16 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

16 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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16 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Porto
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h
1
Maastricht
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kaatsheuvel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Arnhem
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Groningen
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Taxi + Ferry:  4 h 45 min
5
Texel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Amsterdam
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Porto

2
nights
Maastricht

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 17th (Sun), tee off at Golfcourse Het Rijk van Margraten, explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, then take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen, and finally admire the natural beauty at Beeldentuin Maastricht. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Begraafplaats Margraten, snap pictures at Meanderende Swalm in het Groenewoud, and then walk around National Park de Meinweg.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Maastricht trip planner .

Porto, Portugal to Maastricht is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Maastricht. In May, daytime highs in Maastricht are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cadier en Keer, Netherlands American Cemetery, Meanderende Swalm in het Groenewoud, National Park de Meinweg
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Beeldentuin Maastricht ©
Beeldentuin Maastricht
Boekhandel Dominicanen ©
Boekhandel Dominicanen
Vrijthof ©
Vrijthof

2
nights
Kaatsheuvel

Kaatsheuvel ©
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk and then get in on the family fun at Efteling. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historische Kilometer, get to know the resident critters at Safaripark Beekse Bergen, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and finally play a few rounds at Golfclub Dorpswaard.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kaatsheuvel vacation tool .

You can drive from Maastricht to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Arnhem.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Theme Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Historische Kilometer, Safaripark Beekse Bergen, World Heritage Kinderdijk, Golfclub Dorpswaard, St. John's Cathedral
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Efteling ©
Efteling
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

2
nights
Arnhem

Arnhem ©
Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Apenheul, see the interesting displays at Kroller-Muller Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, and finally get to know the resident critters at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Hoge Veluwe National Park and then take an in-depth tour of Paleis Het Loo.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Arnhem trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Arnhem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Arnhem sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Groningen.

Things to do in Arnhem

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Apeldoorn, Hoge Veluwe National Park, Kroller-Muller Museum
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Paleis Het Loo ©
Paleis Het Loo
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum ©
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum
Kroller-Muller Museum ©
Kroller-Muller Museum

2
nights
Groningen

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll through The Bare Feet Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Groninger Museum, then bet on your favorite at TT Races, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Het Nederlands Stripmuseum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Drentsche Aa, and then experience rural life at De Sikkepit Vestingboerderij Bourtange.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Groningen tour website .

Traveling by car from Arnhem to Groningen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Groningen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Texel.

Things to do in Groningen

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

National Park Drentsche Aa, De Sikkepit Vestingboerderij Bourtange, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen, The Bare Feet Trail, TT Races
Highlights from your plan
The Bare Feet Trail ©
The Bare Feet Trail
Groninger Museum ©
Groninger Museum
De Sikkepit Vestingboerderij Bourtange ©

2
nights
Texel

Texel ©
On the 25th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Eiland Galerij, don't miss a visit to Lighthouse Texel, get to know the resident critters at Texel Zoo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Protestant Church, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Ecomare, and finally take an in-depth tour of Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Utopia, have some family-friendly fun at Zwembad De Krim, tee off at Golfbaan De Texelse, then get engrossed in the history at Cultuurhistorisch Museum Texel, then experience rural life at Wezenspyk, and finally browse for treasures at Boeken aan de Dijk.

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You can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry from Groningen to Texel in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Texel

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ecomare ©
Ecomare
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel
Protestant Church ©
Protestant Church

5
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zaanse Schans and The Jordaan. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Rotterdam (Markthal, Rotterdam Centraal Station, & more), Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland (in Delft) and Canals area (in Utrecht). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, browse the collection at OBA Library of Amsterdam, take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and make a trip to Museum Quarter.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Texel to Amsterdam takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rotterdam, Zaanse Schans, Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland, Canals area
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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