24 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly to Cologne Bonn, Train to Maastricht
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Train to Amsterdam
— 7 nights


Maastricht — 1 night

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): play a few rounds at Golfbaan Echt-Susteren and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at GaiaZOO. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, then Head underground at Maastricht Underground, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint Matthiaskerk, and finally enjoy some diversion at EuroParcs Resort Limburg.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maastricht travel app.

Istanbul, Turkey to Maastricht is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Istanbul to Maastricht due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in May; daily highs in Maastricht reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Apeldoorn.
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Apeldoorn — 3 nights

Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kroller-Muller Museum and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum. Take a break from the city and head to Natuurgebied Holtingerveld and Schaapskudde Ruinen. Explore Apeldoorn's surroundings by going to Modekwartier (in Arnhem) and Zwolle (Westerveldse Bos & Spas). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Paleis Het Loo, get to know the resident critters at Apenheul, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Klompenpad.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Apeldoorn trip planner.

You can drive from Maastricht to Apeldoorn in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Apeldoorn can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Groningen.
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Groningen — 2 nights

On the 17th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Kinderboerderij de Naturij, then make a trip to Synagogue Groningen, then explore the world behind art at Groninger Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jozef Israels monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at Waterlelie, examine the collection at Fries Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Winkelstraat Nieuwe Oosterstraat.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Groningen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Apeldoorn to Groningen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Schiermonnikoog.
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Schiermonnikoog — 3 nights

Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Visit Noordertoren and Vredenhof for their historical value. Bunkermuseum Schlei and Hijrre Pottenbakkerij will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Oosterstrand, identify plant and animal life at Eilander Balg Express, appreciate the history behind Statue "de Schiere Monnik", and head off the coast to Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Schiermonnikoog day trip planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Groningen to Schiermonnikoog. When traveling from Groningen in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Schiermonnikoog, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Terschelling.
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Terschelling — 3 nights

One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Groene strand and Centrum voor Natuur en Landschap. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bunkers Terschelling and Vuurtoren Brandaris. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat, look for all kinds of wild species at Noordkaap Nederland, examine the collection at Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak, and cruise along Terschelling Eilandtuks.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Terschelling travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Schiermonnikoog to Terschelling. In May in Terschelling, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Texel.
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Texel — 4 nights

Get outdoors at Calidris Birdsafaries and Utopia. Museum-lovers will appreciate Oudheidkamer Texel and Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Texel vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Terschelling to Texel in 2 hours. In May in Texel, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Amsterdam.
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Museum Het Rembrandthuis and Portuguese Synagogue. Get outdoors at Herengracht and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Utrecht (Dom Tower, St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, &more), Zuiderzeemuseum (in Enkhuizen) and Rotterdam (Lijnbaan, Midget Golfbaan Parkhaven, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, admire the masterpieces at Hermitage Amsterdam, and examine the collection at Body Worlds.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam online route maker.

Do a combination of ferry and train from Texel to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.