14 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Cape Town


Amsterdam — 7 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.
Popular historic sites such as Dom Tower and Canals area are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Jordaan and De 9 Straatjes. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch), Wellness Centre de Thermen (in Rosmalen) and Rotterdam (Erasmus Bridge, Markthal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Body Worlds, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and steep yourself in history at Begijnhof.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam driving holiday app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in February: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Leeuwarden.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Leeuwarden — 3 nights

Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mummie kelder Hervormde Kerk Wiuwert and Winkelstraat Nieuwe Oosterstraat. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fries Museum and Groninger Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leeuwarden: De Kasteelhoeve (in Staphorst), Het Friese Woud (in Boijl) and Ruine Kasteel Toutenburg (in Vollenhove). And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sonnema, appreciate the history behind 'Peerd van Ome Loeks', ponder the world of politics at Provincial House (Provinciehuis), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Leeuwarden road trip website.

Getting from Amsterdam to Leeuwarden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Leeuwarden are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gouda.
Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Breweries & Distilleries
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Gouda — 1 night

Gouda is a municipality and city in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint Janskerk, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Elysium, then gain insight at World Heritage Kinderdijk, and finally steep yourself in history at Rijksmonument De Visbanken.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Gouda trip maker tool.

You can drive from Leeuwarden to Gouda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Gouda are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maastricht.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Maastricht — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koepelkerk, explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, then admire the landmark architecture of Boekhandel Dominicanen, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Maastricht trip planner.

Getting from Gouda to Maastricht by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Spas · Historic Sites
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The Netherlands travel guide

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.