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Amsterdam — 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Jordaan and Micropia. Appreciate the collections at Museum Het Rembrandthuis and World Heritage Kinderdijk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Thermen Sauna Papendrecht (in Papendrecht), Utrecht (Dom Tower, Canals area, &more) and St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, explore the activities along The Amstel, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Amsterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Leeuwarden.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fries Museum and Groninger Museum. Get in touch with nature at Kinderboerderij de Naturij and Groote Zand Hooghalen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leeuwarden: Museum Vosbergen (in Eelde), SpaWell (in Peize) and Jozef Israels monument (in Groningen). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Winkelstraat Nieuwe Oosterstraat, try to win big at Holland Casino Leeuwarden, sample the tasty concoctions at Sonnema, and take advantage of the amenities at Swimfun.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Leeuwarden online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Leeuwarden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Leeuwarden can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Maastricht.
Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Baths
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Maastricht — 1 night

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): Head underground at Maastricht Underground, go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, then make a trip to Vrijthof, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Wellnessresort Sittard.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Maastricht sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Leeuwarden to Maastricht in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Maastricht can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Spas · Historic Sites · Nature
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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.