With two weeks to spend, many travelers opt for a tour of the Netherlands that includes everything from classic sights and destinations, to canals in Amsterdam and windmills in the countryside. Others choose to combine the Netherlands and Belgium on the same trip. If you're up for crossing the border, consider a 14-day trip around both countries' major highlights, or an itinerary focused on a theme like art or cycling. Read on to learn more about your options.

Itinerary #1: Grand Tour of the Netherlands

On this sweeping trip around the country, you'll view antique windmills and paintings by Vincent van Gogh, go on a boat ride on the canals of Amsterdam, relax on an island, and explore forested Hoge Veluwe National Park on an e-bike, to name just a few activities.

Dutch windmills on a spring day
Dutch windmills and tulips on a spring day
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit Anne Frank House Amsterdam
Day 2 Day Trip to Marken and See the Windmills at Zaanse Schans Amsterdam
Day 3 Wander Around the University City of Leiden Leiden
Day 4 Explore the Seat of Government and Cycle to the Beach The Hague
Day 5 Learn About Old Artisan Traditions in Delft Delft
Day 6 Visit the Museums of Rotterdam Rotterdam
Day 7 Tour the Architectural Highlights of Rotterdam Rotterdam
Day 8 Enjoy Nature and Art at Hoge Veluwe National Park Otterlo
Day 9 Sightsee in the Historic Center of Deventer Deventer
Day 10 Explore the Hidden Gem of Leeuwarden Leeuwarden
Day 11 Cycle Around the Car-Free Island of Vlieland Vlieland
Day 12 Boat from Vlieland to the Island of Texel Texel
Day 13 Hike on Sand Dunes and Visit Fishing Villages on Texel Texel
Day 14 Return to Amsterdam & Depart  

 

Welcome to the Netherlands! Start in Amsterdam with a visit to the Anne Frank House, then side-trip to see the windmills at Zaanse Schans. Explore the university city of Leiden and cycle around The Hague, the seat of government, before pedaling out to the beach. Learn about old pottery traditions in Delft, then spend a few days in Rotterdam, touring architectural highlights and visiting museums and monuments. Hop on an e-bike to discover Hoge Veluwe National Park — an art museum in the park is home to one of the largest collections of original Van Gogh paintings in the world.

In the second week, you'll get off the beaten path to sightsee in historic Deventer and see how the locals live in the hidden gem of Leeuwarden. Then you'll get off the mainland altogether and transfer to the island of Vlieland, where you'll be free to explore on a bicycle. Spend the last few days of the trip on the laid-back island of Texel, going on a hiking excursion and visiting tiny fishing villages before heading back to Amsterdam, where the trip ends. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Family Tour of the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a fabulous destination for a family vacation, as you'll quickly see on this 14-day adventure around the country's peaceful islands, coastal bike paths, urban canals, and interactive museums.

A family picnicking in tulip fields in the Dutch countryside
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit NEMO Science Museum  Amsterdam
Day 2 Check Out a Maritime Museum & the Zoo Amsterdam
Day 3 Explore The Hague and Cycle to the Beach The Hague
Day 4 Walk Through a Mini Version of the Netherlands at Madurodam The Hague
Day 5 Visit Rotterdam's Maritime Museum Rotterdam
Day 6 See the Country's Oldest City and the Windmills of Kinderdijk Dordrecht
Day 7 Have Fun at the Biggest Theme Park in Holland Kaatsheuvel
Day 8 Enjoy a Full Day of Rides and Games at Efteling  Kaatsheuvel
Day 9 Final Morning at Efteling & Transfer to Volendam Volendam
Day 10 Catch a Ferry to a Traditional Fishing Village Volendam
Day 11 See Tulip Fields and Sleep in a Campground Texel
Day 12 Explore Texel on Bicycles Texel
Day 13 Go Hiking Through Mud Flats in Texel Texel
Day 14 Departure  

 

The adventure begins at the kid-friendly NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. You'll hang around the capital city for another day, visiting a maritime museum and the zoo before moving onto The Hague. Ride out to Scheveningen Beach on e-bikes and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the sea. Then you'll have a chance to walk through a model version of the Netherlands at Madurodam and tour a submarine at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam. Wrap up the first week of the trip with a detour to the famous windmills of Kinderdijk.

The next few days will be spent at Efteling, the largest theme park in the country — and one of the best in Europe! Rides, games, shows: there's something for everyone in the family, plus an overnight stay in a fairytale-themed hotel suite. On day nine, transfer to Volendam, a fishing village, to decompress. Then you'll catch a ferry to the island of Texel. Spend the rest of the trip exploring the island, riding bikes, hiking through mudflats, and sleeping in a cabin at a family-oriented campground with a swimming pool. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Grand Tour of the Netherlands & Belgium

See castles, cathedrals, windmills, and canals, plus other key cultural highlights along the way, on this wide-ranging trip that takes you across the border from the Netherlands into Belgium.

