48 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Amsterdam
— 13 nights
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Haarlem
— 4 nights
Drive
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Leiden
— 4 nights
Drive
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The Hague
— 4 nights
Drive
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Delft
— 3 nights
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Rotterdam
— 3 nights
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Utrecht
— 3 nights
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Eindhoven
— 3 nights
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Maastricht
— 3 nights
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Ootmarsum
— 3 nights
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Giethoorn
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam — 13 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.
Head to Leiden Square (Leidseplein) and De 9 Straatjesfor some retail therapy. Visiting Boat Tours & Water Sports and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht) will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk), Tafelbergheide (in Blaricum) and Edam (Het Damplein, Wijn & Kaas speciaalzaak, &more). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Kennemer Dunes National Park. The adventure continues: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, explore the activities along Singel, and examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planning website.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Jeddah in November, expect Amsterdam to be cooler, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Haarlem.
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Haarlem — 4 nights

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Shop till you drop at Galerie Gemund and Alkmaar cheese market. Step out of the city life by going to Strand Egmond aan Zee and Schoorlse Duinen. Explore Haarlem's surroundings by going to Duinreservaat Castricum (in Castricum) and Alkmaar (Boom Klompen & Borstels & Kissing Cheesegirl). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), admire the landmark architecture of Waalse Kerk Haarlem, contemplate the long history of Stadhuis Haarlem, and explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Haarlem sightseeing planner.

Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leiden.
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Leiden — 4 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Let the collections at Museum Volkenkunde and Molenmuseum de Valk capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kasteel Duivenvoorde and Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825. When in Leiden, make a side trip to see Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen in Woerdense Verlaat, approximately Woerdense Verlaat away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Het Strand Van Noordwijk Aan Zeedd, admire the landmark architecture of Rijksmonument Jean Pesijnhofje Leiden, go for a walk through Old Zandvliet Farm, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pieterskerk Leiden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Leiden vacation builder website.

You can drive from Haarlem to Leiden in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Leiden are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to The Hague.
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The Hague — 4 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and Van Kleef & Zoon. Do some cultural sightseeing at Madurodam and Panorama Mesdag. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Balanzs Yoga & More, kick back and relax at Scheveningen Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at ABC Beers - Tastings, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Life Scheveningen.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our The Hague trip maker app.

The Hague is very close to Leiden. In November, daily temperatures in The Hague can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Delft.
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Delft — 3 nights

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Museum Prinsenhof Delft and TU Delft Science Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Old Church and Gemeenlandshuis van Delfland. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, take a stroll through Agnetapark, don't miss a visit to Markt, and get behind the scenes at PAAUW the delft blue factory.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Delft day trip planner.

Delft is just a short distance from The Hague. In November, daily temperatures in Delft can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.
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Rotterdam — 3 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.
You've now added Dutch Pinball Museum to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kunstkubus Rotterdam and Kijk-Kubus. World Heritage Kinderdijk and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rotterdam: Thermen Binnenmaas (in 's Gravendeel) and Natuurgebied Dintelse Gorzen (in De Heen). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Markthal, snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, sample the tasty concoctions at Kaapse Brouwers, and make a trip to The Red Apple.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam travel route planning app.

Rotterdam is very close to Delft. In December in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Utrecht.
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Utrecht — 3 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Get some cultural insight at De Zeven Steegjes van Utrecht and Kasteel de Haar. Let the collections at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and DOMunder capture your imagination. When in Utrecht, make a side trip to see Nationaal Park Veluwezoom in Rheden, approximately Rheden away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum Speelklok, and enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Utrecht trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Eindhoven.
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Eindhoven — 3 nights

Design Capital of Europe

Eindhoven is bursting with energy and is the perfect city to recharge during a day trip or staycation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like DAF Museum and St. Catharinakerk. Natuurmuseum Brabant and Van Abbemuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Eindhoven: Textile Museum (in Tilburg) and Designer Outlet Roermond (in Roermond). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Dierenrijk and admire the striking features of De Blob.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Eindhoven trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Utrecht to Eindhoven in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to Maastricht.
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Maastricht — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Boekhandel Dominicanen and Helpoort - Vesting Museum Maastricht. Let the collections at Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof and Natural History Museum (Natuurhistorisch Museum) capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, don't miss a visit to City Hall of Maastricht, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Servatius, and admire the masterpieces at Bonnefanten Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Maastricht online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Eindhoven to Maastricht takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Maastricht sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. You'll set off for Ootmarsum on the 13th (Tue).
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Ootmarsum — 3 nights

Ootmarsum is a town in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Get some cultural insight at Hot Marks Glasblazerij & De Duizendpoot and Castle and gardens Twickel. Appreciate the collections at Atelier- galerie Annemiek Punt and Openluchtmuseum Ootmarsum Het Land Van Heeren en Boeren. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sint Simon en Judaskerk, see the interesting displays at Museum Het Drostenhuis, explore the engaging exhibits at The Educatorium, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Ton Schulten.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ootmarsum travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Maastricht to Ootmarsum by car takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Giethoorn.
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Giethoorn — 3 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Get in touch with nature at IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) and Afsluitdijk. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at De Orchideeen Hoeve and identify plant and animal life at De Wieden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Giethoorn trip planner.

Getting from Ootmarsum to Giethoorn by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You will leave for home on the 19th (Mon).
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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.
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