22 days in The Netherlands, Finland & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Vlissingen, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 3 nights
Levi, Finland
— 2 nights
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train to Zurich, Fly to Johannesburg


Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visit Strand Egmond aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee for some beach relaxation. For shopping fun, head to Markthal or De 9 Straatjes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery (in The Hague), De Vishal (in Haarlem) and Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Amsterdam is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in January, with highs in Amsterdam at 7°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vlissingen.
Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Beaches
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Vlissingen, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Vlissingen is a municipality and a city in the southwestern Netherlands on the former island of Walcheren. On the 29th (Sun), stroll through Badstrand, stop by Boulevard van Vlissingen, and then view the masterpieces at Kunst aan de Kust. On the next day, stroll through Strand Sint-Annaland and then kick back and relax at Oostkapelle Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vlissingen trip planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Vlissingen in 2.5 hours. In January in Vlissingen, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Rovaniemi, Finland — 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Arctic Circle Mall and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Step out of the city life by going to Soulmate Huskies and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Change things up with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, take a memorable tour with Tours, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Vlissingen to Rovaniemi with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Vlissingen in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Levi.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Levi, Finland — 2 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then take an exotic tour of Wingrens Dogsafaris, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): stop by Jemes Sport, get a dose of the wild on Powerun Adventures, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
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Helsinki, Finland — 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get in touch with nature at Furuvik rantasauna - Furuvik Beach Sauna and Hietaranta Beach. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Levi - with highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zermatt.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Mountaineers' Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Gornergrat and The Matterhorn. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, hit the slopes at Trockener Steg, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and take in the awesome beauty at Castor.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt road trip planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Helsinki to Zermatt in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, car, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks
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The Netherlands travel guide

Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Finland travel guide

Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Swiss Alps travel guide

Bodies of Water · Observation Decks · Mountains
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.