With five days in the Netherlands, travelers can explore Amsterdam's highlights and use the capital as a hub for nearby popular sites, including The Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. Seven days, however, is the right amount of time to cover main interests and discover more of the country than the average visitor with places like Marken, Edam, and Biebosch National Park. If you have 10 days, you can go farther afield to the northern province of Groningen or visit a second country and cross the border into Belgium.
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A country that can be visited any time of year, the Netherlands is best explored in the spring. The weather is brighter and warmer, and those iconic tulip bulbs are blooming. Yet with more than 400 museums showcasing renowned artworks, there’s something to see in every season. Not to mention, a coastal holiday in the summer, a cycling excursion in the fall, or, if you're lucky, an ice-skating outing on a frozen canal in the winter.
Bring the whole family along on this kid-friendly journey around the Netherlands and Belgium! Start with a cruise along the canals of Amsterdam and a visit to a futuristic science museum. Then ride an old steam train to Medemblik, where you'll board an antique ship to Enkhuizen, known for its cheese markets. Cycle through the sand dunes to the North Sea, spot colorful tulip fields, and feast on traditional stroopwafels before spending three days at a popular Dutch theme park. Then cross the border to Belgium, where you'll go on a food tour of Antwerp, stay at a real Belgian farm, and relax at the beach resort of De Panne. Offering a great mix of outdoor adventure and cultural education, this itinerary is a hit with travelers of all ages.
A significant portion of the Netherlands is below sea level, so the Dutch have been coming up with ingenious ways to manage water for over a thousand years. You'll learn all about it on this interesting 5-day itinerary. Visit the world’s largest storm surge barrier, the Delta Works, in the province of Zeeland. You'll cycle around the island of Schouwen-Duivenland and learn more about the natural environment on a boat cruise around Oosterschelde National Park — keep your eyes open for whales! Discover beautiful beaches and pedal along dune landscapes, stopping for fresh seafood, along the way, as you explore Walcheren Island. Finish with a day in historic Middelburg, an important trading center for the Dutch East India Company, before the trip ends in Amsterdam.
Immerse yourself in the seafaring history of the Dutch Golden Age on this enlightening 5-day trip. The Dutch East India Company was extremely important in trade during the 17th and 18th centuries. Discover reminders of this rich past as you gaze upon naval scenes in Frans Hals’ paintings in Haarlem, stroll along city canals bordered by ancient warehouses in Middelburg, tour Hoorn's historic harbor, and ride an antique boat across IJsselmeer lake. You'll also travel on an old steam train, cycle to a coastal fort in Zeeland, and wander around a replica of an 18th-century cargo ship in Amsterdam.
This refreshing 5-day cycling trip takes you to the beautiful Weerribben-Wieden National Park. Peat and reed cutters created this unique landscape filled with lakes, canals, reed lands, swamp forests, and floating mats — today, it's one of the largest wetland areas in Europe. Begin the journey in Zwolle, pedaling away on forested paths on your way to Sint Jansklooster. Continue on to the quiet village of Kalenberg, where you'll take a break from cycling to paddle around the wetlands in a canoe. Discover some of the park's most scenic areas as you cycle to Giethoorn, a picturesque village nicknamed "the Venice of the North." Explore its waterways by boat on the last day of the trip before transferring back to Amsterdam, where the trip ends.
Cycle, hike, and relax in open-air cafés on this outdoorsy 5-day tour of Holland's southernmost region. Limburg is home to historic cities like Maastricht and Valkenburg aan de Geul, where you'll tour grand churches and romantic castles. It's also known for its hilly countryside, particularly the gorgeous scenery of the National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg, which you'll explore on e-bike and on foot. Since this area of the Netherlands is known for its vineyards and gastronomic traditions, you'll dine well, too, a perfect way to end a day's worth of fresh air and active pursuits.
This short trip takes you to the far north of the Netherlands for five days of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventure. Begin in Leeuwarden, the capital of the green province of Friesland. This hidden gem is a lively city with a distinct language and culture. You'll tour its picturesque network of canals on a private gondola tour before continuing north. Ride a ferry to the peaceful island of Terschelling, known as the "Pearl of the Wadden Sea" for its windswept dunes, lovely beaches, and cozy villages. You'll explore the island on an e-bike, cycling past vast marshes and endless beaches home to a wide variety of birdlife. Dine on fresh seafood and enjoy this relaxing getaway before returning to Amsterdam, where the itinerary ends.
