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History School Trips to the Netherlands

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A country offering the most well-known accounts of Jewish life under the Nazis.

The Netherlands can offer you everything from a historic journey through the themes of a developing Europe and into the Second World War and the Holocaust, to a voyage through the modern world of culture, art and international relations.

Visit the city of Amsterdam and stroll by the canals to learn about the Netherlands as a country of trade, empire and influence, or retrace the steps of the Nazis as they invaded and occupied this beautiful city. We also recommend travelling east towards Arnhem, site of the 1944 Allied attempt to drive the Nazis back further towards Germany. The mission known as Operation Market Garden, immortalised in the film A Bridge Too Far, is one of daring bravery and foiled success.

Bring history to life

A helping hand from a History Tour Guide.
Expert knowledge, an understanding of your students’ educational and social needs and in-the-field assistance are just three of the benefits of opting for a History Tour Guide. We have carefully selected a handful of guides who specialise in various areas of history including WWI, WWII and the Holocaust.

Find out how a guide can enhance your school’s History Trip.

Did you know?

4th May is National Memorial Day commemorating all civilians and soldiers who have lost their lives in war or peacekeeping situations since the outbreak of WWII. At 8pm the Dutch Royal Family lays a wreath as part of the commemorative service in Dam Square in Amsterdam and the entire country observes a two minute silence. On 5th May the Dutch celebrate Liberation Day. This day marks the capitulation of the Nazis and marks the end of WWII for the Dutch.

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Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.

The Netherlands Fact File

Perfect for:
KS3 and KS4 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airport:
Schipol Airport, Amsterdam

Curricular Links:

  • The religious wars of Europe and the Reformation
  • European trade and development
  • The Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • War and conflict
  • International relations and the cultural development of Europe
  • The Cold War
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Study Visits


The Netherlands History Study Visits

The Netherlands is the perfect destination for younger students looking for an introduction into the Holocaust thanks to its array of excursions. Here are just some of our most highly recommended visits.

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Anne Frank House Corrie ten Boom - the hiding place Memory Centre Camp Westerbork Jewish Historical Museum Walking Tour of the former Jewish district Arnhem – Operation Market Garden Camp Vught Rijksmuseum
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Itineraries

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 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 itineraries created for two of our clients below.

Jewish Historical Museum

5 days,
4 nights

Dates: 16th – 20th April 

Flights: Helsinki Airport into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Passengers: 14 students and 3 teachers

Accommodation: The Hotel Aan Zee

Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Overview of visits: Anne Frank’s House, Ajax Arena, Madurodam, Watersnood Museum, Jewish Historical Museum, Van Gogh Museum and Keukenhof Park.

Day 1:

The group arrived on their mid-afternoon flight from Helsinki into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The school opted to travel straight to their accommodation, where after un-loading and dining, spent the remainder of their evening at leisure.

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Day 2:

After breakfast the group boarded their coach and travelled into Amsterdam for a much anticipated visit to Anne Frank’s House. Here the group were able to step behind the bookcase and venture up into the Secret Annex where Anne, her family and four other Jewish people hid between 1942 and 1944 to avoid arrest. An extremely thought provoking visit, which sparked a certain amount of debate. The next couple of hours were spent eating lunch and enjoying a little souvenir shopping.

This was followed by a relaxing canal cruise, before returning to their coach and a visit to the Ajax Arena Stadium to take part in the “World of Ajax” tour. The 90 minute guided tour, took the group around both the football arena and Ajax Museum, where a multi media presentation introduced them to the football clubs 100 year history.

Returning to their hotel early evening, the group decided to dine at a restaurant close to their base in Noordwijk, before spending the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Day 3:

The group travelled to Madurodam, Holland’s miniature Dutch city built on a scale of 1:25. The famous sites of Holland were all found here – the Alkmaar cheese market, the Peace Palace of the Hague, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral Tower of Utrecht and the canal houses of Amsterdam, as well as the world’s largest miniature railway!

The group ate lunch here before moving on to spend the afternoon at the Watersnood Museum, and the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Day 4:

The schools first visit of the day was to the Clara Maria Cheese and Clog factory, to learn of the traditional methods used to produce both cheese and clogs. The group enjoyed the hands on opportunity to assist the farmer with the day’s cheese making! A hearty lunch was enjoyed before visiting both the Jewish Historical Museum and Van Gogh Museum.

After returning to the hotel the group spent the evening enjoying free time exploring the local area.

Day 5:

The Keukenhof Park provided the perfect setting for the group’s final visit, where their senses were delighted by the sight and smell of over 7, 000 tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

The group returned home on an early afternoon flight.


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Accommodation

The Netherlands Accommodation

We recommend basing school groups in the coastal town of Noordwijk-aan-zee, just a short drive from the capital city of Amsterdam and within easy reach of many of the other popular visits. The coastal town has a host of restaurants, shops, cafes as well as a local bowling alley and miniature golf course, perfect for keeping your students entertained after the day’s excursions. Here are just two of our favourite Noordiwjk accommodation options:

Hotel De Ossewa

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The Hotel de Ossewa in Noordwijk is superbly run by Arnold and Gerda Geerlings 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 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 section of the hotel is one large room which is the dining/sitting room area and also has a bar; this room can be adapted for evening activities such as a disco or games night. There is also a small garden and terrace area. The entire front and upper floor of the hotel has recently been renovated and all bedrooms now have private bathroom.

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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 is superbly located, has an attractive dining room, a lounge with bar, games facilities including a pool table, a TV and video. With 40 rooms, the Hotel Aan Zee is very well suited to groups. Most of the rooms have private facilities. Where possible, groups are accommodated together on one floor and students are accommodated mainly in rooms of 4 persons, leaders in twin bedded rooms. The owners, the Zonnefeld family, are very accustomed to working with school groups and our clients have consistently enjoyed their stays at this hotel.

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  • TV and video
  • Games facilities

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