The National Monument in Amsterdam
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit Anne Frank House Amsterdam
Day 2 Day-trip to Marken and See the Windmills at Zaanse Schans Amsterdam
Day 3 Wander Around the University City of Leiden Leiden
Day 4 Tour the Architectural Highlights of Rotterdam Rotterdam
Day 5 See the Windmills at Kinderdijk Dordrecht
Day 6 Enjoy Nature and Art at Hoge Veluwe National Park Otterlo
Day 7 Cycle and Hike in the National Park Otterlo
Day 8 Sightsee and Relax on a River Beach in Antwerp Antwerp
Day 9 Taste Local Specialties on a Food Tour of Antwerp Antwerp
Day 10 Enjoy a Boat Tour around Medieval Ghent Ghent
Day 11 See Ghent's Top Markets and Cultural Highlights Ghent
Day 12 Discover Brussels' Top Sights Brussels
Day 13 Visit the Museums of Brussels Brussels
Day 14 Departure  

 

After a day or two in the Amsterdam area, where you'll arrive and see a few major sights like the Anne Frank House, the itinerary takes you to the university city of Leiden and the architecturally eclectic port city of Rotterdam. See the windmills at Kinderdijk and cycle through Hoge Veluwe National Park, with an extra day for hiking or relaxing, before the first week in the Netherlands comes to a close and you cross the border to Belgium.

Explore the old city of Antwerp on foot, heading to the city's river beaches to relax with locals and enjoy a picnic. The following day, you'll sample Belgian waffles and other local delicacies on a food tour of the city. Then it's onto the medieval city of Ghent, known for its famous markets, a massive castle, and an impressive cathedral. You'll take it all in during a boat tour of the city. Continue onward to Brussels, where countless museums and monuments await, including the Royal Palace, the Cathedral of Sint-Michel and Sint-Goedele, and humorously enough, a tiny statue of a peeing boy (Manneken Pis). Don't forget to try a gourmet version of a local specialty: brussels sprouts! Learn more

Itinerary #4: Cycling Tour of the Netherlands & Belgium

Pedal through coastal paths and green landscapes, past windmills and tulip fields, on this active two-week bicycle trip around the Netherlands and Belgium.

A bicycle in the Countryside
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit Anne Frank House Amsterdam
Day 2 Cycle from Amsterdam to Haarlem Haarlem
Day 3 Pedal Through Bollenstreek, the Flower Bulb Region Leiden
Day 4 Continue to the Hague and Sightsee in Delft Delft
Day 5 Sample Cheeses in Gouda Haastrecht
Day 6 Cycle Past the Windmills of Kinderdijk Dordrecht
Day 7 Free Day in Dordrecht Dordrecht
Day 8 Continue to Breda and Explore Breda
Day 9 Cross the Border to Belgium Antwerp
Day 10 Travel from Antwerp to Ghent Ghent
Day 11 Learn about Flemish Art & Textiles at Oudenaarde Oudenaarde
Day 12 Visit Bierkasteel & Sample Local Beers Roeselare
Day 13 Explore Bruges Bruges
Day 14 Departure Bruges

 

Touch down in Amsterdam and do some sightseeing before cycling to the historic city of Haarlem on day two. From there, you'll ride through the scenic Bollenstreek, the "Flower Bulb Region," then continue on to Delft. Tour the Vermeer Center before pedaling onward to the historic cheese-producing town of Gouda and then to the windmills of Kinderdijk. Take a break during a free day in Dordrecht.

The second half of the cycling trip continues along to laid-back Breda, your last stop on the Dutch side before crossing the border to Belgium. Spend a day in Antwerp seeing the sights before moving onto the famed castle and cathedral of medieval Ghent. You'll learn about Flemish art history and textile traditions in Oudenaarde, then keep cycling, stopping at Bierkasteel for refreshing Belgian beers. The last day and night of the trip are free to relax in beautiful Bruges. Feast on locally produced chocolates and sit at a café on one of the city's historic squares to toast the end of the trip. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Art Tour of the Netherlands & Belgium

Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan van Eyck: see the original works and visit the onetime studios and homes of the great Dutch and Belgian masters on this art-themed tour of both countries. 

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Day 2 Tour Rijksmuseum & Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Day 3 Visit Rembrandt Huis and Frans Hals Museum Haarlem
Day 4 Experience the Museums of Leiden Leiden
Day 5 View Girl with a Pearl Earring and Tour Rotterdam Rotterdam
Day 6 Enjoy Nature and Art at Hoge Veluwe National Park Otterlo
Day 7 Cycle and Hike in the National Park Otterlo
Day 8 Sightsee and Relax on a River Beach in Antwerp Antwerp
Day 9 Food Tour of Antwerp Antwerp
Day 10 See the Famous Ghent Altarpiece  Bruges
Day 11 Chocolate Tasting & Groeninger Museum Tour Bruges
Day 12 Free Day in Brussels Brussels
Day 13 Sightseeing in Brussels Brussels
Day 14 Departure  

 

Get the tour started in Amsterdam with visits to several important museums: Stedelijk Museum, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Rembrandt Huis, each displaying masterpieces by Dutch painters. Then it's off to Haarlem and Frans Hals Museum, followed by a trip to Leiden, a university city filled with cultural institutions. See Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" in person in The Hague on your way to Rotterdam. More Van Gogh originals await in the art museum inside Hoge Veluwe National Park, which you'll be able to explore on a bicycle. Take another day to relax in the park before crossing the border to Belgium.

Take in some cultural and outdoor sights in Antwerp — a visit to a river beach and a food tour, to name a few —then keep moving to Bruges to see part of one of the world's great treasures, the famous Ghent Altarpiece, and tour the Groeninger Museum to see works by Jan van Eyck. Take time to taste chocolate and wander the beautiful side streets of the city before the trip leads to Brussels, where you'll finish the trip with sightseeing and free time to enjoy Belgian food and drink. Learn more

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Map of 14 Days in the Netherlands - 5 Unique Itineraries
Map of 14 Days in the Netherlands - 5 Unique Itineraries