18 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands tour planner
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Rotterdam
— 4 nights
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Utrecht
— 1 night
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Zwolle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Giethoorn
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam
— 5 nights
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Haarlem
— 3 nights
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Rotterdam — 4 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.
Attractions like Efteling and Madurodam make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: The Hague (Peace Palace, Lange Voorhout, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rotterdam trip itinerary maker app.

Bangkok, Thailand to Rotterdam is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Rotterdam is minus 6 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in September, with highs in Rotterdam at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Utrecht.
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Utrecht — 1 night

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 2nd (Sun), appreciate the history behind Jan VI van Nassau-Dillenburg (Jan de Oude), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, pause for some serene contemplation at Pandhof Domkerk, steep yourself in history at De Zeven Steegjes van Utrecht, then hike along Wandelroute Heidestein, and finally get in on the family fun at De Midgetgolftuinen Lage Vuursche.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Utrecht vacation website.

Traveling by car from Rotterdam to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Utrecht sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Zwolle.
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Zwolle — 2 nights

Zwolle is the capital city and municipality of the province of Overijssel, Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Kinderparadijs Malkenschoten, get to know the resident critters at Apenheul, then make a trip to De Brink, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at De Weerribben National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zwolle tour planner.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Zwolle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Giethoorn.
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Giethoorn — 2 nights

Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): engage your brain at Eise Eisinga Planetarium, contemplate the waterfront views at IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel), and then get a sense of history and politics at Rijksmonument Stadhuis Sneek uit 1550-1605. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Giethoorn itinerary planner.

Giethoorn is just a stone's throw from Zwolle. October in Giethoorn sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam — 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Kwakelbrug (in Edam) and Rent & Event Volendam (in Volendam). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, stroll around Vondelpark, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Albert Cuyp Market.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip maker.

Getting from Giethoorn to Amsterdam by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Amsterdam are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Haarlem.
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Haarlem — 3 nights

Flower City

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 12th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, and finally tee off at Kennemer Golf & Country Club. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at De Engelmunduskerk Oud Velsen uit de 12de eeuw, then admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, then don't miss a visit to CoasTulip Experience, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Noordhollands Duinreservaat.

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

Haarlem is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In October, daytime highs in Haarlem are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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