One-Week the Netherlands Road Trip from Amsterdam to Arnhem, and The Hague

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8 days & 7 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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7 nights included
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8 days included
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Explore the best of the Netherlands on a 8-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Apeldoorn, Ede, Arnhem, Kaatsheuvel, Rotterdam, The Hague, Lisse, Rhenen, Utrecht, Haarzuilens, and Vleuten. This road trip itinerary in the Netherlands seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in the Netherlands takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 4 nights in Amsterdam, 1 night in Arnhem, and 2 nights in The Hague. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in the Netherlands. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Amsterdam, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover the Netherlands on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in the Netherlands. Efteling and Rijksmuseum are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Apeldoorn, Ede, Arnhem, Kaatsheuvel, Rotterdam, The Hague, Lisse, Rhenen, Utrecht, Haarzuilens, and Vleuten, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of the Netherlands. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in the Netherlands.

Throughout your road trip in the Netherlands, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in the Netherlands.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in the Netherlands fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in the Netherlands today!

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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 7 nights
Rental car, 8 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

South Holland - state in NetherlandsThe Hague / 2 nights
Ede - town in NetherlandsEde
Apeldoorn - city in NetherlandsApeldoorn
Amsterdam Netherlands dancing houses over river Amstel landmark in old european city spring landscape.Amsterdam / 4 nights
Kaatsheuvel
Utrecht - city in NetherlandsUtrecht
Rotterdam - city in NetherlandsRotterdam
Amstelveen - city in NetherlandsAmstelveen
Rhenen
Arnhem - city in NetherlandsArnhem / 1 night
Lisse
Vleuten
Haarzuilens

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Photo of entrance gateway to the Efteling theme park in the Netherlands.Efteling
Photo of Rijksmuseum museum with Amsterdam words in front of it, Amsterdam, Netherlands.Rijksmuseum
Photo of the renewed Van Gogh museum on the museum square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Van Gogh Museum
Photo of aerial view from the Westerkerk to the Anne Frank House and Canal with boats in Amsterdam.Anne Frank House
Photo of Keukenhof park of flowers and tulips in the Netherlands.Keukenhof
Photo of pond and beautiful blooming tulips in Vondelpark, Amsterdam.Vondelpark
Photo of royal Palace at the Dam Square in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Dam Square
Photo of Polar beer walking outside, in the zoo, Diergaarde Blijdorp, The Netherlands.Diergaarde Blijdorp
Photo of two Sri Lanka panthers rest on a large boulder in Burgers' Zoo in The Netherlands.Royal Burgers' Zoo
Photo of a lion taking a well-deserved rest at Artis zoo after being fed, Amsterdam.Artis
Photo of The Science Center NEMO at Osterdok, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.NEMO Science Center
Ouwehands Dierenpark, Rhenen, Utrecht, NetherlandsOuwehands Zoo
Photo of water reflection of a traditional Dutch building at Arnhem open air and national heritage museum, in Arnhem, Netherlands.Netherlands Open Air Museum
photo of squirrel monkey in Apenheul Primate Park in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.Apenheul Primate Park
Het Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen, North Holland, NetherlandsHet Amsterdamse Bos
Photo of Castle de Haar with the bridge in the foreground, located in Utrecht ,Netherlands.Castle De Haar
photo of Innovative cube houses in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.Cube House
Photo of The 'Mauritshuis' (House of Count Maurice of Nassau) was built as a home from 1636-164 in the Hague, the Netherlands.Mauritshuis
Photo of attractive view of Renowned Erasmusbrug (Swan Bridge) in Rotterdam in front of Port and Harbour.Erasmusbrug
photo of Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht, the Netherlands.Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum
Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe, Otterlo, Ede, Gelderland, NetherlandsHoge Veluwe National Park
Dungeon Amsterdam, Amsterdam, North Holland, NetherlandsDungeon Amsterdam
photo of beautiful morning at Negen Straatjes in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Negen Straatjes
photo of Hortus Botanicus is a botanical garden in the Plantage district of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is one of the world's oldest botanical gardens.Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
photo of Baron 1898 in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands.Baron 1898
photo of Máximapark in Alendorp, the Netherlands.Máximapark

