40 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

40 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Amsterdam
— 4 nights
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Zaandam
— 2 nights
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Volendam
— 2 nights
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Alkmaar
— 2 nights
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Haarlem
— 2 nights
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Lisse
— 2 nights
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The Hague
— 2 nights
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Delft
— 2 nights
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Rotterdam
— 2 nights
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Kinderdijk
— 2 nights
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Bourtange
— 2 nights
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Giethoorn
— 2 nights
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Dronten
— 2 nights
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Otterlo
— 2 nights
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Maastricht
— 2 nights
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Thorn
— 1 night
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Kaatsheuvel
— 1 night
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Utrecht
— 1 night
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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: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market, stroll around Vondelpark, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam visit planner.

East London, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from East London to Amsterdam. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from East London in April, with highs in Amsterdam at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zaandam.
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Zaandam — 2 nights

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at The Tsar Peter House, take a stroll through Stadshart Zaandam, take some stellar pictures from Specerijenmagazijn Indie's Welvaren, experience rural life at Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm, then make a trip to Molen De Kat, and finally see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Windmillamsterdam, see the interesting displays at Zaans Museum, steep yourself in history at Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, then steep yourself in history at Het Jonge Schaap, then admire the landmark architecture of De Zoeker Molen, and finally head outdoors with Windmill Cruises.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Zaandam sightseeing planning tool.

Zaandam is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In May, daytime highs in Zaandam are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Volendam.
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Volendam — 2 nights

On the 4th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum Stoomtram Hoorn-Medemblik, watch a film at Experience Volendam, stop by Cheese Factory Volendam, then don't miss a visit to Wooden Shoe Factory, and finally examine the collection at Mondial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw, then get engrossed in the history at Zuiderzeemuseum, and then get your game on at Foto de Boer.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Volendam tour planning app.

Volendam is just a short distance from Zaandam. May in Volendam sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alkmaar.
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Alkmaar — 2 nights

Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 6th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at Landgoed Hoenderdaell, then make a trip to Grote Sint Laurenskerk, and then get a sense of history and politics at Alkmaar City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Alkmaar cheese market, examine the collection at Hollands Kaasmuseum, then appreciate the history behind Kissing Cheesegirl, and finally stroll through Strand Egmond aan Zee.

Make your Alkmaar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Volendam to Alkmaar in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Haarlem.
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Haarlem — 2 nights

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Stadhuis Haarlem, steep yourself in history at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, then examine the collection at Teylers Museum, and finally make a trip to Vleeshal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at De Vishal, then stroll through Zandvoort aan Zee, then explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Proveniershof.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Haarlem sightseeing planner.

Haarlem is very close to Alkmaar. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lisse.
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Lisse — 2 nights

Lisse is a town and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. On the 10th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at De Tulperij, make a splash at Duinrell Amusement Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vogelpark Avifauna, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Pilates Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Ruine De Oude Toren-Ruine van de Oude Matthias-kerk Warmond, tour in harmony with nature at Renzy, then go for a walk through Old Zandvliet Farm, then admire the natural beauty at Keukenhof, and finally don't miss a visit to Hoeve Wassergeest.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Lisse online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Haarlem to Lisse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Lisse, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to The Hague.
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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 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Madurodam and then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. On your second day here, make a trip to Panorama Mesdag, admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), ponder the world of politics at Peace Palace, then take a leisurely stroll along De Pier Scheveningen, and finally get great views at Skyview De Pier.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the The Hague trip 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. In May in The Hague, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Delft.
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Delft — 2 nights

Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): 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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, and finally make a trip to Beestenmarkt.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Delft trip itinerary maker.

Delft is just a stone's throw from The Hague. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.
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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: admire the striking features of Euromast, stop by Monsieur Saucisson, snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip itinerary planner.

Rotterdam is very close to Delft. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Kinderdijk.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum Johannes Post, indulge in some personalized pampering at Wellness Ridderkerk, then explore the galleries of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Kinderdijk.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kinderdijk tour itinerary planner.

Kinderdijk is just a stone's throw from Rotterdam. May in Kinderdijk sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bourtange.
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Bourtange — 2 nights

Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. Venture out of the city with trips to Borger (Hunebed Centre, D27, &more), Emmen (Northern Zoo, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen, &more) and Drouwenerzand Attractiepark (in Drouwen). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Vesting Bourtange and experience rural life at Kloosterboederij Bleyendael.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bourtange trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kinderdijk to Bourtange takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Giethoorn.
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Giethoorn — 2 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. On the 22nd (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at De Orchideeen Hoeve, examine the collection at De Oude Aarde, examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then examine the collection at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Adventskerk, then join the crowd at TT Races, then contemplate the long history of Kamp Westerbork, and finally examine the collection at Drents Museum.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Giethoorn road trip planning tool.

Drive from Bourtange to Giethoorn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dronten.
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Dronten — 2 nights

Dronten is a municipality and a town in the central Netherlands, in the province of Flevoland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Walibi Holland and then admire the striking features of Vischpoort. On your second day here, get curious at 11 Beaufort, see the interesting displays at Museum Schokland, take an in-depth tour of Museum Het Oude Raadhuis, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse Urk, then pause for some photo ops at Het Vissersmonument, and finally make a trip to Kerkje aan de Zee.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dronten vacation maker.

You can drive from Giethoorn to Dronten in an hour. May in Dronten sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Otterlo.
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Otterlo — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Paleis Het Loo, learn more about the world around you at Museonder, then examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, and finally trek along Oerrr op het Mosselse Zand. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Hoge Veluwe National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Otterlo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dronten to Otterlo in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Maastricht.
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Maastricht — 2 nights

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at De Winkel Van Nijntje, admire the striking features of Basilica of St. Servatius, make a trip to Boekhandel Dominicanen, then don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, then pause for some photo ops at Standbeeld van Minckelers, and finally don't miss a visit to Market Square. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady, explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, and finally make a trip to Saint Servaasbridge.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Maastricht online journey planner.

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 May in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Thorn.
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Thorn — 1 night

Thorn is a town in the municipality of Maasgouw, in the Dutch province of Limburg. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum Back in Time, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretokapel, find something for the whole family 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).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Thorn tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Maastricht to Thorn in an hour. Another option is to drive. In May, daytime highs in Thorn are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaatsheuvel.
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Kaatsheuvel — 1 night

Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. On the 31st (Tue), pause for some photo ops at De Kerkhovense Molen and then get in on the family fun at Efteling.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kaatsheuvel trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Thorn to Kaatsheuvel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Kaatsheuvel sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Utrecht.
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Utrecht — 1 night

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kasteel de Haar, then examine the collection at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Utrecht trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kaatsheuvel to Utrecht in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Woerden.
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Woerden — 3 nights

Woerden is a city and a municipality in the central Netherlands. When in Woerden, make a side trip to see Zilvermuseum in Schoonhoven, approximately Schoonhoven away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Reeuwijkse Plassen, stroll around Goudse Hout, catch some excitement at Kaaspakhuis, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brouwerij de Molen.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Woerden day trip planning site.

You can drive from Utrecht to Woerden in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Woerden sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Texel.
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Texel

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Texel trip itinerary planner.

You can travel from Woerden to Texel in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Woerden in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Texel: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Sat).
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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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