13 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

13 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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13 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam
— 5 nights
Train:  30​min
2
Utrecht
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
3
The Hague
— 2 nights
Bus:  30​min
4
Rotterdam
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Dubai

5
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Holyboot has been added to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Anne Frank House and Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis). Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort), Haarlemmermeerse Bos (in Hoofddorp) and Frans Hals Museum (in Haarlem). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Singel, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and wander the streets of De 9 Straatjes.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online holiday planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in Amsterdam at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haarlem, Zandvoort aan Zee, Haarlemmermeerse Bos
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

3
nights
Utrecht

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Step out of the city life by going to Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen and Hoge Veluwe National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Fotodok and Pieterskerk Utrecht uit 1039. Change things up with these side-trips from Utrecht: Patisserie de rouw (in Vught), Regte Heide & Riels Laag (in Riel) and Nationaal Park Veluwezoom (in Rheden).

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Utrecht trip itinerary builder site .

Utrecht is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In December, daytime highs in Utrecht are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to The Hague.

Things to do in Utrecht

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nationaal Park Veluwezoom, Patisserie de rouw, Regte Heide & Riels Laag, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen
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Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen ©
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen
Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Regte Heide & Riels Laag ©
Regte Heide & Riels Laag

2
nights
The Hague

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Zandmotor, then walk around Landgoed Clingendael, then take a peaceful walk through Haagse Bos, and finally explore the world behind art at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at museum Beelden aan Zee, kick back and relax at Scheveningen Beach, then contemplate the long history of Museum Paul Tetar van Elven, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria van Jessekerk.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our The Hague trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Utrecht to The Hague takes 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 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Delft
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee
Museum Paul Tetar van Elven ©
Museum Paul Tetar van Elven

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Landtong Rozenburg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, then buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, and finally look for gifts at Monsieur Saucisson.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rotterdam tour itinerary builder site .

Rotterdam is just a short distance from The Hague. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Landtong Rozenburg, Old Church
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Markthal ©
Markthal
Old Church ©
Old Church
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ©
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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