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Help needed for Netherlands itinerary please

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My husband and I are planning a trip to the Netherlands next April and possibly into May. We are retired so our timing is flexible. Often our trips have lasted 3 weeks. I need assistance in planning our itinerary. From my research, it seems that, at least for the first section of the trip, using trains and buses would be preferable to renting a car. I do wonder whether we would be best off renting a car to drive to the Arnhem area and keep the car for the rest of the trip. Also, any suggestions on the best date to arrive in the Netherlands would be appreciated. I know that April has Easter (April 16 and 17, 2017) and King's Day (April 27, 2017). Our entire April is clear as is the first week of May in 2017.

My husband loves to take photos. We prefer to travel slowly and see as much as possible because we go with the thought we will not make it back to any of these locations. We are in our early 60s.

Fly NYC to Amsterdam. I thought we would need about 4 days to see the sights of the city. For day trips I want to go to Enkhuizen (could we or should we see Hoorn on the same day?), Edam together with Volendam and Marken, and Haarlem. Should we try to make it to Alkmaar or any other places as day trips from Amsterdam? With the day trips, we would need at least 7 full days in Amsterdam, I think.

We would travel by train to Delft or The Hague using one of those as a base for the next few days. One day we would go to Leiden and Keukenhof gardens. One day for The Hague. One day for Delft. Perhaps see Gouda on one of those days. One day for Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Kinderdijk. One day for Utrecht. That would mean 5 full days in this area.

I was thinking that this might be where we should pick up a car rather than continuing using public transportation because it would give us more flexibility but perhaps you will suggest we continue using trains instead.

Travel to the Arnhem area. My husband is a WWII scholar so we need one day for a battlefield tour and the airborne museum. One day for the National Park de Hoge Veluwe and Kroller-Muller Museum. One day for Appeldorn and the Palais Het Loo. That would mean we would need 3 full days in this area. Any suggestions on the best town to base ourselves in? I've seen recommendations for Appledorn and Otterloo.

I would like to go to Zwolle (I've seen recommendations to use this town as a base) and visit Giethoorn, Kampen, Zutphen and Deventer. How many days would we need to visit this area without rushing from place to place?

That would bring us up to about 18 days. Unless there is some place else you highly recommend, I think we would go back to Amsterdam and fly home.

I would really appreciate any help you can offer.

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