20 days in The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

20 days in The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
2
Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
3
Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
4
Paris, France
— 7 nights

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Albert Cuyp Market and Tertius Collection. Get in touch with nature at Hotel Scooters and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, look for gifts at De Kaaskamer, wander the streets of The Jordaan, and steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam holiday planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Amsterdam is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in May, things will get much colder in Amsterdam: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience

5
nights
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Visiting Zandvoort aan Zee and Strand Camperduin will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Callantsoog Beach and Strand Egmond aan Zee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haarlem: Natuurgebied Zwanenwater (in Callantsoog), Keukenhof (in Lisse) and Badstrand Hargen aan Zee (in Groet). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bloemendaal Beach, identify plant and animal life at Noordhollands Duinreservaat, get a taste of the local shopping with De Vishal, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Haarlem visit planner.

Haarlem is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In May in Haarlem, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Haarlem

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bloemendaal, Callantsoog, Zandvoort aan Zee, Keukenhof, Badstrand Hargen aan Zee
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Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Callantsoog Beach ©
Callantsoog Beach

3
nights
Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Get in touch with nature at National park Dwingelderveld and Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden. Get out of town with these interesting Giethoorn side-trips: Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen) and National Park Drentsche Aa (in Oudemolen). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along De Wieden.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Giethoorn tour planner.

Traveling by car from Haarlem to Giethoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sint Jansklooster, National park Dwingelderveld, Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld, National Park Drentsche Aa
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Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden ©
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
National park Dwingelderveld ©
National park Dwingelderveld
Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld ©
Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld

7
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Head to Le Marais and L'Art du Palaisfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups and Canal Saint-Martin. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt), L'Orangerie (in Versailles) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Giethoorn to Paris. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Versailles, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, L'Arche Feline, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, Parc et Jardin du Chateau de Vandrimare
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

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