20 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

20 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Start: Cairo
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam
— 3 nights
Bus:  30 min
2
Haarlem
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Alkmaar
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Terschelling
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
De Koog, Texel
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Oostkapelle
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Maastricht
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
8
Eindhoven
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
9
Arnhem
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
10
Utrecht
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
11
Kinderdijk
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
12
Rotterdam
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
13
Delft
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
14
The Hague
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Cairo

3
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Let the collections at Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Pipe Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, get outside with Flying Dutch Boats, and contemplate the long history of Willet-Holthuysen Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Amsterdam is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Amsterdam. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect nights in Amsterdam to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are cooler, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
Haarlem

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, then examine the collection at Museum Haarlem, and then look for gifts at Melgers Wijn en Dranken. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at De Vishal, get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, contemplate the long history of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Proveniershof.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Haarlem day trip planner.

Haarlem is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Alkmaar.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) ©
Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

1
night
Alkmaar

Alkmaar ©
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Strand Egmond aan Zee and then browse the exhibits of Museummolen Schermer.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Alkmaar vacation builder tool.

Alkmaar is just a stone's throw from Haarlem. In January, daytime highs in Alkmaar are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Terschelling.

Things to do in Alkmaar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museummolen Schermer, Strand Egmond aan Zee
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Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Museummolen Schermer ©
Museummolen Schermer

1
night
Terschelling

Terschelling ©
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): head off the coast to Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat and then enjoy the sand and surf at Groene strand.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Terschelling visit planner.

Drive from Alkmaar to Terschelling in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to De Koog.

Things to do in Terschelling

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Groene strand ©
Groene strand
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat ©
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat

1
night
De Koog, Texel

De Koog ©
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): hike along Sommeltjespad, then stroll through Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our De Koog trip planner.

Drive from Terschelling to De Koog in 4.5 hours. In January in De Koog, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oostkapelle.

Things to do in De Koog

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Texel
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Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Sommeltjespad ©
Sommeltjespad

1
day
Oostkapelle

Oostkapelle ©
Oostkapelle is a village in the Dutch province of Zeeland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Oostkapelle Beach, stroll through Boulevard van Vlissingen, and then pause for some photo ops at Standbeeld Michiel Adriaanszoon de Ruyter uit 1841.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oostkapelle online travel planner.

Getting from De Koog to Oostkapelle by car takes about 4 hours. January in Oostkapelle sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Maastricht.

Things to do in Oostkapelle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Vlissingen
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Oostkapelle Beach ©
Oostkapelle Beach
Boulevard van Vlissingen ©
Boulevard van Vlissingen

1
night
Maastricht

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter, Head underground at Maastricht Underground, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Maastricht online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Oostkapelle to Maastricht takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Maastricht when traveling from Oostkapelle in January, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Eindhoven.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Netherlands American Cemetery
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Netherlands American Cemetery ©
Netherlands American Cemetery
Basilica of Our Lady ©
Basilica of Our Lady
Fort Sint Pieter ©
Fort Sint Pieter

1
night
Eindhoven

Eindhoven ©
The capital of Dutch industrial design, Eindhoven is known as the "City of Light." This is thanks to the technology company, Phillips, which has its base here and hosts many light projects in buildings around the city.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Beeldentuin Ruimte in Beeld and then take a peaceful walk through Strabrechtse Heide.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Eindhoven tour planning website.

You can take a bus from Maastricht to Eindhoven in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arnhem.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Wildlife Parks Trails

Side Trips

Beeldentuin Ruimte in Beeld, Strabrechtse Heide
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Strabrechtse Heide ©
Strabrechtse Heide
Beeldentuin Ruimte in Beeld ©
Beeldentuin Ruimte in Beeld

1
night
Arnhem

Arnhem ©
Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hoge Veluwe National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Arnhem trip simple and quick.

Drive from Eindhoven to Arnhem in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Arnhem

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hoge Veluwe National Park
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Hoge Veluwe National Park ©
Hoge Veluwe National Park

1
night
Utrecht

Utrecht
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Utrecht online travel planner.

Utrecht is very close to Arnhem. January in Utrecht sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Kinderdijk.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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1
night
Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk ©
Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15km east of Rotterdam. On the 12th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk and then take a peaceful walk through Het Loetbos.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kinderdijk trip planner.

Drive from Utrecht to Kinderdijk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In January, daily temperatures in Kinderdijk can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Kinderdijk

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Het Loetbos
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World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Het Loetbos ©
Het Loetbos

1
night
Rotterdam

Rotterdam ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and then get to know the resident critters at Rotterdam Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rotterdam itinerary planner.

Rotterdam is just a short distance from Kinderdijk. January in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Delft.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Rotterdam Zoo ©
Rotterdam Zoo
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen ©
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

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Delft

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
On the 14th (Mon), examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rooms-katholieke Sint Hippolytuskapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Prinsenkwartier, take an in-depth tour of Museum De Beurs van Londen, admire the masterpieces at Museum Paul Tetar van Elven, take an in-depth tour of Het steen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Maria van Jessekerk, and finally stop by Cheese and More Delft.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Delft trip builder website.

Delft is just a stone's throw from Rotterdam. In January in Delft, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to The Hague.

Things to do in Delft

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museum Paul Tetar van Elven ©
Museum Paul Tetar van Elven
Old Church ©
Old Church
Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles ©
Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles

2
nights
The Hague

The Hague ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the galleries of Panorama Mesdag, then take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Scheveningen Beach. On the next day, see the interesting displays at museum Beelden aan Zee and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandmotor.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the The Hague trip planner.

The Hague is just a short distance from Delft. January in The Hague sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in The Hague

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag

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