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Geography Trips for Schools to the Netherlands

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Known as the land of windmills, cheese and clogs, there’s so much more on offer in the Netherlands. This close-to-home destination offers an excellent range of interesting and relevant geographical experiences. Physical geography topics include global climatic change, coastal sea defences, river flood defences, ecosystems and landscapes of glacial deposition, while human geography topics cover urban change, agriculture, globalisation and world trade.

Visit the capital to see how cosmopolitan Amsterdam is being transformed into a sustainable living environment, stop at Europort to understand the complexity of globalisation or take a trip to the Delta District to learn about coastal sea defences.


Why the Netherlands?

Geography teachers who travelled to the Netherlands rated their overall tour experience as 5 out of 5 and 100% said they would recommend it to a fellow teacher. Ms Karen Heptinstall of Emmanuel College described it as, “An action-packed study visit that allowed students to experience the Netherlands through a combination of educational and leisure activities.”


Did you know?

With a population of almost 17 million people, the Netherlands is the most densely populated country of the European Union and one of the mostly densely populated countries in the world.

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The Netherlands Fact File

Perfect for:
All ages and stages of secondary education

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
Amsterdam Airport Schipol

Flight duration from UK:
Approx. 1 hour 5 minutes

Time by coach from Calais:
5 hours

Best time to visit:
All year round

Curricular Links:

Changing Places
Climate Change
Coastal Systems & Landscapes
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Geographical Skills
Glacial Systems & Landscapes
Globalisation & Global Systems
Natural Hazards
River Systems & Landscapes
Urban Environments
Water & Carbon Cycles
Weather & Climate

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Recommended Visits

The Netherlands Geography Recommended Visits

The Netherlands’s diverse geographical landscapes make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Geography syllabus. Discover just some of the geographical excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.

Climate Change: Coastal Defences: Delta Plan - Hard Engineering Climate Change: Coastal Defences - Soft Engineering Climate Change: River Defences Ecosystems and Resource Management: Coastal Sand Dunes Noordwijk Coastal Defenses & Tourism Glacial Landscapes: National Park De Hoge Veluwe Urban Change: Amsterdam Globalisation: Rotterdam Europort Aalsmeer Flower Market and Aviflora Clara Maria Clog & Cheese Factory Leisure Excursion: Walibi World Leisure Excursion: Windmill Museums – Kinderdijk and Zaanse Schans Leisure Excursion: Batavia Museum
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Study Resources

Bespoke Geography Trip Student and Teacher Resources

Our Netherlands study handbook offers a choice of study units that can be used at a variety of excursions, plus optional activities to give your students a real hands-on experience.

How does it work?

Study handbooks comprise a Student Handbook and its corresponding Teacher Guide made up of destination specific study units all of which are in full colour and contain a mixture of maps, diagrams and text. The student handbook offers a variety of pre- and post-visit activities/information as well as interactive on-site tasks.

Your study handbooks will be custom-made to match your itinerary which has been agreed with the team at Rayburn Tours.

The Netherlands Study Resource
Geographical Association Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

The Netherlands Study Handbook Ratings

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It will contain a selection of the Study Units listed below.

  • Climate Change Implications COASTAL Defences HARD
  • Climate Change Implications COASTAL Defences SOFT
  • Climate Change Implications RIVER Defences HARD & SOFT
  • Coastal Sand Dunes
  • Lowland Glaciation & Ecosystems The Hoge Veluwe National Park
  • Noordwijk Tourism & Coastal Resort Evaluation
  • Noordwijk Coastal Defences
  • Urban Change in Amsterdam
  • Option 1 Tourist Questionnaires
  • Option 2 Order of Service Survey
  • Option 3 Traffic Survey and PCUs
  • Option 4 Pedestrian Survey
Sample Pages
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The Netherlands Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.

Coastal Sand Dunes

5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 22nd – 26th June

Passengers: 39 passengers

Travel: Coach

Accommodation: Hotel De Ossewa

Board Basis: Full Board

Overview of visits: Waterland Neeltje Jans, Cheese and Clog Factory, De Hoge Veluwe National Park, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, East Harbour District, Anne Frank’s House, Canal Cruise, Euromast, Spido boat tour, Duinrell Attraction Park and Splash Pool

Day 1:

Travel by coach from the UK to the Netherlands. Start with a trip to Waterland Neeltje Jans to learn more about the Delta Works and the construction of the storm surge barrier in the Eastern Scheldt. Continue on to Noordwijk aan Zee for an evening meal at your hotel.

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Day 2:

After breakfast, board your coach for a trip to the Cheese and Clog Factory, after all, this is what the Netherlands is famous for! Afterwards, head on to the treasured De Hoge Veluwe National Park where your students can explore the marshlands, forests, heath and drift sands. Enjoy an evening at leisure at the local bowling alley. 

Day 3:

Your first stop of the day is the bold and beautiful Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the largest flower auction in the world! From here, head to the cosmopolitan capital city, Amsterdam. Take to the streets and explore the East Harbour District before visiting the thought-provoking Anne Frank’s House. A scenic canal cruise is the best way to see all the sights of Amsterdam and a great way to round off the day.

Day 4:

Spend the morning in diverse Rotterdam, where you can visit the Euromast observation tower viewing platform for a superb view of the city, before taking the Spido boat tour around the port for an insight into the docks and industry around shipping. For your final afternoon, why not reward your students with the thrills of Duinrell Attraction Park and Splash Pool?

Day 5:

It’s time to board the coach and head back to the UK.


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The Netherlands Accommodation

Whilst your group can choose to stay in the capital city of Amsterdam, we recommend that geography groups base themselves in the local coastal resort of Noordwijk aan Zee. Here are just two of our favourite hotels perfect for school groups in this seaside resort:

Hotel De Ossewa

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The Hotel de Ossewa in Noordwijk is superbly run by the Geerlings family who go out of their way to give our groups a warm welcome. The hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach and is just a short walk into the main resort itself.

“Staff are very welcoming and happy to help. We were really pleased to have the whole hotel to ourselves - it makes such a difference not to have to worry about other guests.”

Arthur Mellows Village College

The downstairs area of the hotel serves as a dining/sitting room area and a bar; which can be adapted for evening activities such as a disco or games night. The entire front and upper floor of the hotel has recently been renovated and all bedrooms now have private bathroom facilities. There is also a small garden and terrace area.

Hotel De Ossewa
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  • Students are in 16 twin or triple bedded en suite rooms
  • TV
  • Outside terrace
  • On-site restaurant

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Hotel Aan Zee

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Located just minutes from the beach and the town centre, this family run hotel has an attractive dining room, lounge and bar, as well as a games room with pool table, TV and video facilities. With 40 rooms, most with private facilities, the Hotel aan Zee is very well suited to the needs of school groups. Where possible, groups are accommodated together on the one floor, mainly in rooms of 4 persons, with party leaders in twin bedded rooms. The owners, the Zonnefeld family, are accustomed to working with British groups and schools consistently report an enjoyable stay at this hotel.

Hotel Aan Zee
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  • TV and video
  • Games facilities

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