10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Amsterdam — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and The Jordaan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zaanse Schans and Herengracht. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Rotterdam (Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam Centraal Station, &more) and Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, get curious at Body Worlds, and explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker tool.

Washington, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in Amsterdam hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Apeldoorn.
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Apeldoorn — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Paleis Het Loo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Andreaskerk of Grote Kerk Hattem. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Apenheul, get engrossed in the history at Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Apeldoorn holiday planner.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Apeldoorn in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kaatsheuvel.
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Kaatsheuvel — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then examine the collection at Museum Paulina Bisdom van Vliet. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Efteling.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Kaatsheuvel tour planner.

Traveling by car from Apeldoorn to Kaatsheuvel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Kaatsheuvel can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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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.