22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Maastricht
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Maastricht
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kaatsheuvel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Apeldoorn
— 4 nights
Train to Den Helder Zuid, Ferry to Texel
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Texel
— 4 nights
Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam
— 8 nights
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Maastricht

— 3 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maastricht Underground and Boekhandel Dominicanen. Take a break from Maastricht with a short trip to GaiaZOO in Kerkrade, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, see the interesting displays at Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg Maastricht, tour the pleasant surroundings at Op Ezel Avontuur, and go for a walk through Rodelbaan.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Maastricht is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Jeddah in September, with highs in Maastricht at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Kaatsheuvel

— 2 nights
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Efteling. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then stroll around Streekcentrum Ooievaarsdorp Het Liesvelt.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kaatsheuvel online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Maastricht to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Apeldoorn.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Apeldoorn

— 4 nights
Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum and Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark. Venture out of the city with trips to Glider Collection Wolfheze (in Wolfheze), Groningen (Stadhuis Groningen & Groninger Museum) and Airborne Cemetery (in Oosterbeek). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Apenheul, examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, admire the striking features of Arnhem Central Station, and don't miss a visit to The Man with the two hats.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Apeldoorn travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Apeldoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September in Apeldoorn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Texel.

Things to do in Apeldoorn

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Texel

— 4 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecomare and War Cemetery Den Burg. Take a break from Texel with a short trip to Acon Dirt Track Racing in Sint Maarten, about 58 minutes away.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Texel trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Apeldoorn to Texel in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Texel

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Amsterdam

— 8 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum Quarter and Herengracht. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Utrecht (Kanoverhuur aan de Gracht, Canals area, &more), Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop (in Zaandam) and Beeld Laurens Janszoon Coster (in Haarlem). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Amstel, and make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Texel to Amsterdam takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.