40 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

40 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly to Brussels, Train to Maastricht
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Maastricht
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sluis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dordrecht
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam
— 11 nights
Drive
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Groningen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Deventer
— 5 nights
Drive
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Eindhoven
— 6 nights
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Maastricht

— 5 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

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), Venlo (Sounds Recordshop, St. Martinuskerk, &more) and Meanderende Swalm in het Groenewoud (in Swalmen). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Cesart, indulge your senses at Lambert Smeets, Head underground at Maastricht Underground, and learn about all things military at War Museum Eyewitness.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Maastricht tour site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Maastricht is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Maastricht. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get much colder in Maastricht: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sluis.

Things to do in Maastricht

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

Sluis

— 2 nights
Sluis is the name of both a municipality and a town located in the west of Zeelandic Flanders, in the south-western part of the Netherlands.The current incarnation of the municipality exists since on 1 January 2003. On the 18th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Theetuin De Mol, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum Het Warenhuis - Museum Land van Axel, and then look for gifts at Slijterij-Wijnhandel de Vuurtoren. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at Lillehammer Sauna, take an in-depth tour of Industrieel Museum Zeeland IMZ, and then see the interesting displays at Bizarium.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sluis visit site.

You can drive from Maastricht to Sluis in 2.5 hours. December in Sluis sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dordrecht.

Things to do in Sluis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Dordrecht

— 5 nights
Dordrecht, colloquially Dordt, historically in English named Dort, is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dordrecht: Breda (Polski Cmentarz Wojskowy W Bredzie, Sint Joostkapel Breda, &more), Basiliek H.H. Agatha en Barbara (in Oudenbosch) and De Kapelberg (in Roosendaal). There's lots more to do: catch some excitement at Huis Van Gijn, contemplate the long history of Museum De Moriaan, take in nature's colorful creations at Stichting Arboretum Oudenbosch, and examine the collection at Museum Johannes Post.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dordrecht sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Sluis to Dordrecht by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Dordrecht are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Dordrecht

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen), Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more) and The Hague (Sea Life Scheveningen, Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), &more). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, stroll around Vondelpark, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planning site.

You can drive from Dordrecht to Amsterdam in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Groningen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 4:

Groningen

— 5 nights
Explore Groningen's surroundings by going to Sneek (Weduwe Joustra & Fries Scheepvaart Museum), Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden (in Leeuwarden) and IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) (in Makkum).

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Groningen itinerary planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Groningen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Groningen sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Deventer.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

Deventer

— 5 nights
Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deventer: Zaadmarkt Zutphen-Rijksmonument woonhuis Het Bolwerck uit 1549 (in Zutphen), Pleisterplaats De Barkel (in Wierden) and Pelmolen (in Rijssen). There's much more to do: make a trip to De Brink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basiliek van de Heilige Kruisverheffing, stroll the grounds of Airborne Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Museumstation Beekbergen.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Deventer trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Groningen to Deventer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Deventer sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Eindhoven.

Things to do in Deventer

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Eindhoven

— 6 nights

Design Capital of Europe

Eindhoven is bursting with energy and is the perfect city to recharge during a day trip or staycation.
Get out of town with these interesting Eindhoven side-trips: St. John's Cathedral (in Den Bosch), Wijchense Molen (in Wijchen) and Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen (in Oisterwijk). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at National Park de Loonse en Drunense Duinen. The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Bottle Distillery, stop by Dumpstore Valkenburg, see the interesting displays at muZIEum, and get in on the family fun at Efteling.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Eindhoven driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Deventer to Eindhoven in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Eindhoven

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.