31 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

31 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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31 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  14​h
1
Amsterdam
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Groningen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Arnhem
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kaatsheuvel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Middelburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Maastricht
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h
End: Colombo

8
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 find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) & Beeld Laurens Janszoon Coster). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip planner.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Amsterdam is minus 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Colombo in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Groningen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Haarlem
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

5
nights
Groningen

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Groningen: IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) (in Makkum), Klimbos Avontuurlijk Paasloo (in Paasloo) and Atelier Beeldentuin Witharen (in Witharen). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at The Wadden Sea, view the masterpieces at Galerie MooiMan, see the interesting displays at Museumhuis Rams Woerthe, and ponder the world of politics at Rijksmonument Stadhuis Sneek uit 1550-1605.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Groningen online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Groningen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Arnhem.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sneek, Oude Stadsbegraafplaats, The Wadden Sea, Klimbos Avontuurlijk Paasloo, IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)
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Atelier Beeldentuin Witharen ©
Atelier Beeldentuin Witharen
The Wadden Sea ©
The Wadden Sea
IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) ©
IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)

4
nights
Arnhem

Arnhem ©
Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yellow Wings Flight Simulator (in Teuge), Broederenkerk (in Deventer) and Zwembad De Schaeck (in Twello). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Hoge Veluwe National Park, don't miss a visit to Zuidwolde, Nederland, examine the collection at Museumstation Beekbergen, and admire the landmark architecture of Huis Verwolde.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Arnhem trip planner .

Getting from Groningen to Arnhem by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Arnhem can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.

Things to do in Arnhem

Fun & Games Parks Nature

Side Trips

Museumstation Beekbergen, Yellow Wings Flight Simulator, Kroller-Muller Museum, Sauna Thermen Zuidwolde, Zwembad De Schaeck
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Yellow Wings Flight Simulator ©
Yellow Wings Flight Simulator
Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Airborne Cemetery ©
Airborne Cemetery

3
nights
Kaatsheuvel

Kaatsheuvel ©
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Explore Kaatsheuvel's surroundings by going to Breda (Miniaturenmuseum Breda, Reptile House De Aarde, & more), Bottle Distillery (in Eindhoven) and Oisterwijk (Gallery van Dun - Contemporary Art & De Kerkhovense Molen). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Efteling, appreciate the history behind Guy Gibson Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen, and get your game on at Escape Room Fort de Hel.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kaatsheuvel online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Arnhem to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Kaatsheuvel are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Middelburg.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Oisterwijk, Breda, Escape Room Fort de Hel, Bottle Distillery, Guy Gibson Memorial
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Bottle Distillery ©
Bottle Distillery
Efteling ©
Efteling
VR World ©
VR World

5
nights
Middelburg

Middelburg ©
Middelburg is a municipality and a city in the south-western Netherlands and the capital of the province of Zeeland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Middelburg: Bizarium (in Sluis), Theetuin De Mol (in Overslag) and De Onderneming (in Wissenkerke). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Klimbos Zeeuwse Helden, enjoy the sand and surf at Vrouwenpolder Beach, view the masterpieces at Galerie Het Oude Raadhuis, and admire the striking features of Zuidhavenpoort Zierikzee.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Middelburg visit website .

Drive from Kaatsheuvel to Middelburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kaatsheuvel in December, Middelburg is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Middelburg

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zierikzee, Hellevoetsluis, Veere, Vlissingen, De Onderneming
Highlights from your plan
Bizarium ©
Bizarium
Vrouwenpolder Beach ©
Vrouwenpolder Beach
Klimbos Zeeuwse Helden ©
Klimbos Zeeuwse Helden

5
nights
Maastricht

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Maastricht: St. Martinuskerk (in Venlo), St Michaelskerk (Abbey Church) (in Thorn) and Sint Annamolen Keent (in Weert). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament, go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, and do a tasting at Wijngaard Apostelhoeve.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Maastricht trip planner .

Getting from Middelburg to Maastricht by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Middelburg in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Maastricht. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Swalmen, Basiliek van het Heilig Sacrament, Kapel in 't Zand, St. Martinuskerk, Gulpener Bierhuys
Highlights from your plan
Netherlands American Cemetery ©
Netherlands American Cemetery
Sint Annamolen Keent ©
Sint Annamolen Keent

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