Discover lively Dutch cities and idyllic landscapes on this well-balanced 10-day tour of Holland. The trip starts in Amsterdam, where you'll visit the famous Anne Frank House and two major art museums. Then head into the nearby countryside to see historic windmills and charming fishing villages. Explore the university city of Leiden, spend one afternoon on a bike excursion to the beach, then go on a cycling tour of Rotterdam's architectural highlights. Learn more about the legacies of great artists Vincent van Gogh and Hieronymus Bosch in the quaint town of Den Bosch, followed by a stay in the off-the-beaten-path city of Maastricht, known for its historical buildings and churches. Finish the trip with several days of hiking and cycling in the peaceful National Landscape of Zuid-Limburg — a few days in the great outdoors is a wonderfully relaxing way to end this action-packed itinerary.
Experience the best Holland has to offer on this 10-day luxury tour! You'll sleep in one-of-a-kind boutique hotels and dine in fine restaurants while exploring the capital city of Amsterdam, pristine Hoge Veluwe National Park, the lively university town of Leeuwarden, and the windswept islands of Vlieland and Texel. Highlights along the journey include a private gondola tour, a day trip to historic windmills in the Dutch countryside, a self-guided bike ride along picturesque sand dunes, plenty of time to enjoy viewing Vincent van Gogh's original masterpieces, and an overnight stay in a gorgeously restored complex of Golden Age canal houses.
Holland is a cyclist's paradise! On this lively 5-day trip, you'll pedal past green meadows, small canals, peaceful lakes, picturesque villages, old fortified towns, and medieval castles. Start the adventure with some sightseeing in Amsterdam before you cycle through the Gooi, stopping to tour Muiderslot, a 13th-century castle. Explore historic Naarden, then sleep in a riverside hotel. Continue the journey through the "Green Heart" of Holland, taking a break from your e-bike to canoe or boat on a lake. You'll ride back to Amsterdam along the Amstel River, then spend one last night in the city before the trip ends.
Explore the best of central Holland on this weeklong itinerary featuring a mix of classic sights and off-the-beaten-path experiences. Visit the vibrant capital of Amsterdam and its top museums before day-tripping to the countryside to see iconic Dutch highlights, including windmills and a cheese market. Adventure waits in Utrecht, where you will have the chance to canoe around the city's canals. Then continue on to the forested heart of the country and Hoge Veluwe National Park, which you'll explore on an e-bike. View Van Gogh originals at the excellent Kröller-Müller Museum before finishing up the trip in the charming city of Deventer, known for its countless bookshops, picturesque squares, and laid-back atmosphere.
Discover the coastline of the North Sea on this active 5-day adventure. Start the trip in historic Haarlem, where you'll see original works by the great painter Frans Hals before setting off on a self-guided e-bike trip to a beach resort. Ride over to National Park Zuid-Kennemerduine, home to the largest dune area in Holland. Then continue to Bergen, a scenic village that's long been popular with artists. You'll base yourself here for the last few days of the itinerary, riding to a pair of resort towns, visiting the famous cheese market of Alkmaar, and seeing the windmills of Zaanse Schans before the trip ends in Amsterdam.
Dutch cheeses, charming fishing villages, fields of flowers: these are just a few of the pleasures that await you on this quick but colorful 5-day adventure. After a day exploring the canals and museums of Amsterdam, you'll head to Zaanse Schans to see some of Holland's famous windmills. Then continue to the northern countryside, basing yourself in the small cities of Hoorn and Alkmaar. Sample delicious cheeses in centuries-old cheese markets, cruise around a historic harbor on a private boat tour, and ride to the North Sea on an e-bike for a relaxing walk on the beach. Since distances between destinations are short, you'll spend less time traveling and more time enjoying the highlights of this beautiful region.
This action-packed 7-day itinerary takes you to many of the Netherlands' top highlights. Not only will you tour world-class museums in the vibrant capital of Amsterdam and explore modern architecture in the port city of Rotterdam, but you will go inside a Dutch cheese market, visit windmills in the countryside, and ride a bicycle alongside locals. Also on the itinerary are picturesque fishing villages, a boat tour of Biesbosch National Park, and an e-bike excursion in Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to a museum that houses an impressive collection of Van Gogh’s work. With a mix of cultural exploration, outdoor activities, fine art, and local experiences, this weeklong adventure is an excellent introduction to Holland.
