12 days in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Utrecht Itinerary

12 days in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Utrecht Itinerary

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12 days in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Utrecht Itinerary

Start: Paphos
fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Rotterdam
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Utrecht
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Amsterdam
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Paphos

1
night
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 19th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip planning website .

Paphos, Cyprus to Amsterdam is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paphos to Amsterdam. When traveling from Paphos in December, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Amsterdam: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel ©
Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam ©
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
De Duif ©
De Duif

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Maria Van Jesse Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at museum Beelden aan Zee, take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, and finally examine the collection at Kijk-Kubus.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Rotterdam holiday maker website .

Take a train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, Maria van Jessekerk
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee
Maria van Jessekerk ©
Maria van Jessekerk

2
nights
Utrecht

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pieterskerk Utrecht uit 1039. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Utrecht trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Rotterdam to Utrecht in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, St. John's Cathedral
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Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum)
Canals area ©
Canals area
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum ©
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum

5
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and Hermitage Amsterdam. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Haarlem to see Frans Hals Museum about 34 minutes away. Enjoy Amsterdam some more: wander the streets of The Jordaan, examine the collection at Sexmuseum Amsterdam Venustempel, shop like a local with De 9 Straatjes, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Amsterdam trip tool .

Amsterdam is just a stone's throw from Utrecht. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Frans Hals Museum
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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