Spend a week in the Netherlands exploring art history, cycling through flower fields, cruising around canals, and relaxing on the beach! How you spend your time is up to you: a family-friendly tour offers outdoor excursions and hands-on museums suitable for children, a cycling tour is great for active travelers, and a Dutch art-focused itinerary is perfect for Van Gogh fans. It's also possible to combine a few days in the Netherlands with some time in Belgium on a weeklong tour of Holland and Flanders. Learn more about your options by reading over the five itineraries below.

Itinerary #1: Highlights of Holland

On this weeklong adventure, experience some of the country's top highlights, including windmills, cheese markets, the canals of Amsterdam, and a trip to the North Sea on a bicycle.

A Dutch house at Zaanse Schans
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit the Anne Frank House Amsterdam
Day 2 Take a Day Ttrip to Marken, Volendam, Edam & Zaanse Schans Amsterdam
Day 3 Explore the Architectural and Cultural Marvels of Rotterdam Rotterdam
Day 4 View Masterpieces at The Mauritshuis and Cycle to the Coast The Hague
Day 5 Experience the Charm of a Dutch University City, Leiden Leiden
Day 6 Ride an E-Bike to the Beach Through National Park Zuid-Kennemerduinen Haarlem
Day 7 Train to Amsterdam & Depart  

 

Welcome to the Netherlands! Arrive in Amsterdam and enjoy a private boat tour of the city's canals before visiting the Anne Frank House. On day two, you'll continue on to the fishing village of Volendam, taste locally produced cheeses in Edam, and see the famous windmills at Zaanse Schans. Then it's onto the eclectic port city of Rotterdam, where you'll tour architectural highlights, including Erasmus Bridge, on a private tour led by a local architect.

On the second part of the trip, you'll venture to The Hague to see masterpieces like Johannes Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring at The Mauritshuis. In the afternoon, hop on a bicycle for a relaxing trip out to Scheveningen Beach, where waves, sand, and fresh seafood await. Explore the university city of Leiden, full of charming courtyards and interesting museums, the following day. On the last full day of the itinerary, you'll once again ride to the seaside on an e-bike, this time through the wilderness of National Park Zuid-Kennemerduinen. Enjoy dinner with a local crowd in the city of Haarlem before catching the train back to Amsterdam. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Cycle Tour of the Netherlands

Pedal around the Netherlands on this dynamic cycling tour featuring rides through forests and flower fields, a trip through a national park, and stops in cities and villages like Delft, Leiden, and Rotterdam.

Bicycles on a bridge in Amsterdam
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit the Anne Frank House Amsterdam
Day 2 Cycle to the Lakes of Ankeveense Plassen and Onward to Utrecht  Utrecht
Day 3 Explore the Green Heart of the Netherlands and Learn About Cheese-Making Haastrecht
Day 4 View the Windmills at Kinderdijk and Sightsee in Rotterdam and Delft Delft
Day 5 Discover The Hague and Cycle to the Beach Leiden
Day 6 Pedal Through the "Flower Bulb Region" & Zuid-Kennemerland National Park Haarlem
Day 7 Cycle back to Amsterdam & Depart  

 

Touch down in Amsterdam, where you'll enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing, including a canal cruise and a visit to the Anne Frank House. On day two, the cycling trip officially begins. Catch a train to nearby Weesp, grab your bike, and ride towards to the scenic lakes of the Ankeveense Plassen. The region was traditionally a getaway for Amsterdam's upper class. Pedal onward to Utrecht to spend the night. The next day, you'll cycle through the so-called "Green Heart of the Netherlands" and take a break in the famed cheese-producing town of Gouda. Sample the local specialty before pedaling onward to the famous windmills at Kinderdijk, a highlight of day four.

You'll have time to explore the port city of Rotterdam before moving on to Delft. Park your bicycle and tour the Vermeer Center, where you'll learn about Vermeer's life and work. The cycling trip heads next to The Hague, then onward to the coast for a relaxing evening by the sea. On the last full day of the trip, you'll enjoy cycling through gorgeous landscapes, first in the Bollenstreek or "Flower Bulb Region," then in Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Cycle back to Amsterdam to finish the adventure. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Family Tour of the Netherlands

Bring the whole family along on this one-week trip filled with activities, from cruising around Amsterdam on a private boat and cycling to the beach to exploring interactive museums to learn about sea monsters.