Holland's scenic landscapes draw crowds from all over the world. On this weeklong adventure through the "Green Heart" of the Netherlands, a region celebrated for its rolling meadows, quiet forests, and picturesque sand dunes, you'll see some of the country's most beautiful outdoor destinations. In between sightseeing in Amsterdam, visiting museums in Leiden, and learning about architecture in Rotterdam, you'll explore this natural wonderland on foot and e-bike. Cycle to the beach for fresh seafood, see historic windmills in the countryside, cruise around Biesbosch National Park on a boat tour — if you visit in spring, you'll see dazzling fields of tulips, too!
Get away from the crowds and experience Holland's finer things on this 5-day luxury tour around the Netherlands. Explore the smaller cities of Leiden, the Hague, and Delft, featuring classic Dutch attractions like picturesque canals, cobblestoned streets, world-class art museums, beautiful churches, historic windmills, and lovely squares lined with outdoor cafés. You'll stay in high-end hotels, including a landmark five-star hotel at the beach, a boutique hotel, and a hotel with its own Michelin-starred restaurant. Day-trip to Amsterdam for a boat tour, pedal to the coast on a self-guided bike tour, dine on fresh seafood, view Van Gogh originals up close — this short but sweet adventure has something for everyone.
This enlightening 5-day journey will take you to the highlights of Amsterdam and its surrounding region. Start at the Anne Frank House, then enjoy a private boat tour along the city's canals before visiting two world-class art museums, the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. On a day trip to the countryside, you'll see historic windmills, wander around a quaint fishing village, and sample traditional Dutch cheese in Edam. Spend the last part of the trip in the charming city of Haarlem, an easy side trip from the capital, where you'll visit the oldest museum in the Netherlands.
On this short trip, you will explore the central region of the Netherlands, known for its charming small cities and pristine forests. Begin by visiting Deventer, an enchanting historic city known for its narrow cobbled streets, quaint bookshops, beautiful squares, and excellent dining venues. Then base yourself in Otterlo for two days as you explore Hoge Veluwe National Park, home to the Kröller-Müller Museum, where you can view many of Vincent van Gogh's original masterpieces. Ride around the park and the surrounding countryside on an e-bike, looking for deer and wild boar, enjoying a picnic lunch, and sampling ice cream from a famous local institution. Enjoy the best of Holland away from the crowds!
Get away from it all on this relaxing 5-day escape. This trip takes you to a unique landscape in the far north of the Netherlands where a chain of small islands awaits in the Wadden Sea. You'll visit two of these islands — Texel and Vlieland — to enjoy leisurely bike rides, dazzling sand dunes, endless beaches, and vast marshes populated with diverse birdlife. Wade through mud flats, feast on freshly caught seafood, view a historic collection of messages-in-bottles, and walk for hours on the coast: there's so much to see and do on this laid-back island itinerary.
Experience Holland in a nutshell on this colorful 5-day itinerary around some of the Netherlands' classic attractions. Start with a day in Amsterdam, exploring the city by boat and visiting the famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Then you will travel by train to the city of Dordrecht, a charming historic city that offers easy access to Biesbosch National Park, which you'll tour on an e-bike. Also nearby are the world-famous windmills at Kinderdijk, which you'll see up close, and lively Rotterdam, where you'll go on a walking tour to learn about the city's fascinating architecture. Circle back to Amsterdam on day five, where the trip ends.
Learn about the life and legacy of the great Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh — one of the most famous artists in the history of Western art — on this 5-day tour around the Netherlands. Start in Amsterdam, where you'll view some of the artist's original paintings at the Van Gogh Museum. Move on to the Dutch province of Brabant and Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, home to several Van Gogh masterpieces. Zoom around the artist's onetime home of Nuenen on an e-bike, then finish the itinerary at Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world.
December is winter in the Netherlands, and while this means it's low season earlier in the month, visitors are attracted by Christmas festivities later. The weather may be cold, damp, and dark, but there's always a cozy cafe to retreat to, and art galleries to shelter in. Read on to find out more about traveling to the Netherlands in December.
With weather that alternates between autumnal and wintery, November isn't a very popular time to visit the Netherlands. However, if you're interested in art and culture and like the idea of visiting some of Europe's best galleries without the crowds, November could be an ideal time for your trip to the Netherlands. Read on to find out more about visiting the Netherlands in November.
October is mid-autumn in the Netherlands and a shoulder season for tourism. The weather is mild (albeit rather wet), costs are comparatively low, and the crowds are thin, which is an ideal mix for many travelers. Read on to learn more about visiting the Netherlands in October.
