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Traditional windmills throughout the Alblasserwaard polder of Kinderdijk
How Many Days to Spend in the Netherlands

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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5 Days in the Netherlands - 5 Unique Itineraries

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.

Harbour in Urk
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1 Week in the Netherlands - 5 Unique Itineraries

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.

A canal on an autumn day
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10 Days in the Netherlands - 5 Unique Itineraries

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.

Kitesurfing on Scheveningen Beach
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2 Weeks in the Netherlands - 5 Unique Itineraries

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.