18 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Amsterdam
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Rotterdam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maastricht
— 2 nights
Drive
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Apeldoorn
— 1 night
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Groningen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam
— 10 nights
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Amsterdam

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Amsterdam at 26°C and lows at 15°C. You will leave for Rotterdam on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors · Museums

Rotterdam

— 2 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
You've now added Madurodam to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Madurodam, examine the collection at Dutch Pinball Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rotterdam driving holiday planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to Maastricht.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Maastricht

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 23rd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Brunssummerheide and then walk around Barefoot Park Brunssum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Maastricht online trip planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Maastricht in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Apeldoorn.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Apeldoorn

— 1 night
Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Paleis Het Loo as well as Apenheul. On the 25th (Wed), take a peaceful walk through Paleispark Het Loo, then admire the natural beauty at Paleis Het Loo, and then trek along Klimbos Veluwe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): walk around Park Berg en Bos and then meet the residents at Apenheul.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Apeldoorn day trip app.

You can drive from Maastricht to Apeldoorn in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Apeldoorn, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Groningen.

Things to do in Apeldoorn

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails · Museums

Groningen

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Infoversum, see the interesting displays at Universiteitsmuseum Groningen, and then get outside with Klimcentrum Bjoeks.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Groningen itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Apeldoorn to Groningen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Amsterdam

— 10 nights

Venice of the North

Discover out-of-the-way places like Zuiderzeemuseum and Dom Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik (in Hoorn), Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee) and Canals area (in Utrecht). Enjoy Amsterdam some more: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Amstel, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, and explore the activities along Herengracht.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip planning site.

Drive from Groningen to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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.