Duration: 3 Days
Highlights of Amsterdam
This tour takes in the highlights of Amsterdam in a brief 3 day tour. Amsterdam has a compact medieval city centre which makes it easy to explore on foot. There are many world-famous art galleries and museums to explore and a visit to Anne Frank’s house is highly recommended.
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- Return Ferry/Eurotunnel Crossing
- Executive Coach throughout
- All travel when at your destination
- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Overseas departure taxes if applicable
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Full Time Tour Director
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
Depart the UK
Depart school early and travel to Dover for your ferry crossing to Calais. Continue to travel to your hotel near Amsterdam.
Day in Amsterdam
Spend the full day in Amsterdam. Visit Anne Frank’s house and then Rijksmuseum (Holland’s largest museum).
In the afternoon, enjoy a canal cruise followed by a visit to the Van Gogh museum. Alternatively, you could visit the excellent NEMO centre which is the largest science centre in the Netherlands.
Take dinner on the floating restaurant
Spend the day visiting the Efteling Theme park, or you could visit Bruges or Ypres in Belgium.
Travel to Calais for your ferry back to the UK.
Anne Frank's House
Your students can visit the house where Anne Frank hid during WWII from Nazi persecution, with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex. Your group will discover that it is a writer’s house and a biographical museum which contains personal relics of the family. Sadly, she did not survive the war but her wartime diary was published in 1947 and many schools have studied her diary with their students. Ten years later the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block. The museum opened in 1960 and preserves the hiding place which has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank. There is also an exhibition describing all forms of persecution and discrimination.
Nemo Science Centre
If your group is studying science then a visit to this science museum, which has interactive exhibitions on how things work, is a must see. It is housed in a building that resembles the prow of a ship and contains five floors of hands-on science exhibitions and is the largest science centre in the Netherlands. Students can discover the concepts of DNA and chain reactions which include using giant dominoes with contraptions like a giant bell and a flying car. Your group can watch a show which features a large chain reaction circuit. Allow them to interact in a ball factory where small plastic balls are sent on a circuit where participants are to group them in weight, size, and colour and then send them to a packing facility where the balls go into a small metal box. Students can stick magnetic barcodes on the boxes and send them off to start the circuit again. Your group tour can enter a movie and performance hall where various acts and movies about science are shown or watch a display on the water cycle, electricity, metals and buildings. They can experiment in the giant science lab and test vitamin C in certain substances or look at DNA. There is also a small section on money and business. Students can learn more about the human mind and enjoy experiments such as memory tests, mind problems, and sense testers. The fourth floor is quite dark which adds to the eeriness of the surroundings.
Your group could visit and experience the horrors of the Amsterdam Dungeon, which attempts to show history through an interactive adventure. Your students can visit a Torture Chamber, which is the most graphic exhibit in the entire Dungeon. They can learn about the press ganging of locals to join the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and will be ambushed and forced on board a replica ship where they are made to work and fight the Spanish. Your students can also experience the ship’s doctor’s surgery where the surgeon gives witness of the brutalities of field surgery at sea. Your group can also watch a short film about the terror of the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century. They can experience atmospheric special effects to animate the ghost story of a woman convicted as a witch and brutally tortured before being burned at Dam Square. Your group can enter a disorientating and eerie mirror maze themed around the winding, disorientating labyrinth of streets of Amsterdam and experience a vividly animated recreation of the Great plague and the devastating effect the killer disease had on the city in 1664.
Efteling Theme Park
Allow your group to enjoy this most popular and largest theme park in The Netherlands. Set in a pine forest area, it is divided into four themed areas or ‘realms’. In the Ruigrijk (Adventure realm) are the serious roller coaster rides like Python. Marerijk (Fairy realm) is the home to the fairy tale forest. Anderrijk (Alternative Realm) has some rides that are inspired by non-Western cultures. Reizenrijk (travel Realm) has a carnival Festival ride which travels through several different ‘countries’.
Your group can take a five-minute walk down the Damrak from Centraal Station which takes you into this jam-packed square, jostling with locals and tourists day and night. Whatever the weather, there is always something going on for your students to enjoy. There are food stalls, restaurants and shops galore. It was created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the river Amstel to prevent the sea from flooding the city. Take your group to see the main attraction, The Royal Palace. Although no longer home to the Dutch Royal family, this grand 17th century building is still used to hold official receptions. Other places your group could visit include: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum; the New Church and Beurs van Berlage, an old stock exchange building now used for a concert hall and exhibition space.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is one of the most popular museums in the world that your group could visit, as it holds the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh, with more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 of his letters. It originally opened on in 1973 but over the years has been modernised and expanded to ensure it continues to be a truly leading-edge exhibition and visitor space.
Using a bicycle can ensure your group reaches places which remain inaccessible to others. This will give your students a fascinating picture of this famous canal city’s rich history. Your group tour will pass all the interesting spots such as the charming Jordaan quarter, the Anne Frank house, the Rijksmuseum, the Vondelpark and the “Skinny Bridge”. Experienced guides will show your school group the way and tell the fascinating story of the history and evolution of Amsterdam over the years.
Artis, short for Natura Artis Magistra, is a zoo in the centre of Amsterdam. Your school tour could visit and enjoy one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands, which is also one of the oldest zoos of mainland Europe. It also contains an aquarium, a planetarium, an arboretum and a fairly large art collection. Admire the diversity of plants and animals and enjoy its heritage. See over 700 species of animals including lions, zebras, and giraffes.
Whilst in Amsterdam, your group could enjoy a luxurious sightseeing canal cruise in an open boat to see the cultural highlights. The perfect day out! Taking a canal cruise through Amsterdam’s historic waterways is one of the best ways your students can explore the city. The guided boat trips offer unparalleled views of the centuries-old architecture, charming canal houses and monuments.
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is a museum for modern art, contemporary art, and design from the early 20th century up to the 21st century, and is a must visit, if your students are studying Art. It features artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Karel Appel, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Marlene Dumas, Lucio Fontana, and Gilbert & George. It is located close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Concertgebouw, at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South.
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam and will take your group back in time to discover the Dutch masters of the Golden Age. The museum is close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw, and located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South. It is also the largest art museum in the country and displays 8,000 objects of art, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. Also visit Asian display in the Asian pavilion.
Your group can discover this museum with the second-largest collection of works by Van Gogh in the world! The Kröller-Müller Museum is a national art museum and sculpture garden, located in the Hoge Veluwe National Parkin Otterlo in the Netherlands. The museum was founded by art collector Helene Kröller-Müller and opened in 1938. It also has a large sculpture garden for your group to explore.
If your students are studying Music then why not take a visit to see the famous Amsterdam Philharmonics, which is also called Concertgebouw (Concert Building). It is facing the Rijksmuseum. The classicist 19th century building has today a modern annex, with more space for the reception of the audience. Concertgebouw is home to the famous The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as The Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra and The Dutch Chamber Orchestra.
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.
This trip can be a reward trip for students that have studied hard over the course of the year and can give them a well-deserved break with their friends.
This tour is great for history students, giving them an insight into the events that took place and a sense of what it was like during this period in history.
Explore the impact of World War 2 and how events shaped the landscape.
Discover the Geological features of this amazing country where students will see the power of earths natural forces.
Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.
This tour provides and insight into the religious beliefs of the country and explores their values and principles.
Take an in-depth look at the Art of this fantastic destination where students can get up close and be inspired by world famous displays.
Inspire students with interactive science attractions on this tour.