11 days in Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

11 days in Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

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11 days in Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Amsterdam
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
2
Rotterdam
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Rijksmuseum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour on your own time with Self-Guided Tours & Rentals, explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and hunt for treasures at Bloemenmarkt.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam itinerary app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

6
nights
Rotterdam

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.
For shopping fun, head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery or Markthal. Visit Madurodam and Museum Lambert van Meerten for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotterdam: Scheveningen (Scheveningen Beach & Glowgolf Scheveningen), Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and The Hague (Zuiderpark Den Haag uit 1923, Landgoed Clingendael, & more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Klimpark Het Klimeiland, hike along Papaver Delft, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, and see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rotterdam trip tool .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft, Lentevreugd, Regte Heide & Riels Laag, Park Merwestein
Highlights from your plan
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Old Church ©
Old Church

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