16 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

16 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands route maker

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Amsterdam
— 2 nights
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Haarlem
— 2 nights
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Leiden
— 1 night
Drive
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The Hague
— 2 nights
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Delft
— 2 nights
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Utrecht
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum of the Canals, then explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, then steep yourself in history at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, and finally examine the collection at Micropia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): stroll around Vondelpark and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Basilica.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam day trip app.

Tampa, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tampa to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in May, things will get cooler in Amsterdam: highs are around 63°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Haarlem

— 2 nights

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grote Markt and Elswout wandel-park van Staatsbosbeheer. Museum-lovers will get to explore Frans Hals Museum and Historisch Museum Haarlemmermeer. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Zandvoort aan Zee, steep yourself in history at Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), get in on the family fun at Linnaeushof, and don't miss a visit to Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Haarlem vacation planner.

Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Leiden.

Things to do in Haarlem

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Leiden

— 1 night

Museum City

Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum Noordwijk, get engrossed in the history at Museum Engelandvaarders, examine the collection at Atlantikwall Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Young Rembrandt Studio.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Leiden trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Haarlem to Leiden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Leiden can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to The Hague.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

The Hague

— 2 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
On the 8th (Sat), stroll around Landgoed Clingendael, explore the world behind art at De Mesdag Collection, then delve into the lush surroundings at Haagse Bos, and finally view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our The Hague day trip website.

The Hague is just a short distance from Leiden. In May in The Hague, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Delft.

Things to do in The Hague

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Delft

— 2 nights
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Popular historic sites such as Nieuwe Kerk and Museum Paul Tetar van Elven are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vermeer Centrum Delft and Droogdok Jan Blanken. Change things up with these side-trips from Delft: Hellevoetsluis (Ramtorenschip Buffel & Lichtschip 12, Noord Hinder) and Stadswandeling Brielle (in Brielle). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Hidden House of Madame de Berry, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria van Jessekerk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Church, and stroll around Agnetapark.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Delft trip planner.

Delft is just a stone's throw from The Hague. In May, daytime highs in Delft are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Delft

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Utrecht

— 2 nights

Dome City

As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 12th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pandhof Domkerk, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Catharijneconvent, then delve into the lush surroundings at Hoorneboegse Heide, and finally examine the collection at Singer Laren Museum, Theatre and Sculpture Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Hof, contemplate the long history of Koppelpoort, contemplate the long history of Kamperbinnenpoort, then get engrossed in the history at DOMunder, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canals area.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Utrecht trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Delft to Utrecht in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Amsterdam

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at The Tsar Peter House, steep yourself in history at Het Jonge Schaap, then examine the collection at Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, and finally examine the collection at Zaanse Schans. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), then take an in-depth tour of Joods Historisch Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Anne Frank House.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Utrecht to Amsterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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.