10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands vacation planner

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Fly
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Leiden
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Utrecht
— 1 night
Drive
3
Giethoorn
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Edam
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Amsterdam
— 2 nights

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Leiden

— 2 nights

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk, then get curious at CORPUS 'journey through the human body', and then examine the collection at Museum Volkenkunde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): snap pictures at Erasmus Bridge, then take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Leiden trip itinerary maker site.

San Francisco, USA to Leiden is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Leiden. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Leiden hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Utrecht.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Utrecht

— 1 night

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Free Walking Tour Utrecht. On the 25th (Sat), gain a rich perspective with Free Walking Tour Utrecht, take in panoramic vistas at Dom Tower, examine the collection at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), then learn about all things military at National Military Museum, and finally stop by It's a Present!.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Utrecht journey maker site.

You can drive from Leiden to Utrecht in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Utrecht, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Utrecht

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Giethoorn

— 2 nights
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at De Oude Aarde, examine the collection at Drents Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum de Fundatie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to De Brink and then relax and rejuvenate at De Veluwse Bron.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Giethoorn road trip tool.

You can drive from Utrecht to Giethoorn in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Giethoorn can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Edam.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums · Spas

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Edam

— 2 nights
Edam is a city in the northwest Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 28th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museum van de Twintigste Eeuw, examine the collection at Westfries Museum, and then examine the collection at Mondial Museum. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Edam Cheese market, examine the collection at Fort Edam, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grote Kerk, and finally stop by Hollandse Markt.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Edam trip site.

Getting from Giethoorn to Edam by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Edam can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Edam

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Amsterdam

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Amsterdam Private Boat Tour - Day Tour. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally tour the water at your own pace with Amsterdam Private Boat Tour - Day Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Vondelpark, admire the masterpieces at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally get engrossed in the history at Amsterdam Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam is just a short distance from Edam. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

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The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.