Amsterdam & the Dutch Coast

  • Amsterdam school trip
    Amsterdam is an ideal destination for school groups.
  • Dutch coast school trip
    The Dutch Coast offers a number of interesting and educational visits for school groups.
  • religious studies school trip to Amsterdam
    Explore Amsterdam's Jewish heritage at the Jewish Historical Museum.
  • Amsterdam & Dutch Coast school trip
    Dutch clogs - a classic tourist souvenir from the Netherlands.
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    The Rijksmuseum, a must on any art school trip to Amsterdam.

The tour was enjoyed by all 34 students, visits were varied giving students an excellent insight to design, the arts and Dutch culture. GT, Seven Kings High School

Our tours to the Netherlands have the option of staying right in the heart of the Dutch capital, or basing themselves in two great seaside locations, both approximately 45 minutes away by coach.

Of course, Amsterdam is an essential ingredient on any educational tour of the Netherlands, offering as it does a wealth of sightseeing opportunities, from world-famous museums and art collections, poignant reminders of the wartime experience to a vibrant contemporary and cosmopolitan culture.

Heading towards the coast meanwhile, Noordwijk is a former fishing village turned popular beach resort, surrounded by woods and wild dunes in the heart of the Dutch bulb growing area. Beyond its huge sandy beach and the many other attractions in town, it is also renowned as home to Europe’s first permanent space exhibition, Space Expo.

A little further north, Egmond is situated close to Alkmaar, famous for its cheese market, and the North Holland Dune Reserve, with plenty of activities to be found in and around this lively coastal village.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around the Dutch capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Amsterdam school trip itinerary and budget.

On the Dutch coast meanwhile, the Stayokay Noordwijk is a completely renovated hostel situated right by the dunes and woods; the 2-6 bedded rooms all have private facilities, and apart from the usual public areas, meeting rooms are available.

Amsterdam School Trip – Subject Suitability

All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here are a few popular sample itineraries for a Dutch Coast or Amsterdam school trip:

4 Days by Coach to Amsterdam

Day 1 – Journey by coach to Dover, crossing the Channel to Calais. Continue on to Amsterdam, arriving in time for dinner.
Day 2 – A full day spent exploring the many delights of the Dutch capital, with visits tailored to suit your group’s particular requirements.
Day 3 – Spend another day in Amsterdam or head out on an excursion to discover more of the Netherlands – options as detailed below.
Day 4 – Depart after breakfast with a packed lunch to start the journey back to school.

4 Days by Coach to the Dutch Coast

Day 1 – Departing from school, travel by coach to Dover, taking the short-sea crossing to Calais. Continue on to the Dutch coast (approx. 5 1/2 hours), arriving in time for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 2 – Spend the day in and around Noordwijk, taking advantage of the many leisure activities, as well as visiting the popular Space Expo.
Day 3 – A full day’s excursion to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam where, depending on your learning emphasis, your itinerary could include one of the many visits as detailed below.
Day 4 – Depart after breakfast with a packed lunch to start the journey back to school.

4 Days by Air to Amsterdam

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Amsterdam (flight time is approximately 60 – 90 minutes depending on the location of your departure airport). Head into the city centre, arriving in time for dinner.
Day 2 – A full day spent exploring the many delights of the Dutch capital, with visits to suit your group’s particular requirements.
Day 3 – Enjoy another day in Amsterdam or alternatively head out of the capital and discover more of the Netherlands – options as detailed below.
Day 4 – Head back to the airport to begin your homebound journey.

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Schools from the north may prefer to take overnight sailings from Hull to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, to make the coach journeys much shorter.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Amsterdam

