5 days in Porto, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

5 days in Porto, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

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5 days in Porto, Amsterdam & Rotterdam Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
1
Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Porto, Portugal

1
night
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 28th (Tue), make a trip to Liberdade Square, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and finally look for gifts at Livraria Lello. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get lost in a book at Museu Serralves, and then pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

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If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. January in Porto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Porto

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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and finally pause for some photo ops at Sculpture De Violist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, then get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then stroll around Vondelpark, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

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You can fly from Porto to Amsterdam in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Porto in January, with highs in Amsterdam at 7°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Church, shop like a local with The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then get a sense of history and politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Euromast.

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Getting from Amsterdam to Rotterdam by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Hague, Old Church
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Euromast ©
Euromast
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©

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