May 16-18 Amsterdam
May 18-20 Delft?
May 20-22 Leiden?
We got a great deal on airfare to Amsterdam this spring and are excited to make the most of 6 nights. We want to stay in areas not too far from Amsterdam in order to minimize travel time, but would still like to see some different towns in the Netherlands. We understand there is so much to see in Amsterdam that 2 days is just scratching the surface of what the city has to offer; so my thought is that staying nearby will give us the option to return to the city if there is something we MUST see but didn't quite have time for. However, I really enjoy smaller towns and it seems like Delft and Leiden would both be great options.
Just wondering if anyone has suggestions or would modify the itinerary? Do you have a must-see spot that we shouldn't miss?! I'm not tied down to Delft but am leaning toward that area, or Haarlem, or The Hague - and ideally will plan to visit each town with day trips if there is time.
I've seen articles on the "Venice of Netherlands" - Giethoorn - and it looks pretty cool, but not sure if it will be realistic with our time frame, or worthwhile to fit in with our itinerary.
For Amsterdam, we've already purchased Van Gogh Museum tickets and I'm planning to get Anne Frank house tickets once available. We'd like to see the Rijksmuseum also. Unfortunately, I think we'll be past the tulip season, but would love to still explore some lovely countryside, perhaps a canal tour, and definitely want to rent bikes at some point. We've done walking tours in the past and really enjoyed those also. We are into a little bit of shopping, but can only do so much of that. The "nine streets" area in Amsterdam sounds really cool for shopping though.
Thank you for any input and suggestions!