
  • Luxembourg
  • Nuremberg
  • Innsbruck
  • Chur
  • Zermatt
Take the train through the Ardennes to Luxembourg, then experience the Moselle and Rhine Valleys in Germany before taking in the best Alpine scenery imaginable.
From £1,499
6 Days
  • Amsterdam
  • Venice
Savour an unforgettable journey aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travelling the once-yearly route from Amsterdam to Venice with two nights in the Dutch capital before your departure and two nights in Venice on arrival.
From £3,199

Blogs About Benelux

2 Apr, 2019
From 4 April 2019, the Eurostar will begin running services from London and Ebbsfleet direct to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The journey takes you non-stop to Brussels, and then move north out of the Belgian capital through into the Netherlands.