12 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands travel planner
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Leiden
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam
— 2 nights
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Haarlem
— 1 night
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The Hague
— 1 night
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Delft
— 1 night
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Rotterdam
— 2 nights
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Utrecht
— 1 day
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Den Bosch
— 2 nights
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Maastricht
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rijn (Rhine), Bootjes en Broodjes and Escaperoom Leiden. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a splash at Duinrell Amusement Park and then cool off at Tikibad. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at Escaperoom Leiden, get a new perspective on nature at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, then tour the water at your own pace with Bootjes en Broodjes, and finally explore the activities along Rijn (Rhine).

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Leiden route planning site.

Wassenaar to Leiden is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Jordaan, One Hour Lockup and ARTIS. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, test your problem-solving skills at One Hour Lockup, and then stroll around Vondelpark. On the next day, examine the collection at Anne Frank House and then stop by The Jordaan.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam vacation website.

Getting from Leiden to Amsterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to Haarlem.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Haarlem — 1 night

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
You've now added The Boardroom to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt and then get your game on at The Boardroom.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Haarlem route maker app.

Haarlem is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In December in Haarlem, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to The Hague.
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The Hague — 1 night

Judicial Capital of the World

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zandmotor as well as Madurodam. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Madurodam and then kick back and relax at Zandmotor.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our The Hague online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Haarlem to The Hague in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in The Hague can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Delft.
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Delft — 1 night

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hyper Bowling. On the 30th (Fri), make a trip to Beestenmarkt and then perfect your strike at Hyper Bowling.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Delft online itinerary maker.

Delft is very close to The Hague. December in Delft sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rotterdam.
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Side Trip
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Rotterdam — 2 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

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.
On the 31st (Sat), snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge and then browse the different shops at Markthal. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk, then get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo, and then take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam itinerary planning website.

Rotterdam is very close to Delft. In December, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Utrecht.
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Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Utrecht — 1 day

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 2nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Canals area and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Utrecht day trip tool.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Utrecht in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Den Bosch.
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Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Den Bosch — 2 nights

The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Drakenfontein and then find something for the whole family at Efteling.

Plan my trip to Den Bosch with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Utrecht to Den Bosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Maastricht.
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Maastricht

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): Head underground at Maastricht Underground and then take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Maastricht trip planner.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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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