21 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

21 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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21 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Schiermonnikoog
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
2
Ballum, Ameland
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Terschelling
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
De Cocksdorp, Texel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Den Helder
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Balkbrug
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Domburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Amsterdam
— 4 nights
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog ©
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Shellmuseum, take in the exciting artwork at Hijrre Pottenbakkerij, steep yourself in history at Bunker Wassermann, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunkermuseum Schlei, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Oosterstrand, stroll the grounds of Vredenhof, then make a trip to Gallery Ogygia, then pause for some photo ops at Statue "de Schiere Monnik", and finally hike along Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Schiermonnikoog trip itinerary maker tool .

Amsterdam to Schiermonnikoog is an approximately 11-hour flight. In October, daily temperatures in Schiermonnikoog can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ballum.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog ©
Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog
Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad ©
Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad
Oosterstrand ©
Oosterstrand

1
day
Ballum, Ameland

Ballum ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Abraham Fock, explore and take pictures at Koren- En Mosterdmolen de Verwachting, then get engrossed in the history at Cultuurhistorisch museum Sorgdrager, then look for gifts at Kaasboerderij Ameland, and finally examine the collection at Nobels Nostalgisch Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ballum day trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Schiermonnikoog to Ballum. In October in Ballum, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Terschelling.

Things to do in Ballum

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Hollum
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Nobels Nostalgisch Museum ©
Nobels Nostalgisch Museum
Abraham Fock ©
Abraham Fock
Cultuurhistorisch museum Sorgdrager ©

2
nights
Terschelling

Terschelling ©
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Sint Janskerk Hoorn Terschelling, examine the collection at Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat, then look for all kinds of wild species at Noordkaap, and finally see the interesting displays at Wrakkenmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: get lost in a book at Bibliotheek Terschelling, see the interesting displays at Centrum voor Natuur en Landschap, then get great views at Bunkers Terschelling, then get engrossed in the history at Museum 't Behouden Huys, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Brandaris.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Terschelling trip planner .

Drive from Ballum to Terschelling in 5 hours. In October in Terschelling, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to De Cocksdorp.

Things to do in Terschelling

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat ©
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat
Wrakkenmuseum ©
Wrakkenmuseum

3
nights
De Cocksdorp, Texel

De Cocksdorp ©
De Cocksdorp is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel and Golfbaan De Texelse. Get in touch with nature at Dunes of Texel National Park and Sommeltjespad. Go for a jaunt from De Cocksdorp to Den Hoorn to see Novalishoeve about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, steep yourself in history at De Hervormde Kerk van Den Burg Texel uit 1452, take in the exciting artwork at Eiland Galerij, and see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our De Cocksdorp holiday builder website .

You can drive from Terschelling to De Cocksdorp in 5 hours. In October in De Cocksdorp, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Den Helder.

Things to do in De Cocksdorp

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Texel
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Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Sommeltjespad ©
Sommeltjespad
Golfbaan De Texelse ©
Golfbaan De Texelse

3
nights
Den Helder

Den Helder ©
Den Helder is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Take a break from the city and head to Strand Camperduin and De Hoge Berg. Step off the beaten path and head to Boat rental Ouweseun and Oranjerie De Groene Parel Den Helder. Change things up with these side-trips from Den Helder: Kwekerij Siem Munster (Tulip Excursion) (in Slootdorp), De haan watersport (in Workum) and Bezoek Agriport (in Middenmeer). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Natuurgebied Zwanenwater, contemplate the long history of Molen de Traanroeier Oudeschild Texel, and take in nature's colorful creations at Floratuin.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Den Helder tour itinerary planner .

Drive from De Cocksdorp to Den Helder in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Den Helder are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Balkbrug.

Things to do in Den Helder

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Oudeschild, Bezoek Agriport, Floratuin, Kwekerij Siem Munster (Tulip Excursion), Boat rental Ouweseun
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Strand Camperduin ©
Strand Camperduin
De Hoge Berg ©
De Hoge Berg

3
nights
Balkbrug

Balkbrug ©
Balkbrug is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Take a break from the city and head to Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden and National Park Drentsche Aa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Het Reestdal and Waterloopbos. Go for a jaunt from Balkbrug to Ruinen to see Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld about 42 minutes away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Balkbrug travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Den Helder to Balkbrug in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Domburg.

Things to do in Balkbrug

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

National Park Drentsche Aa, Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden, Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld, Waterloopbos
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Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden ©
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
Waterloopbos ©
Waterloopbos
Het Reestdal ©
Het Reestdal

2
nights
Domburg

Domburg ©
Domburg is a seaside resort on the North Sea, on the northwest coast of Walcheren in the Dutch province of Zeeland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve de Manteling, then don't miss a visit to Lighthouse Westkapelle (high), then kick back and relax at Badstrand, and finally admire the striking features of de Oostkerk van Middelburg uit 1667. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Domburg, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vrouwenpolder Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oostkapelle Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Domburg attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Balkbrug to Domburg takes 3 hours. Traveling from Balkbrug in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Domburg, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Domburg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lighthouse Westkapelle (high), Badstrand, de Oostkerk van Middelburg uit 1667, Vrouwenpolder Beach, Oostkapelle Beach
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Nature Reserve de Manteling ©
Nature Reserve de Manteling
Oostkapelle Beach ©
Oostkapelle Beach
Badstrand ©
Badstrand

4
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to Flying Dutch Boats and ARTIS. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Jordaan and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Step out of Amsterdam to go to Lisse and see Keukenhof, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vondelpark, and explore the engaging exhibits at NEMO Science Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner .

You can drive from Domburg to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Domburg in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Amsterdam, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Flying Dutch Boats ©
Flying Dutch Boats
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) ©
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

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