16 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands trip planner
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Fly
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Amsterdam
— 3 nights
Drive
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Groningen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Maastricht
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kaatsheuvel
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Bring the kids along to Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Royal Palace Amsterdam, and stroll around Vondelpark.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip website.

Manama, Bahrain to Amsterdam is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Manama to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Manama in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Groningen.
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Groningen — 5 nights

Kids will enjoy Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden and Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen. Change things up with these side-trips from Groningen: Emmen (Northern Zoo & Grote Kerk), Drents Museum (in Assen) and Leeuwarden (Emmakade Antiek & Fries Museum).

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Groningen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Groningen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Groningen can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Maastricht.
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Maastricht — 4 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

Attractions like MergelRijk and Castle Ruins & Velvet Cave make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Roermond (Designer Outlet Roermond & Isabelle Greend - Oolder Greend). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Servatius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady, and go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Maastricht journey tool.

You can drive from Groningen to Maastricht in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.
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Kaatsheuvel — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Efteling. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Safaripark Beekse Bergen, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaatsheuvel trip website.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Kaatsheuvel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Kaatsheuvel, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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