33 days in Holland & Barcelona Itinerary

33 days in Holland & Barcelona Itinerary

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33 days in Holland & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 8 nights
train:  45​min
2
Rotterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
The Hague, Holland
— 8 nights
train:  1​h
4
Zaandam, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Haarlem, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Utrecht, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Leiden, Holland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Almere, Holland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam, Holland

8
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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beer Tastings & Tours and Food Tours. Take a break from Amsterdam with a short trip to Mondial Museum in Volendam, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, take a stroll through The Jordaan, walk around Vondelpark, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online trip maker .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mondial Museum
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

3
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Rotterdam, Holland

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Old Harbour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some photo ops at Destroyed City, then don't miss a visit to Witte de Withstraat, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Efteling.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rotterdam day trip app .

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Rotterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Theme Parks Tours Parks

Side Trip

Efteling
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Efteling ©
Efteling
Destroyed City ©
Destroyed City
Wilhelminapier ©
Wilhelminapier

8
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The Hague, Holland

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Explore hidden gems such as Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace) and Madurodam. You'll find plenty of places to visit near The Hague: De Mekkerstee (in Ouddorp), Hoek van Holland (Atlantikwall-Museum & Hoek van Holland beach) and Strand Rockanje (in Rockanje). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Panorama Mesdag, hike along Landgoed Clingendael, walk around Delftse Hout, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the The Hague online travel planner .

The Hague is just a short distance from Rotterdam. August in The Hague sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zaandam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Delft, Hoek van Holland, Strand Rockanje, Voorlinden Museum, Molen Windlust, Wateringen
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Madurodam ©
Madurodam
Panorama Mesdag ©
Panorama Mesdag

2
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Zaandam, Holland

Zaandam ©
Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a stroll through Stadshart Zaandam, make a trip to Molen De Kat, relax in the rural setting at Catharina Hoeve Cheese Farm, then see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, then take an in-depth tour of De Bonte Hen, and finally stroll around Jagersplas. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of De Zoeker Molen, see the interesting displays at Zaans Museum, admire the striking features of Windmillamsterdam, then see the interesting displays at Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, then steep yourself in history at Het Jonge Schaap, and finally admire the masterpieces at Streets of the World Photo Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zaandam trip maker tool .

Getting from The Hague to Zaandam by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Zaandam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Haarlem.

Things to do in Zaandam

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
De Zoeker Molen ©
De Zoeker Molen
Molen De Kat ©
Molen De Kat

2
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Haarlem, Holland

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll around Haarlemmerhout, don't miss a visit to Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt, then admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Het Strand van IJmuiden aan Zee. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Haarlem trip maker website .

Haarlem is just a short distance from Zaandam. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Utrecht.

Things to do in Haarlem

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Het Strand van IJmuiden aan Zee, Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland
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Het Strand van IJmuiden aan Zee ©
Het Strand van IJmuiden aan Zee
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum

2
nights
Utrecht, Holland

Utrecht ©
As one of the Netherland's largest university towns, Utrecht is bursting with young energy.
On the 29th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area, enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower, take an in-depth tour of DOMunder, admire the natural beauty at Botanic Gardens, then admire the striking features of Rietveld Schroder House, and finally walk around Wilhelminapark. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, pause for some serene contemplation at Pandhof Domkerk, get engrossed in the history at Museum Catharijneconvent, then see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), and finally relax in the rural setting at Geertjes Hoeve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Utrecht trip planner .

Traveling by train from Haarlem to Utrecht takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Utrecht can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Leiden.

Things to do in Utrecht

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canals area ©
Canals area
Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©

2
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Leiden, Holland

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): make a trip to De Burcht, take in nature's colorful creations at Hortus botanicus Leiden, steep yourself in history at Molen de Put, then engage your brain at CORPUS 'journey through the human body', then admire the landmark architecture of Koornbrug Leiden uit 1642-1825, and finally pause for some photo ops at De Zijlpoort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Molenmuseum de Valk, admire the masterpieces at Museum De Lakenhal, examine the collection at Museum Volkenkunde, then don't miss a visit to Los Canales de Leiden, and finally cool off at Duinrell Amusement Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Leiden route planner .

You can take a train from Utrecht to Leiden in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Almere.

Things to do in Leiden

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Los Canales de Leiden, Duinrell Amusement Park
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Museum De Lakenhal ©
Museum De Lakenhal
Molenmuseum de Valk ©
Molenmuseum de Valk
Molen de Put ©
Molen de Put

2
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Almere, Holland

Almere ©
Almere is a planned city and municipality in the province of Flevoland, Netherlands, bordering Lelystad and Zeewolde. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Stichting Aap, walk around De Kemphaan, meet the residents at ZOO Almere Jungle, then admire the striking features of Station Almere Centrum, then get lost in a book at De Nieuwe Bibliotheek, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oostvaardersplassen.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Almere trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Leiden to Almere in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Almere can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Almere

Parks Nature Wildlife
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De Kemphaan ©
De Kemphaan
Oostvaardersplassen ©
Oostvaardersplassen
De Nieuwe Bibliotheek ©
De Nieuwe Bibliotheek

3
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Amatller, and finally contemplate the long history of Vila Vella (Old Town). On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Barcelona vacation builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Almere to Barcelona. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Almere in September: high temperatures in Barcelona hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Vila Vella (Old Town)
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Vila Vella (Old Town) ©
Vila Vella (Old Town)
Food Tours
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

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