20 days in The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

20 days in The Netherlands & Paris Itinerary

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Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Bus:  30 min
2
Haarlem, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Albert Cuyp Market and Tertius Collection. Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, contemplate the long history of Willet-Holthuysen Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam holiday planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Amsterdam is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Amsterdam is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in May, things will get much colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Haarlem.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Fishing Charters & Tours
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Heineken Experience ©
Heineken Experience

5
nights
Haarlem, The Netherlands

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Visiting Zandvoort aan Zee and Strand Camperduin will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Callantsoog Beach and Bloemendaal Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haarlem: Natuurgebied Zwanenwater (in Callantsoog), Badstrand Hargen aan Zee (in Groet) and Keukenhof (in Lisse). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, take in the exciting artwork at De Vishal, look for all kinds of wild species at Hertenkamp Bloemendaal, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Waalse Kerk Haarlem.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Haarlem travel planner.

Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Haarlem

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Callantsoog, Bloemendaal, Strand Egmond aan Zee, Zandvoort aan Zee, Noordhollands Duinreservaat
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Zandvoort aan Zee ©
Zandvoort aan Zee
Strand Egmond aan Zee ©
Strand Egmond aan Zee
Callantsoog Beach ©
Callantsoog Beach

3
nights
Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Giethoorn ©
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. Get in touch with nature at Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden and De Wieden. Get out of town with these interesting Giethoorn side-trips: National park Dwingelderveld (in Dwingeloo), National Park Drentsche Aa (in Oudemolen) and Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Giethoorn trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Haarlem to Giethoorn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Giethoorn, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sint Jansklooster, National park Dwingelderveld, National Park Drentsche Aa, Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld
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Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden ©
Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden
National park Dwingelderveld ©
National park Dwingelderveld
Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld ©
Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld

7
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Head to Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarterfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at L'Orangerie, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Giethoorn to Paris. In May in Paris, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Versailles, Parc et Jardin du Chateau de Vandrimare, L'Arche Feline, Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups
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Le Marais ©
Le Marais
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees

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