40 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

40 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands travel route planner
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Amsterdam
— 4 nights
Train
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Zaandam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Volendam
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Alkmaar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Haarlem
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Lisse
— 2 nights
Drive
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The Hague
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Delft
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rotterdam
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Kinderdijk
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Bourtange
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Giethoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Dronten
— 2 nights
Drive
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Otterlo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Maastricht
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thorn
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaatsheuvel
— 1 night
Drive
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Utrecht
— 1 night
Drive
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Woerden
— 3 nights
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Texel
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Amsterdam — 4 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam online tour itinerary planner.

East London, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zaandam.
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Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Zaandam — 2 nights

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at The Tsar Peter House, visit Stadshart Zaandam, take some stellar pictures from Specerijenmagazijn Indie's Welvaren, then relax in the rural setting at Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm, then make a trip to Molen De Kat, and finally examine the collection at Zaanse Schans. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Windmillamsterdam, see the interesting displays at Zaans Museum, contemplate the long history of Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, steep yourself in history at Het Jonge Schaap, then admire the striking features of De Zoeker Molen, and finally take a tour by water with Windmill Cruises.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zaandam trip itinerary maker app.

Zaandam is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In June, daytime highs in Zaandam are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Volendam.
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Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Volendam — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik, experience the excitement of Experience Volendam, then look for gifts at Cheese Factory Volendam, then make a trip to Wooden Shoe Factory, and finally see the interesting displays at Mondial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw, then get engrossed in the history at Zuiderzeemuseum, and then have some family-friendly fun at Foto de Boer.

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Volendam is very close to Zaandam. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Alkmaar.
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Find places to stay Jun 25 — 27:

Alkmaar — 2 nights

Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Landgoed Hoenderdaell, don't miss a visit to Grote Sint Laurenskerk, and then ponder the world of politics at Alkmaar City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Alkmaar cheese market, then see the interesting displays at Hollands Kaasmuseum, then appreciate the history behind Kissing Cheesegirl, and finally stroll through Strand Egmond aan Zee.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alkmaar day trip planning website.

Getting from Volendam to Alkmaar by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Alkmaar can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Haarlem.
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Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Haarlem — 2 nights

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Stadhuis Haarlem, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, then see the interesting displays at Teylers Museum, and finally make a trip to Vleeshal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): explore the world behind art at De Vishal, then stroll through Zandvoort aan Zee, then explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Proveniershof.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Haarlem trip itinerary planning tool.

Haarlem is very close to Alkmaar. In June in Haarlem, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lisse.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Lisse — 2 nights

Lisse is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. On the 2nd (Sat), experience rural life at De Tulperij, then make a splash at Duinrell Amusement Park, then get to know the resident critters at Vogelpark Avifauna, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Pilates Club. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruine De Oude Toren-Ruine van de Oude Matthias-kerk Warmond, tour in harmony with nature at Renzy, then relax in the rural setting at Old Zandvliet Farm, then admire the natural beauty at Keukenhof, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hoeve Wassergeest.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lisse day trip website.

You can drive from Haarlem to Lisse in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to The Hague.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

The Hague — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the galleries of Madurodam and then admire the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Panorama Mesdag, explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then ponder the world of politics at Peace Palace, then take a leisurely stroll along De Pier Scheveningen, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Skyview De Pier.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read The Hague online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lisse to The Hague takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in The Hague sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Delft.
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Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Delft — 2 nights

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, don't miss a visit to Markt, get engrossed in the history at Het steen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, and finally make a trip to Beestenmarkt.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Delft trip itinerary tool.

Delft is just a short distance from The Hague. In July, daytime highs in Delft are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Rotterdam.
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Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Rotterdam — 2 nights

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.
Rotterdam is known for sightseeing, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, see the interesting displays at Kijk-Kubus, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rotterdam trip itinerary website.

Rotterdam is just a stone's throw from Delft. In July in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kinderdijk.
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Kinderdijk — 2 nights

Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15km east of Rotterdam. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum Johannes Post, relax and rejuvenate at Wellness Ridderkerk, then browse the exhibits of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Kinderdijk.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kinderdijk day trip planner.

Kinderdijk is very close to Rotterdam. July in Kinderdijk sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bourtange.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Bourtange — 2 nights

Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. Change things up with these side-trips from Bourtange: Drouwenerzand Attractiepark (in Drouwen), Emmen (Northern Zoo, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen, &more) and Borger (Hunebed Centre, D27, &more). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Vesting Bourtange, experience rural life at De Sikkepit Vestingboerderij Bourtange, and shop like a local with Kloosterboederij Bleyendael.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bourtange sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Kinderdijk to Bourtange in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Giethoorn.
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Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Giethoorn — 2 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at De Orchideeen Hoeve, see the interesting displays at De Oude Aarde, then examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then examine the collection at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Adventskerk, join the crowd at TT Races, then contemplate the long history of Kamp Westerbork, and finally see the interesting displays at Drents Museum.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Giethoorn day trip planner.

You can drive from Bourtange to Giethoorn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Giethoorn sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dronten.
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Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Dronten — 2 nights

Dronten is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Flevoland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Walibi Holland and then pause for some photo ops at Vischpoort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at 11 Beaufort, examine the collection at Museum Schokland, get engrossed in the history at Museum Het Oude Raadhuis, then visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Urk, then pause for some photo ops at Het Vissersmonument, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kerkje aan de Zee.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dronten road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Giethoorn to Dronten takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Dronten can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Otterlo.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Otterlo — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Paleis Het Loo, get a new perspective on nature at Museonder, then examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, and finally hike along Oerrr op het Mosselse Zand. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Hoge Veluwe National Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Otterlo online route planner.

Traveling by car from Dronten to Otterlo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Otterlo, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Maastricht.
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Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Maastricht — 2 nights

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 20th (Wed), look for gifts at De Winkel Van Nijntje, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Servatius, make a trip to Boekhandel Dominicanen, then make a trip to Vrijthof, then pause for some photo ops at Standbeeld van Minckelers, and finally don't miss a visit to Market Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady, explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, then Head underground at Maastricht Underground, and finally make a trip to Saint Servaasbridge.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Maastricht trip maker website.

You can drive from Otterlo to Maastricht in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Thorn.
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Thorn — 1 night

Thorn is a town in the municipality of Maasgouw, in the Dutch province of Limburg. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum Back in Time, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretokapel, get in on the family fun at Valdeludo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museum Abdijkerk Thorn, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michaelskerk (Abbey Church).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Thorn trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Maastricht to Thorn in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Thorn, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

Kaatsheuvel — 1 night

Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of De Kerkhovense Molen and then find something for the whole family at Efteling.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kaatsheuvel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Thorn to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Kaatsheuvel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Utrecht.
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Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Utrecht — 1 night

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Kasteel de Haar, see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), and then get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Utrecht vacation maker.

Drive from Kaatsheuvel to Utrecht in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. July in Utrecht sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Woerden.
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Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Woerden — 3 nights

Woerden is a city and a municipality in the central Netherlands. Step out of Woerden to go to Schoonhoven and see Zilvermuseum, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen, see the interesting displays at Stadsmuseum Woerden, walk around Goudse Hout, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote- of St.-Michaelskerk Oudewater.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Woerden route tool.

You can drive from Utrecht to Woerden in an hour. Another option is to drive. July in Woerden sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Texel.
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Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Texel

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Texel sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Woerden to Texel by journey takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In July in Texel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

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.
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