I booked a trip for a week flying in/out of Amsterdam (Schipol) this late fall, arriving 19:40 Saturday, Nov 25, then departing 13:20, Dec 1st. Technically 6 nights, but only 5 full days. Right now, I have a basic itinerary as follows:
Arrive, Take train/tram into Amsterdam and check into lodging on a canal off Prinsengracht in the Jordaan.
Sun, Mon, Tues: Visit Anne Frank Huis, National Holocaust Museum, Resistance Museum, Van Gogh Museum, and possibly the Rijksmuseum. Walks: Dam Square, Red Light, see De Oude Kerk, Begijnhof. Duck into a brown bar for a beer. Just hang out, as we know the days are short.
Wednesday-Thursday: Take the train to Delft in earlier am, possibly stopping in Lieden on the way (morning), spend 2/3 hours there, then onto Delft for that night and the next day. Relax and walk, sight see.
Friday: Train to Schipol, depart.
First question: Any suggestions on places to see or thoughts on something to skip or not miss, appreciated. We like museums, we don't need to see every one, though, and my only reservation about the Rijksmuseum is, I know there are over 8,000 pieces to see. Is it too much for too little time, considering we would like to also go to the Van Gogh?
Second question: Upon reading a bit more (Moon guide), I'm wondering, (just wondering) if we should leave early Wed morning and train to Bruges instead, spend that day/night; then train Thurs morning to Delft and see Delft, spend night; on to Schipol Friday am. We use carryon only backpacks, small, weight is anticipated at around 12-14lbs max for each of us. We are youngish, experienced overseas travelers, don't mind moving, probably a bit faster than some.
However, I don't want to short-shrift either place. The Moon guide has a very ambitious itinerary that I am not sure I would follow no matter what, but it did open up the possibility of visiting Bruges. Now I've seen pictures and oops. That was a mistake.
Or should I wait until I have several days to devote to Belgium? I would not have chosen to arrive so late normally: this was a VERY good deal on airfare. If I were landing earlier, I'd immediately train to Bruges for one night, and spend at least 24 hours there, then onto Delft for an afternoon/overnight, then on to Amsterdam for the remaining days. (If Aer Lingus makes any changes, I will be all over asking for an earlier flight, believe me.)
I have booked my lodging in Amsterdam and Delft but all is changeable and refundable.
Any advice from locals regarding weather at that time of year (or any other bit) is very welcome. I have been reading many posts and talking to other members who have visited as well.