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Day 1

Day 1 – Amsterdam - arrival day

  • Amsterdam - Arrival day
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  • Dam Square
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Welcome to Amsterdam, the perfect starting point for your road trip in the Netherlands! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 3 nights immersing yourself in Amsterdam's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Amsterdam is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Dam Square or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Find your way to your hotel in Amsterdam. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in the Netherlands. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Amsterdam. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Don’t miss out on dining at Café restaurant van Kerkwijk, a top-rated dining destination in Amsterdam. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider CAU Steak Restaurant, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Amsterdam this evening.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Excalibur Café, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Rosalia's Menagerie provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Café Hill Street Blues offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Raise a toast to the start of your 8-day road trip in the Netherlands!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Amsterdam, and Amstelveen

  • Amsterdam
  • Amstelveen
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Drive 27 km, 1 hour 31 min

  • Dungeon Amsterdam
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Vondelpark
  • Het Amsterdamse Bos
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Greet day 2 of your road trip in the Netherlands with a smile and start your day with a hearty breakfast. You will return to Amsterdam for your remaining 2 nights in the city later today, but first, it’s time for some exploring! On the agenda for this day, you’ll find only the best things to see and do in Amsterdam, and Amstelveen.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Dungeon Amsterdam. This extraordinary sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 12,314 visitors.

Next, make your way to Rijksmuseum. This top attraction is a national museum with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 93,402 visitors. Rijksmuseum welcomes 2,700,000 yearly visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Van Gogh Museum. Hosting 2,161,160 visitors every year, Van Gogh Museum is one of the most popular places to visit in Amsterdam. This art museum is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 86,536 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit Vondelpark. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 51,706 travelers.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Amsterdam and set your GPS to Amstelveen. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 23 min. Upon reaching Amstelveen, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Het Amsterdamse Bos, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 16,926 reviews.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Amsterdam.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Amsterdam's best restaurants.

Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Eye Film Museum, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Restaurant Ambassade offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Palmyra Syrian Restaurant. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Amsterdam.

Keep the evening going at Café Oporto, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Lost in Amsterdam Lounge Cafe & Cocktail Bar, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is 't Aepjen, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Say good night to Amsterdam and look forward to another great day of your road trip in the Netherlands!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam
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Drive 9 km, 1 hour

  • Anne Frank House
  • NEMO Science Center
  • Artis
  • Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
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Day 3 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Amsterdam for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Anne Frank House. This museum typically receives around 1,195,456 visitors every year and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 65,913 reviews.

Continue your journey at NEMO Science Center. This science museum is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 31,426 travelers from near and far. Approximately 502,990 people come to this place of interest every year to enjoy a unique experience in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is also the home of Artis. This zoo has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 31,710 visitors. Each year, around 1,400,000 travelers visit this top sight, and today is your chance to do the same.

You can continue your self-guided sightseeing tour at Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 10,686 visitors, a visit to this top sight is time well spent.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Amsterdam on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Amsterdam's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Make sure to book a table at Café Loetje, a popular restaurant in Amsterdam. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Alternatively, experience a taste of Amsterdam at Restaurant Moon, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Another top-rated restaurant to try is d'Vijff Vlieghen. As a dining spot that gains consistently high praise from guests, it’s an ideal choice to enhance your time to Amsterdam tonight.

Keep the evening going at Bar Bitterbal, a great choice for enjoying the after-dinner hours with a drink. You could also go to Twenty Third Bar, which offers a similarly pleasant setting and great drinks. Another option is SkyLounge Amsterdam, which provides an inviting environment for unwinding after a busy day out.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in the Netherlands!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Amsterdam, Apeldoorn, Ede, and Arnhem

  • Arnhem
  • Apeldoorn
  • Ede
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Drive 145 km, 2 hours 16 min

  • Apenheul Primate Park
  • Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Royal Burgers' Zoo
  • Netherlands Open Air Museum
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On day 4 of your road trip in the Netherlands, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Apeldoorn, Ede, and Arnhem. In the evening, you’ll end up in Arnhem, where you will stay for 1 night.

Set your GPS to Apeldoorn and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 7 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Apeldoorn beckons with new experiences!

Kick off the day at Apenheul Primate Park, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This zoo is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 17,919 reviews.