After the busy summer and before the lull of winter, September is the start of the autumn shoulder season in the Netherlands. The weather is likely to be quite good and later in the month, the leaves of the trees will start turning orange and gold. Read on to find out more about traveling to the Netherlands in September.
August is midsummer in the Netherlands and that brings good weather and plenty of visitors. You won't have the country to yourself during this month, but if you want to get outdoors and enjoy cycling along coastal paths or between picturesque windmills, August is a great time to do it. Read on to learn more about visiting the Netherlands in August.
July is midsummer in the Netherlands, which means it's peak season. With pleasant weather, lots of festivals, and everything open, there's lots to see and do in the Netherlands during this month. Read on to learn more about traveling to the Netherlands in July.
June is early summer in the Netherlands and while it's a popular time to visit, there's something of a lull between the flower frenzy of the spring and the midsummer masses. If you're looking for warm-but-not-hot weather, long days, gentle outdoor activities, and plenty of cultural attractions, June is a great time to visit the Netherlands. Find out more below.
Late spring in the Netherlands brings warm (but not hot) temperatures, millions of blooming flowers, and some fun cultural festivals. It's a popular time to visit, and for good reasons. Here's what to expect if you're planning to visit the Netherlands in May.
April is peak season for travel to the Netherlands, with mild spring weather, some high-profile festivals, and millions of colorful flowers in bloom—but don't expect to have the place all to yourself. Read on to learn more about traveling to the Netherlands in April.
March is the end of winter and beginning of spring in the Netherlands, and still the tourism low season. With warming temperatures and the possibility of tulips blooming later in the month, March can be an attractive month to visit the country for some travelers. Read on to learn more about visiting the Netherlands in March.
February is the final month of winter in the Netherlands, so the weather is cold and tourist crowds generally low. However, Carnival festivities during this month liven up Dutch towns and cities and draw visitors. Read on to learn more about traveling to the Netherlands in February.
If you like the idea of having some of Europe's finest art galleries and museums practically to yourself, try visiting the Netherlands in January. The mid-winter month is low season in the Northern European country and although cold weather should be expected, so should cheaper prices and few other tourists. Read on to learn more about traveling to the Netherlands in January.
This 8-day cycling itinerary takes you on a journey across the windswept islands and endless beaches of the Netherlands' northern coast. Starting among the tulip fields of North Holland, you'll cross the Wadden Sea to reach a breathtaking archipelago of protected islands. Hop between Texel, Vlieland, and Terschelling, cycling through a peaceful landscape of sand dunes and salt marshes. Then return to the mainland to pedal past the green fields of Friesland, ending in the vibrant provincial capital of Leeuwarden.
With five days to spend in the Netherlands, you have a surprising range of options. Distances between destinations are relatively small, making it possible to see and do a lot, even on a short trip. Choose a flower-themed tour of the Netherlands, learn about the Dutch Masters on an art-oriented trip, delve into the country's World War II history, ride an e-bike through the countryside on a cycling tour, or choose a family-friendly itinerary that's filled with outdoor excursions and hands-on activities for all ages. Check out the itineraries below to learn more.
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.
Ten days is a perfect amount of time to explore the Netherlands. Opt for a classic tour around the country's cities, museums, windmills, and flower fields choose a trip plan that focuses on coastal destinations, learn about the Dutch Masters on an art-focused itinerary, or if you're traveling with children, consider a family-focused adventure. Alternatively, you could spend half your time in the Netherlands and the other half in Flanders on a trip that crosses the border to Belgium. Learn more about your various options by reading over the itineraries below.
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.
The Dutch coast has so much to offer, from quiet beaches to bustling cities to pristine national parks. This 10-day itinerary takes you through some of the top highlights, including picturesque Amsterdam, beautiful Oosterschelde National Park, the charming artisan center of Delft, and the architectural capital of Rotterdam. Ride a bike along with the impressive Delta Works, view historic windmills at Zaanse Schans, and explore remnants of the Dutch Golden Age in Middelburg. From nature to culture to history, this adventure has something for everyone.
Peaceful islands, maritime museums, a fairytale-themed amusement park — these are just a few of the attractions that make Holland a wonderful destination for a family vacation. On this two-week itinerary around the country, you'll explore the canals of Amsterdam on a private boat, see windmills at Kinderdijk, hike on a sandbar at low tide, explore interactive museums, and cycle from The Hague to a beach that's perfect for building sandcastles. Your accommodations, from a cabin on a windswept island to a fanciful suite on the edge of Holland's best theme park, are part of the fun. Bring the whole family — this well-rounded adventure is sure to please travelers of all ages!
