18 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands Trip Planner

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Delft
— 2 nights
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Leiden
— 2 nights
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Utrecht
— 2 nights
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Amersfoort
— 2 nights
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Haarlem
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam
— 7 nights
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Delft

— 2 nights
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hoek van Holland beach, contemplate the long history of Old Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, then see the interesting displays at Science Centre Delft, then admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, and finally stroll around Agnetapark.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Delft trip itinerary builder site.

Bleiswijk to Delft is an approximately half hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Leiden.

Things to do in Delft

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Leiden

— 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Rijn (Rhine), take in the architecture and design of Einstein's Sink, and then make a splash at Duinrell Amusement Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk and then sample the tasty concoctions at Brouwerij de Molen.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Leiden day trip app.

You can drive from Delft to Leiden in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Leiden

Theme Parks · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Utrecht

— 2 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brouwerij de Molen.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Utrecht journey site.

Getting from Leiden to Utrecht by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. May in Utrecht sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Amersfoort.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Amersfoort

— 2 nights
Amersfoort is a municipality and the second largest city of the province of Utrecht in central Netherlands. You've now added Nationaal Park Veluwezoom to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Nationaal Park Veluwezoom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark, and then snap pictures at The John Frost Bridge - John Frostbrug.

Plan my day in Amersfoort using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Amersfoort is very close to Utrecht. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amersfoort

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Haarlem

— 2 nights

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
You've now added Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then take in a show at Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem, then explore the world behind art at De Hallen Haarlem, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Corrie ten Boom House, then look for gifts at Kaashuis Tromp, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Haarlem trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amersfoort to Haarlem takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Amsterdam

— 7 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Palace Amsterdam as well as Zaanse Schans. Kids will enjoy Hoek van Holland beach and Het Twiske. Get a sense of the local culture at Magere Brug and Noorderkerk. There's lots more to do: choose your vessel at Sloepdelen Boat Rental, hunt for treasures at Bloemenmarkt, and get a taste of the local shopping with TASCHEN Store Amsterdam.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Amsterdam journey planner.

Amsterdam is just a stone's throw from Haarlem. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.