16 days in Rotterdam, Alkmaar & Amsterdam Itinerary

16 days in Rotterdam, Alkmaar & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Rotterdam
— 2 nights
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Alkmaar
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam
— 11 nights

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Rotterdam

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then examine the collection at museum Beelden aan Zee, and finally look for gifts at Van Kleef & Zoon. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, then don't miss a visit to Rotterdam Centraal Station, then buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rotterdam trip planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport. In November, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Alkmaar.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

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Alkmaar

— 2 nights
Alkmaar is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 30th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Grote Sint Laurenskerk, then explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, and then ponder the world of politics at Alkmaar City Hall. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Landgoed Hoenderdaell, see the interesting displays at Marinemuseum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Strand Egmond aan Zee.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alkmaar travel route planner.

Getting from Rotterdam to Alkmaar by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Alkmaar sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Alkmaar

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Amsterdam

— 11 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Haarlem (Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), Teylers Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Alkmaar to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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