School Business Studies Trips to Amsterdam
Tourism, finance, flowers (especially tulips) and beer all play a prominent role in the economy of the Netherlands, and a visit here gives Business Studies students the chance to see many examples of these industries in action.
International connections from Schipol Airport and Rotterdam’s’ Europort, coupled with the country’s fantastic infrastructure and seamless public transport links, means the opportunities for your students spread beyond the capital city, Amsterdam. Located outside of the city, the Aalsmeer Flower Auction and the Delft Pottery Factory are fine examples of some of the country’s largest exports, whilst a visit to the Europort in Rotterdam allows students to appreciate the quantity of goods that pass through the country.
A trip to the Netherlands offers a fascinating insight into the business world, with a wide variety of exceptional visits to choose from.
Selection of Study Excursions
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
This is the largest flower auction in the world and from the gallery students can view the auction rooms as the action unfolds. During the tour, and at various points along the gallery, information is provided by an English audio system so that students can understand how such a large and complex system works.
Owned by the City of Amsterdam, the Ajax Arena is home to AFC Ajax and is a popular conference venue. The tour of the stadium allows students access to the heart of a vast and fascinating organisation. Photographs can be taken at the side of the pitch or from the top of the stand; students can sit in the commentator’s box or the royal enclosure, and after the tour, the group is taken to the museum next door, home of AFC Ajax’s trophies and other memorabilia.
Rotterdam - Spido Boat Port Tour
At the head of the Rhine, Rotterdam is home to Europe’s largest port. A tour enables students to see the true scale of the operation and appreciate for themselves the sheer quantity of goods passing through the port. The boat tour provides commentary in English and helps those on board to understand how operations on such a large scale can progress efficiently.
Coster Diamond Factory
Demonstrations of the cutting, polishing and setting of new diamonds into jewellery allow groups to gain an amazing insight into this historic and distinguished industry. Tours take groups through to a sales room where students will be able to see (and hold) various shapes and sizes of diamonds and they will learn how to spot the difference in quality and value. The museum contains films and an exhibition about the history of diamonds, where they come from and how they are mass produced.
Delft Pottery Factory
A guided tour in English will take you to see a painting demonstration, the company museum with antique Delft Blue pieces and the production process in the factory. You can also visit the showroom which has a comprehensive collection of hand-painted Delft Blue by Royal Delft, as well as an extensive selection of Dutch earthenware and souvenirs.
Anne Frank’s House
Bring the words of Anne Frank’s diary to life with a visit to the place where it all happened. Take a journey through Anne Frank’s house, discovering original objects, documentation and photographs that are on display. Climb the narrow staircase to the secret annex where Anne and seven other people lived for over two years during World War II. This is a highly recommended visit that will make a lasting impression on all students.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh museum houses the world’s largest collection of the Dutch painter’s work as well as those of other 19th century artists’.
De Zaanse Schans
With wooden houses and windmills built in the 17th and 18th century, this settlement near Amsterdam gives your students the chance to see the last remaining oil mill still in everyday use, a clogmaker’s workshop, the tin foundry, the bakery and the cheese workshop.
Clara Maria Cheese Farm and Clog Factory
A local farmer opens his doors for you to discover how he makes two of the country’s most famous exports all under one roof! Students see typically Dutch clogs being made in a variety of shapes and sizes, before moving on to see the traditional process used to make cheese which he sells in the farm shop next door. This is a great example of a cottage company and your students can use this as a comparison to some of the international corporations they will see in the Netherlands.
There is a wide array of educational excursions for your group in and around Amsterdam. Some others we would recommend are:
- Hoge Veluwe National Park
- Space Expo
- Heineken Experience
Canal cruise in Amsterdam
This is a wonderful way to appreciate the nature, architecture and layout of ‘Old Amsterdam’. The cruises last about 1 hour and are a fantastic way for you to learn more about the city whilst winding your way along some of its many canals.
This is an exceptionally good Theme Park on Flevoland polder with over 40 attractions. Negotiate dare devil rides and thrills as you choose from six roller coasters including the Robin Hood, Xpress and the Goliath mega-coaster and from water themed rides including the Splash Battle and the Crazy River. With names like these you know it’ll be fun! New in 2012; a 5D theater.
- Duinrell Amusement Park
- Tikibad waterpark
- Scheveningen Sealife Centre
- Ten-pin bowling
What they did - Prior’s Field School
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, educational visits, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
Departed from the UK by coach, arriving in the Netherlands in time to enjoy an evening meal at the hotel.
The day began with an early morning trip to Aalsmeer Flower Market to watch the auctioning of the flowers followed by a trip to the Coster Diamond factory. After a visit to the Anne Frank Museum the group enjoyed an evening meal at the hotel followed by an evening at leisure.
The group departed for a morning trip to Delft to visit the Royal Delftware factory. This was followed by a Spido boat tour around the port at Rotterdam before a short walk to the ‘Space Platform’ at the Euromast.
After a morning out at the Clara Maria Cheese and Clog factory the group travelled back to the UK.
De Ossewa, Noordwijk
The owners, Arnold and Gerda Geerlings, go out of their way to give our groups a big welcome in this hotel, located just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach. All bedrooms have private bathroom facilities and there is a large dining room area which can be adapted for evening activities such as a disco or games night.
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Netherlands tour includes:
- Coach tours: Ferry Crossing and use of coach in resort
- Clara Maria Cheese and Clog Factory
- Fun Files – a free evening entertainment pack.
The following excursions: