10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly
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Leiden
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Utrecht
— 1 night
Drive
3
Giethoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Edam
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Amsterdam
— 2 nights

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Leiden — 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk, then engage your brain at CORPUS 'journey through the human body', and then see the interesting displays at Museum Volkenkunde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Leiden trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Leiden is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Leiden due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Leiden: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Utrecht.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Utrecht — 1 night

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): do sightseeing your way with Free Walking Tour Utrecht, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom Tower, examine the collection at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), then learn about all things military at National Military Museum, and finally look for gifts at It's a Present!.

Plan trip to Utrecht with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Leiden to Utrecht in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Giethoorn.
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Giethoorn — 2 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. On the 15th (Thu), examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, then examine the collection at Drents Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museum de Fundatie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to De Brink and then indulge in some personalized pampering at De Veluwse Bron.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Giethoorn trip planner.

Getting from Utrecht to Giethoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Edam.
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Edam — 2 nights

Edam is a city in the northwest Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw, then see the interesting displays at Westfries Museum, and then examine the collection at Mondial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Edam Cheese market, examine the collection at Fort Edam, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grote Kerk, and finally look for gifts at Hollandse Markt.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Edam online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Giethoorn to Edam by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Edam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam — 2 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.
On the 19th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and finally choose your vessel at Amsterdam Private Boat Tour - Day Tour. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Vondelpark, explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, then examine the collection at Anne Frank House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Amsterdam Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam is very close to Edam. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.
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