A family cycling 
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit NEMO Science Museum  Amsterdam
Day 2 Day Trip to Marken and See the Windmills at Zaanse Schans Amsterdam
Day 3 See the Country's Oldest City and the Windmills of Kinderdijk Dordrecht
Day 4 Visit Rotterdam's Maritime Museum Rotterdam
Day 5 Cycle Around the Hague and Detour to the Beach The Hague
Day 6 View a Miniature Version of the Netherlands at Madurodam The Hague
Day 7 Return to Amsterdam & Depart  

 

Your family's adventure in the Netherlands starts in the capital city with a trip to the hands-on NEMO Science Museum. Older kids — and daredevil parents too! —might enjoy a trip up to the top of sky-high A’DAM Tower, home to Over the Edge, Europe’s highest swing. You'll leave the city on day two, sampling Dutch-style seafood in the fishing village of Volendam and marveling at the historic windmills of Zaanse Schans. More windmills await on day three at Kinderdijk, and in the afternoon, you'll go on a private boat tour of Biesbosch National Park, the largest freshwater tidal zone in Europe. It's home to hundreds of beavers, and spotting them is fun for the whole family.

Continue on to Rotterdam and the popular Maritime Museum on day four. Kid-friendly exhibits, including one about sea monsters, are interesting for all ages. You'll cycle around The Hague the following day, pedaling out to Scheveningen Beach in the afternoon to build sandcastles and relax on the sand. Children will be delighted with a visit to Madurodam on the last day of the trip, where you can walk through a miniature version of Holland. Hands-on activities are plentiful here: kids can operate a storm surge barrier, load cargo ships, and make an airplane take off from Amsterdam's airport. You'll head to the real airport the next day as the trip comes to a close. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Dutch Art Tour

Art enthusiasts will be delighted with this 7-day tour around the Netherlands' top fine art museums and art-related attractions, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Vermeer Center, and the Museumpark complex in Rotterdam.

Vibrant colors on the ceiling of the Market Hall in Rotterdam
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam and Visit Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Day 2 Tour Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
Day 3 Explore the University City of Leiden Leiden
Day 4 Discover the Many Museums of Rotterdam  Rotterdam
Day 5 Enjoy Art and Nature at De Hoge Veluwe National Park Otterlo
Day 6 Check out Dutch Modernist Architecture in Utrecht Utrecht
Day 7 Return to Amsterdam & Depart  

 

Your art-focused explorations of Holland begin in Amsterdam. Visit Stedelijk Museum on your first afternoon, home to masterpieces works by Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondriaan, and Henri Matisse, among others. On day two, you'll see Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" at The Rijksmuseum and tour the Van Gogh Museum, where many of Van Gogh's original works are on display. The tour continues with a day exploring the museums of Leiden, home to the oldest university in the country. 

Catch the train onward to The Hague, home to the Mauritshuis art museum and one of the most magnificent paintings in the country, Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring". Then it's onward to Rotterdam's Museumpark, a creatively landscaped outdoor space that connects Rotterdam's major museums. Two highlights here are the Kunsthal Rotterdam art museum and the Depot Boijmans van Beuningen. You'll board an e-bike on day five and ride through De Hoge Veluwe National Park, stopping to visit Kröller-Müller Museum, featuring the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world. Learn about Dutch Modernist architecture in Utrecht on the last day of the trip before circling back to Amsterdam. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Highlights of Holland & Flanders

This wide-ranging itinerary takes you to key attractions in the Netherlands before crossing the border to Belgium for a gourmet food tour in Antwerp and a boat tour past medieval castles in Ghent. 

The picturesque Vrijdagmarkt in Ghent, Belgium
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 Go on an Architectural Walking Tour in Rotterdam Rotterdam
Day 4 Sightsee and Relax on a River Beach in Antwerp Antwerp
Day 5 Taste Local Specialties on a Food Tour of Antwerp Antwerp
Day 6 See a Castle and a Cathedral in Ghent, Then Enjoy a Boat Tour Ghent
Day 7 Finish at Vrijdagmarkt & Depart  

 

This trip begins in Amsterdam with a canal tour and a visit to the Anne Frank House, followed by a visit to the windmills at Zaanse Schans, then a walking tour of architectural highlights in Rotterdam. But a few days into the journey, you'll cross the border over to Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. You'll do some sightseeing in Antwerp on your first day in the country, taking a picnic to one of the city's river beaches in the evening.

On day five, you'll taste gourmet treats, including world-famous Belgian waffles, on a guided food tour of Antwerp. After the tour, pay a visit to Rubens House, once the home of the 17th-century painter Peter Paul Rubens. The following day, you'll transfer to Ghent, home to the medieval castle Gravensteen and an impressive cathedral. View the city from a unique perspective on a boat tour in the evening. You'll stroll through Vrijdagmarkt, a beautiful square that hosts a popular market on Fridays and Saturdays, before heading back to Amsterdam. Learn more

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