21 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

21 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands route planner
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Fly
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Amsterdam
— 4 nights
Train
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Rotterdam
— 6 nights
Train
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Den Bosch
— 3 nights
Drive
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Maastricht
— 4 nights
Drive
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Groningen
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam — 4 nights

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 St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk as well as Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. Step out of Amsterdam to go to Haarlem and see Grote Markt, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace Amsterdam, shop like a local with Leidseplein, and engage your brain at NEMO Science Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip app.

Chicago, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Amsterdam is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in Amsterdam at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rotterdam.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Rotterdam — 6 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes World Heritage Kinderdijk as well as Het Nieuwe Instituut. Go for a jaunt from Rotterdam to The Hague to see Sea Life Scheveningen about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), see the interesting displays at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nieuwe Kerk, and admire the masterpieces at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace).

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam online trip builder.

Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Rotterdam sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Den Bosch.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Den Bosch — 3 nights

The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
Go for a jaunt from Den Bosch to Hilvarenbeek to see Safaripark Beekse Bergen about 30 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Hoge Veluwe National Park. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Efteling, take an in-depth tour of Noordbrabants Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, and identify plant and animal life at Het Bossche Broek.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Den Bosch online day trip planner.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Den Bosch in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Den Bosch are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Maastricht.
Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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Maastricht — 4 nights

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maastricht: Designer Outlet Roermond (in Roermond), GaiaZOO (in Kerkrade) and Venlo (Sounds Recordshop & St. Martinuskerk). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Netherlands American Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady, don't miss a visit to Market Square, and go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Maastricht trip planner.

Getting from Den Bosch to Maastricht by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Maastricht are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Groningen.
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Groningen — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Prinsentuin and then admire the landmark architecture of Martinitoren. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Groninger Museum, then get outside with Tt Circuit Assen, and then contemplate the long history of Kamp Westerbork.

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Traveling by car from Maastricht to Groningen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
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.