20 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

20 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cairo
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam
— 3 nights
Bus:  30 min
2
Haarlem
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Alkmaar
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Giethoorn
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Bourtange
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Naarden
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Utrecht
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
8
Maastricht
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Kinderdijk
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
10
Rotterdam
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
11
Delft
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
12
The Hague
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
13
Leiden
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 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 a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Head to De 9 Straatjes and Bureau Amsterdamfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and wander the streets of Red Light District.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Amsterdam is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairo to Amsterdam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, you will find days in Amsterdam are colder (9°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a bus to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) ©
Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Haarlem

Haarlem ©
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 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Zandvoort aan Zee, then examine the collection at Museum Haarlem, and then look for gifts at Melgers Wijn en Dranken. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at De Vishal, get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Proveniershof.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Haarlem tour itinerary builder tool.

Haarlem is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In January in Haarlem, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Alkmaar.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums Outdoors Parks

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), see the interesting displays at Het Beatles Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Alkmaar trip itinerary site.

Alkmaar is just a stone's throw from Haarlem. In January in Alkmaar, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Alkmaar

Museums
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Het Beatles Museum ©
Het Beatles Museum

1
night
Giethoorn

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of De Wieden and then stop by Lekkers & Zo.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Giethoorn attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Alkmaar to Giethoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bourtange.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

De Wieden
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Lekkers & Zo ©
Lekkers & Zo
De Wieden ©
De Wieden

1
night
Bourtange

Bourtange ©
Bourtange is a village with a population of 430 in the municipality of Vlagtwedde in the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for gifts at Kloosterboederij Bleyendael and then learn about all things military at Vesting Bourtange.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bourtange route builder site.

Drive from Giethoorn to Bourtange in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Bourtange are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Naarden.

Things to do in Bourtange

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kloosterboederij Bleyendael
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Vesting Bourtange ©
Vesting Bourtange
Kloosterboederij Bleyendael ©
Kloosterboederij Bleyendael

1
night
Naarden

Naarden ©
Naarden is a city and former municipality in the Gooi region in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Naardermeer, identify plant and animal life at Tafelbergheide, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grote Kerk.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Naarden itinerary website.

Getting from Bourtange to Naarden by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Naarden sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Utrecht.

Things to do in Naarden

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tafelbergheide
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Tafelbergheide ©
Tafelbergheide

1
night
Utrecht

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 8th (Tue), take a tour by water with Grachtenvaarders.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Utrecht itinerary planner.

You can drive from Naarden to Utrecht in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Maastricht.

Things to do in Utrecht

Transportation Outdoors Tours
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Grachtenvaarders ©
Grachtenvaarders

1
night
Maastricht

Maastricht ©
With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of Our Lady, explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Maastricht trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Maastricht takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Maastricht sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kinderdijk.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Netherlands American Cemetery
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Maastricht Underground ©
Maastricht Underground
Netherlands American Cemetery ©
Netherlands American Cemetery
Basilica of Our Lady ©
Basilica of Our Lady

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 10th (Thu), steep yourself in history at World Heritage Kinderdijk and then look for all kinds of wild species at Het Loetbos.

Plan my day in Kinderdijk using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Maastricht to Kinderdijk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kinderdijk can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Kinderdijk

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

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 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rotterdam Zoo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rotterdam trip itinerary builder tool.

Rotterdam is just a short distance from Kinderdijk. In January, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Delft.

Things to do in Rotterdam

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

2
nights
Delft

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Medisch Museum "De Griffioen", explore the world behind art at Museum Paul Tetar van Elven, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Maria van Jessekerk, and finally look for gifts at Cheese and More Delft. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, then explore the world behind art at Prinsenkwartier, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rooms-katholieke Sint Hippolytuskapel.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Delft trip site.

Delft is just a short distance from Rotterdam. In January, daily temperatures in Delft can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Panorama Mesdag, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Scheveningen Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at museum Beelden aan Zee, then admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandmotor, and finally get engrossed in the history at Widerstandsnest 67 HL, Stichting Atlantikwall Musuem Scheveningen.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the The Hague planning site.

The Hague is just a short distance from Delft. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Leiden.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Outdoors Parks
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) ©
Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)
museum Beelden aan Zee ©
museum Beelden aan Zee

2
nights
Leiden

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Rijn (Rhine) and then kick back and relax at Scheveningen Beach. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Leiden tour planner.

Leiden is just a stone's throw from The Hague. In January, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leiden

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Scheveningen Beach, Natuurmonumenten Nieuwkoopse Plassen
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Scheveningen Beach ©
Scheveningen Beach

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