Pedal past windmills, tulip fields, and castles on this wonderful two-week cycling tour of the Netherlands and Flanders! You'll explore green landscapes and coastal scenery as you make your way between historic Dutch cities like Haarlem, Delft, and Leiden, then cross over to Belgium, where medieval architecture and locally made chocolates await. There's so much to see and do in the region, and there's no better way to see it than on a bicycle.
The Netherlands and Belgium have produced some of the most famous names in art history: Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jan van Eyck, to name a few. On this two-week tour you'll learn all about their lives and work. Ride an e-bike through landscapes that inspired the Dutch Masters, tour Rembrandt's studio, view priceless masterpieces in world-class museums, and view the famed Ghent Altarpiece in St Bavo's Cathedral. This lively itinerary isn't only about art, you'll also enjoy a food tour of Antwerp, explore a national park, and relax on river beaches with locals.
Castles, cathedrals, windmills, canals: this two-week itinerary takes you through highlights of the Netherlands and Belgium. Starting in the vibrant Dutch capital of Amsterdam and ending in the cosmopolitan Belgian capital of Brussels, the adventure offers a mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor excursions. Learn about architecture in Rotterdam, see medieval Ghent from a boat, sample Belgian waffles in their place of origin, view original paintings by Vincent van Gogh, and experience natural landscapes with a ride through a national park on an e-bike. This grand tour has something for everyone!
Fields of tulips, antique windmills, paintings by Vincent van Gogh, boat rides on the canals of Amsterdam: on this magnificent two-week trip, you'll visit many of Holland's top highlights. Stops along the itinerary include the port city of Rotterdam, forested Hoge Veluwe National Park, and the windswept island of Texel, where you'll spend a few relaxing days at the end of the trip. No adventure in the Netherlands, of course, would be complete without a bicycle ride. So this action-packed itinerary also features several chances to explore historic cities and idyllic landscapes on two wheels!
Some of the most notable masters in European art history were Dutch: Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh, Hieronymus Bosch, to name a few. On this leisurely itinerary around Holland, you'll learn all about their legacies. Visit the region where van Gogh lived and worked, peek inside Vermeer's studio, revel in street art inspired by Bosch's fanciful paintings, and view masterpieces on exhibit at a museum inside Hoge Veluwe National Park. The tour isn't only about art, though — there's time set aside for boat tours, sampling Dutch cuisine, and cycling to the coast at your own pace.
Welcome to the perfect family destination — Holland! On this 10-day adventure, you'll explore the canals of Amsterdam on a private boat, see the windmills of Kinderdijk and learn how they work, spot beavers in their natural habitat at De Biesbosch National Park, and spend several days on the relaxed island of Texel. Travel by train, ferry, canoe, bus, and bicycle as you make your way between the country's top destinations. Featuring a mix of activities for adults and children alike, and diverse landscapes from mudflats to tulip fields, this itinerary is fun for the whole family.
This itinerary combines the highlights of the Netherlands with the best of Flanders (the Dutch-speaking half of Belgium). Start by exploring the famous art museums of Amsterdam, then head into the Dutch countryside to see small fishing villages, cheese markets, and picturesque windmills. You'll travel to the port city of Rotterdam for a bicycle tour before crossing into Belgium. Finish the trip by tasting gourmet local specialties on a food tour of Antwerp and cruising around medieval Ghent on a boat.
The Dutch coast has so much to offer, from quiet beaches to bustling cities to pristine national parks. This 9-day itinerary takes you through some of the top highlights, including picturesque Amsterdam, beautiful Oosterschelde National Park, the charming artisan center of Delft, and the architectural capital of Rotterdam. Ride a bike along with the impressive Delta Works, view historic windmills at Zaanse Schans, and explore remnants of the Dutch Golden Age in Middelburg. From nature to culture to history, this adventure has something for everyone.
History buffs won't want to miss this five-day tour of World War II sites and monuments in the Netherlands. From the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam to the Camp Westerbork detention camp, and from refugee hideaways in the woods to military cemeteries and memorials, there's so much to see and learn. Spend the night at the site where the Netherlands was liberated from the Nazis, walk with a veteran across a landmark bridge at sunset in Nijmegen, and wrap up the itinerary with a visit to the National Monument in Amsterdam.