16 days in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Spain Itinerary

16 days in Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Spain Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 1 night
Fly to Sydney, Bus to Canberra


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Rent & Event Volendam (in Volendam) and Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, get to know the resident critters at ARTIS, and see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Amsterdam is an approximately 29-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Canberra to Amsterdam. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Canberra in September since evenings lows in Amsterdam dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, and then get in on the family fun at Efteling. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Madurodam, then examine the collection at Louwman Museum The Hague, and then view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam online road trip planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, hunt for treasures at Mercado San Miguel, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

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Fly from Rotterdam to Madrid in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, Madrid is a bit warmer than Rotterdam - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Barcelona.
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Barcelona, Spain — 1 night

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, admire the striking features of Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Batllo.

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You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Barcelona when traveling from Madrid in September, with lows around 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Nightlife
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.

Spain travel guide

Beaches · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
A colorful country known for its relaxed lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, excellent food, and world-famous folklore and festivals, Spain boasts a huge number of World Heritage Sites and other spectacular places to visit. It also deserves its reputation as a beach vacation destination; the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top beaches. But Spain’s geography is so much more than just soft, sandy shores. Its landscapes are as diverse as its people, ranging from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and sprawling deserts. The countryside bursts with unspoiled villages of timeless beauty and old-world charm, as well as vast and varied nature preserves.