13 Days in The Netherlands

Day 1: April 18 – Departure

  • Flight: New York (EWR) to Amsterdam (AMS)

Day 2: April 19 – Arrival in Amsterdam

  • Accommodation: Hotel Lion d’Or, Haarlem.
  • Activity: Explore Haarlem
    • Windmill De Adriaan: A historic windmill with a museum offering scenic views.
    • Bakenessergracht: A picturesque canal with charming houses.
    • Grand Café Brinkmann: A popular spot for meals with a traditional Dutch ambiance.

Day 3: April 20 – Haarlem

  • Activities:
    • Grote Markt: Central square with historical buildings and a vibrant market.
    • St. Bavo Church: Gothic church known for its Muller organ played by Handel and Mozart.
    • Vleeshal: Historic meat hall now an art exhibition space.
    • Ten Boom Museum: House museum dedicated to the Ten Boom family who hid Jews during WWII.
    • Smidtje Canal Cruises: Guided canal tours offering a unique view of Haarlem.
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast: Crepe Affair or Ted’s All Day Brunch.
    • Lunch: Frietkamer or Crêpe Affair.
    • Dinner: Jopenkerk (brewery in a former church).

Day 4: April 21 – Day Trip to Keukenhof

  • Activities:
    • Keukenhof: Expansive park showcasing Dutch spring flowers, open from March to May.
  • Meals:
    • Lunch: Roast Bar Haarlem or Bambu Haarlem.
    • Dinner: Fortuyn or Miyagi & Jones Haarlem.

Day 5: April 22 – The Hague and Delft

  • Travel: Train to The Hague, check into Moxy The Hague.
  • Activities:
    • Nieuwe Kerk: Historic church with royal tombs.
    • Oude Kerk: Known for its leaning tower and as Johannes Vermeer’s burial site.
    • Royal Delft: 17th-century pottery factory and museum.
  • Meals:
    • Lunch: Kek – De koffiebar van Delft.
    • Dinner: Spijshuis De Dis (reservation for 6:00 pm).

Day 6: April 23 – The Hague

  • Activities:
    • Madurodam: Miniature park depicting Dutch buildings and landmarks.
    • Peace Palace: International court of justice with a visitor center.
    • Japanese Garden: Serene garden with traditional Japanese landscaping.
    • Landgoed Clingendael: 17th-century manor with a park.
  • Meals:
    • Lunch: Depot Podjok (Indonesian restaurant).
    • Dinner: HANNO – Groots café.

Day 7: April 24 – Amsterdam

  • Travel: Check out from Moxy The Hague, travel to Amsterdam. Check into Hotel NH Amsterdam Centre.
  • Activities:
    • Dam Square: Central public square with historical monuments.
    • Royal Palace: Grand residence for royal receptions, open to the public.
    • The New Church: Exhibition space hosting royal ceremonies.
    • De Wallen: Amsterdam’s medieval city center with bars and coffee shops.
  • Meals:
    • Lunch: At convenience.
    • Dinner: Sampurna (Traditional Rijsttafel).

Day 8: April 25 – Amsterdam

  • Activities:
    • Hungry Birds Street Food Tours: Guided food tour exploring local street food.
  • Meals:
    • Dinner: The Yeti (Nepalese & Indian fare).

Day 9: April 26 – Amsterdam

  • Activities:
    • Pancake Bakery: Famous for traditional Dutch pancakes.
    • Pure Boats Amsterdam: Canal tour offering a luxurious view of the city.
    • NEMO Science Museum: Interactive science exhibits and experiments.
    • Skinny Bridge: Historic narrow bridge illuminated at night.
  • Meals:
    • Dinner: Libertine Petit Café (6 pm reservation).

Day 10: April 27 – Amsterdam

  • Activities:
    • Anne Frank House: Museum in the house where Anne Frank hid during WWII.
    • Van Gogh Museum: Home to the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings.
    • Vondelpark: Large urban park with a playground and open-air theater.
    • Foodhallen: Indoor food market with diverse culinary stalls.
  • Meals:
    • Dinner: Foodhallen.

Day 11: April 28 – Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Volendam, and Marken

  • Guided Tour: With Get Your Guide.
    • Zaanse Schans: Historic windmills and traditional Dutch houses.
    • Volendam: Fishing village with old harbor and wooden houses.
    • Marken: Village known for its wooden houses and traditional Dutch culture.
  • Meals:
    • Lunch: On tour.
    • Dinner: Thai Thai Poppetje.

Day 12: April 29 – Utrecht

  • Activities:
    • Bloemenmarkt: Floating flower market.
    • Amsterdam Tulip Museum: History of tulips and a gift shop.
    • Museum of the Canals: Interactive exhibits about Amsterdam’s canal system.
  • Meals:
    • Lunch: Fabel Friet.
    • Dinner: Pancakes Amsterdam Negen Straatjes.

Day 13: April 30 – Departure

  • Travel: Check out from Hotel NH Amsterdam Centre.
  • Flight: Amsterdam (AMS) to Reykjavik (KEF) on Icelandair FI 501.
  • Flight: Reykjavik (KEF) to New York (EWR) on Icelandair FI 623.

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