Ede’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Apeldoorn behind. This drive usually takes around 30 min. Ede welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe. This much-appreciated park is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 11,808 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Arnhem. Arnhem offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Arnhem. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Arneym, a top-rated dining destination in Arnhem. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Goed Proeven, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Trattoria & Pizzeria Così Arnhem. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Arnhem this evening.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at The Pegasus Arnhem, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Het Barretje No. 15, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Cafe Classen provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in the Netherlands!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Arnhem, Kaatsheuvel, Rotterdam, and The Hague

  • The Hague
  • Kaatsheuvel
  • Rotterdam
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Drive 191 km, 2 hours 47 min

  • Efteling
  • Baron 1898
  • Erasmusbrug
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 of your road trip in the Netherlands. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Kaatsheuvel, and Rotterdam. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in The Hague, which will be your home away from home for 2 nights.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Kaatsheuvel, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Arnhem to Kaatsheuvel may take around 1 hour 13 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Kaatsheuvel, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Make Efteling your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this amusement park an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 118,060 reviews. More than 5,400,000 people visit this place of interest every year.

Next up, make a stop at Baron 1898. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 8,520 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this dive coaster every year.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Kaatsheuvel, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Rotterdam. This drive usually takes around 53 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Erasmusbrug. This bascule bridge is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,932 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to The Hague, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of The Hague's best restaurants.

Experience a harmony of flavors at Publique in The Hague by securing a reservation in advance. Known for its Bib Gourmand status, Publique offers a delightful variety of dishes highlighting its delicious modern menu. If you're seeking an alternative culinary experience, be sure to explore Calla's, a highly recommended restaurant known for its enticing creative french cuisine. This popular 1-star Michelin-awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Ready for another culinary adventure? Indulge your senses at De Basiliek, a highly acclaimed restaurant celebrated for its exceptional modern menu.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Café de Stad, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Café Happy End provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Gekke Geit offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in the Netherlands!

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Day 6

Day 6 – The Hague, Rotterdam, and Lisse

  • The Hague
  • Rotterdam
  • Lisse
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Drive 112 km, 2 hours 19 min

  • Cube House
  • Diergaarde Blijdorp
  • Mauritshuis
  • Keukenhof
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On day 6 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Rotterdam. You’ll stay in Rotterdam for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Mauritshuis. Over 500,000 travelers visit this attraction every year. Previous visitors have rated this art museum an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 15,127 reviews.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Rotterdam has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Rotterdam offers and add your favorites to your the Netherlands travel package below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in The Hague. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at LOSH Restaurant, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Buitenhof Herring Stall? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Saray Restaurant Den Haag as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in The Hague.

Cap off your dinner by heading to American Bar, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Café 't Achterom is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, Coffeeshop Dizzy Duck is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in the Netherlands!

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Day 7

Day 7 – The Hague, Rhenen, Utrecht, Haarzuilens, Vleuten, and Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam
  • Rhenen
  • Utrecht
  • Haarzuilens
  • Vleuten
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Drive 221 km, 3 hours 21 min

  • Ouwehands Zoo
  • Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum
  • Castle De Haar
  • Máximapark
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On day 7 of your exciting self-drive vacation in the Netherlands, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 4 destinations, Rhenen, Utrecht, Haarzuilens, and Vleuten. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Amsterdam, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of The Hague, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Rhenen may take around 1 hour 21 min. Upon your arrival in Rhenen, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Ouwehands Zoo. This zoo is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Rhenen, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 21,767 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Rhenen, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Utrecht. Your travel time is around 43 min.

Kick off the day at Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. Attracting approximately 355,000 visits every year, this attraction is a must-see. This national museum is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 13,825 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Amsterdam, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Amsterdam. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Don’t miss out on dining at Gartine, a top-rated dining destination in Amsterdam. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Spirit Amsterdam, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at FuLu Mandarijn. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Amsterdam this evening.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Louis Bar, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Bar Mokum, a bar catering to every mood and preference. De Zotte likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

Head back to your accommodation in Amsterdam and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in the Netherlands!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Amsterdam - departure day

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  • Negen Straatjes
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Day 8 of your road trip in the Netherlands is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Amsterdam before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in the Netherlands by visiting Amsterdam’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in the Netherlands.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Negen Straatjes. Previous visitors have rated this group of geographic locations an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 12,365 reviews.

Before you conclude your road trip in the Netherlands, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Amsterdam.

Dine in style at Café Orloff Amsterdam, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Winkel 43 boasts a menu that's sure to impress.

You’ll then say farewell to Amsterdam. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in the Netherlands!

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