12 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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12 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Rotterdam
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Amsterdam
— 6 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Schiphol
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Accra

3
nights
Rotterdam

Rotterdam ©
Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Get in touch with nature at Scheveningen Beach and Landgoed Clingendael. We've included these beaches for you: Zandmotor and Vrouwenpolder Beach. Explore Rotterdam's surroundings by going to Klimpark Het Klimeiland (in Leidschendam) and The Hague (Hofvijver, Haagse Bos, & more). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, trek along Papaver Delft, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rotterdam trip website .

Accra, Ghana to Rotterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Accra to Rotterdam due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Accra in December; daily highs in Rotterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Hague, Delft, Vrouwenpolder Beach
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Scheveningen Beach ©
Scheveningen Beach
Zandmotor ©
Zandmotor
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©

6
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Zandvoort aan Zee and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Do your shopping at Leidseplein and De Kaaskamer. Change things up with these side-trips from Amsterdam: Hoge Veluwe National Park (in Hoenderloo) and Strand Egmond aan Zee (in Egmond aan Zee). There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Jordaan, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, steep yourself in history at Anne Frank House, and admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Schiphol.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Hoge Veluwe National Park, Zandvoort aan Zee, Strand Egmond aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Leidseplein ©
Leidseplein

2
nights
Schiphol

Schiphol ©
On the 1st (Wed), try to win big at Haarlemmermeerse Bos, admire the striking features of Gasthuis Huisjes (van het vroegere St. Elisabeth's Gasthuis), explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Gemund, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Raaks Halle, then look for gifts at Melgers Wijn en Dranken, and then browse the collection at Bibliotheek Haarlem Centrum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Schiphol trip planner.

Schiphol is just a stone's throw from Amsterdam. In December, daytime highs in Schiphol are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Schiphol

Shopping Museums Spas

Side Trips

Haarlem, Haarlemmermeerse Bos
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Raaks Halle ©
Raaks Halle
Spas
Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum

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