Popular Visits & Excursions

Canal Cruise – An essential part of the city landscape, a cruise along the canals of Amsterdam is a fantastic way to see the Dutch capital.
Dam Square – Home to a number of Amsterdam landmarks including the Koninklijk Palace, the National Monument and Niewe Kerk.
Flower Market – An Amsterdam institution since 1862, the Bloemenmarkt represents the last of the city’s floating flower markets and offers a colourful and beautifully fragrant sight on the Singel Canal.
Anne Frank Huis – The home where Anne and her family hid for two years during the WWII German occupation of Amsterdam. See the secret annexe where the family hid, together with photographs, books, letters and other personal documents including Anne’s fascinating diary. **Please note that visits to Anne Frank Huis must now be booked directly by the school.**
Dutch Resistance Museum – Shows the work of the resistance movement during the Nazi occupation, with a focus on the dangers of discrimination and intolerance.
National Holocaust Museum – Presents a range of exhibitions and events that introduce visitors to the Holocaust, illustrated by authentic objects and based on personal accounts.
Jewish Historical Museum – Located at the heart of Amsterdam’s former Jewish quarter and housed in four former Ashkenazi synagogues dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, its permanent exhibition reflects the past and present of Jewish life.
Portuguese Synagogue – Founded in 1639 by Sephardic Jews who had fled from Spain and Portugal to the Netherlands, this is Holland’s oldest Jewish community, one of the largest and richest during the Dutch Golden Age. Also known as Esnoga, today the synagogue still serves as an active place of worship and a popular tourist attraction.
Rijksmuseum – An absolute essential for students of art and art history, this prestigious museum contains an unrivalled collection of 15th-17th century Dutch art, including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Van Gogh Museum – Home to the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s masterpieces, this fascinating museum houses over 200 pictures and 550 sketches, in addition to works by contemporaries such as Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Picasso and Pissarro.
Stedelijk Museum – An international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
Hermitage Museum – A Dutch extension of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Hermitage Amsterdam plays host to a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions on loan from its Russian big sister.
Museum of Bags and Purses – The world’s only museum with such an extensive and specialised collection of over 5,000 bags, this museum charts the history of the handbag from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Highlights include bags belonging to Madonna and Margaret Thatcher.
FOAM Photography Museum – Foam exhibits all facets of the photographic medium, from contemporary to historical work and from fine art to applied photography.
Amsterdam Centre for Architecture – Worth a visit to see the building alone, this futuristic-looking centre for architecture provides information on over 600 of Amsterdam’s buildings.
EYE Film Museum – A cinema and museum dedicated to the world and history of the moving image.
Dutch Press Museum – Covers the 400-year-long history of journalism and press in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
NEMO Science Center – The largest centre for science in the Netherlands, NEMO offers a fun and interactive approach to bringing everyday science to life.

Amsterdam school trip images courtesy of NBTC and Magnus Manske.

Amsterdam Arena – Home ground of Ajax, the Netherlands’ most famous football club.
Diamond Factory Tour – Go behind the scenes at a diamond factory and learn about the history and processes involved in diamond polishing, as well as the four C’s: carat, cut, colour and clarity.
Schiphol Airport Tour – A fascinating behind-the-scenes tour giving visitors an insight into life at one of the world’s busiest airports. You’ll get to see the fire station, snow fleet, airplane hangers, platform at Schiphol Oost and much more.


Noordwijk Space Expo – As well as a space exhibition, this is also the visitor centre for the European Space Agency. Take the space train to visit ESTEC, the European Space Technology and Research Centre.
The Hague – Arguably Holland’s most important city after Amsterdam, The Hague is home to the Dutch royal family, the political seat of the Netherlands and location of the International Courts of Justice, the International Criminal Court and a UN host city.
Mauritshuis – Also known as the Royal Picture Gallery, this museum in The Hague is home to Vermeer’s famous painting, The Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Leiden – Birthplace of Rembrandt, Leiden is an attractive city, home to the oldest university and the oldest botanical gardens in the Netherlands.
Delft – Renowned as the City of Orange, birthplace of Vermeer and famous for its distinctive blue pottery, Delft is also home to the Science Centre.
National Monument Kamp Vught – Situated on part of the former Herzogenbusch Concentration Camp, this was the only concentration camp run directly by the SS in western Europe outside of Germany. The camp held some 31,000 prisoners, of which 749 died, before being liberated by Allied Forces in 1944.
Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ – Dedicated to exploring the Battle of Arnhem, the Airborne Experience allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of British parachutists as they made their way to Arnhem in September 1944.
Netherlands Open Air Museum – An open-air museum and park located near Arnhem with antique houses, farms and factories from different parts of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Open Air Museum is a national museum focusing on the culture associated with the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Kröller-Müller Museum – Situated in the Hoge Veluwe National Park just north of Arnhem, this museum boasts the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world, containing almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. There’s also masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan, as well as one of Europe’s largest sculpture gardens.
Cheese and clog farms – Scattered around the Dutch countryside, learn the traditional ways of producing cheese and crafting wooden clogs.
Zaanse Schans Windmill Village – Recreating a traditional living and working Dutch community, this picturesque open-air museum offers wooden windmills, houses and barns built in an authentic Dutch architectural style.
Duinrell Leisure Park – Offering a fun-filled day, this is the largest covered water park in Benelux, with 11 water chutes at the Tiki pool, in addition to rollercoasters and rides at the amusement park.
Deltapark Neeltje Jans – With over half of the Netherlands situated below sea water, see the important role of the storm surge barrier of the Eastern Scheldt. Deltapark is also a water theme park, complete with a water playground, hurricane simulator, boat rides and seal/sea lion shows.
Madurodam – Situated in The Hague, Madurodam contains a world-famous miniature representation of Holland.

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