22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Callantsoog
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sint Jansklooster
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Utrecht
— 3 nights
Train:  45​min
5
The Hague
— 5 nights
Bus:  30​min
6
Rotterdam
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Dubai

6
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 and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Frans Hals Museum. Visit Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Janskerk (in Haarlem) and Zandvoort aan Zee (in Zandvoort). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and contemplate the waterfront views at Singel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip tool .

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. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in December: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Callantsoog.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Haarlem, Zandvoort aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Callantsoog

Callantsoog ©
Callantsoog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Callantsoog Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Camperduin, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Donkere Duinen. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at het strand van Bergen aan Zee and then hike along Kwekerij Siem Munster (Tulip Excursion).

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Callantsoog trip planning app .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Callantsoog in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sint Jansklooster.

Things to do in Callantsoog

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Donkere Duinen, Kwekerij Siem Munster (Tulip Excursion), het strand van Bergen aan Zee, Strand Camperduin
Highlights from your plan
Callantsoog Beach ©
Callantsoog Beach
het strand van Bergen aan Zee ©
het strand van Bergen aan Zee
Strand Camperduin ©
Strand Camperduin

1
night
Sint Jansklooster

Sint Jansklooster ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at De Wieden and then identify plant and animal life at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden.

Before you visit Sint Jansklooster, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Callantsoog to Sint Jansklooster takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sint Jansklooster are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Utrecht.

Things to do in Sint Jansklooster

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden ©
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
De Wieden ©
De Wieden

3
nights
Utrecht

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Get outdoors at Hoge Veluwe National Park and Nationaal Park Veluwezoom. Do your shopping at Fotodok and Gallery van Dun - Contemporary Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Utrecht: Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk) and Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen (in Woerdense Verlaat). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of De Zeven Steegjes van Utrecht.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Utrecht trip planner.

Drive from Sint Jansklooster to Utrecht in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Utrecht

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oisterwijk, Nationaal Park Veluwezoom, Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen, Hoge Veluwe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Nationaal Park Veluwezoom ©
Nationaal Park Veluwezoom
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen ©
Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen

5
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.
Museum Paul Tetar van Elven and Maria van Jessekerk will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and museum Beelden aan Zee. Explore The Hague's surroundings by going to Het Strand Van Noordwijk Aan Zeedd (in Noordwijk) and Strand van Katwijk aan Zee (in Katwijk). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Zandmotor, stroll through Scheveningen Beach, take a peaceful walk through Haagse Bos, and browse the exhibits of Panorama Mesdag.

Plan a The Hague trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Utrecht to The Hague in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rotterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Delft, Het Strand Van Noordwijk Aan Zeedd, Strand van Katwijk aan Zee
Highlights from your plan
Madurodam ©
Madurodam
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee

4
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.
Visiting Vrouwenpolder Beach and Regte Heide & Riels Laag will get you outdoors. Explore Rotterdam's surroundings by going to National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen (in Drunen), Landtong Rozenburg (in Rozenburg) and Park Merwestein (in Dordrecht). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Natuurgebied Dintelse Gorzen and see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam trip itinerary planning app .

Rotterdam is just a stone's throw from The Hague. January in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Landtong Rozenburg, Vrouwenpolder Beach, Natuurgebied Dintelse Gorzen, National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen, Park Merwestein
Highlights from your plan
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ©
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Regte Heide & Riels Laag ©
Regte Heide & Riels Laag
Vrouwenpolder Beach ©
Vrouwenpolder Beach

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