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Amsterdam & Bruges

  • Destination: Belgium, Netherlands
  • Duration: 3 days

Amsterdam, the capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a top financial and cultural centre in Europe and the world. With its famous canal system and unique charm, Amsterdam offers many ways to see the city and is a wonderful place for walks and bike rides. Its many museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museums is sure to delight art lovers. Other sites such as Anne Frank’s House and others make it a popular destination for teachers of many subjects.

Bruges, the largest city of West Flanders, was once part of a vital trade route which made it flourish and the chief commercial city in the 12th century. Today, many landmarks remain from this golden age and make for an interesting visit. The historic city centre, with its 13th century belfry is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Basilica of the Holy Blood offers Christians an opportunity to see a relic of the holy blood.

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Example itinerary

Day 1

Evening: Departure from your school and overnight travel to Amsterdam by coach.

Day 2

Morning: Breakfast stop outside of Amsterdam. Travel into city for canal-boat cruise to see the city (audio guide included).

Afternoon: Walking tour of city. See Dam Square, flower markets, Rembrandtplein, Rijksmuseum, and much more.

Evening: Check-in at our hotel with optional dinner. Optional evening Red-Light District tour to visit this infamous area of Amsterdam.

Day 3

Morning: After breakfast, check-out of hotel and travel to see presentation of cheese and clog making by a Dutch farmer.

Afternoon: Arrive in Bruges and start of walking tour and see the sites of this medievil Belgium city.

Evening: Travel to Calais for crossing back to England and return to school.

Sights & places of interest in Amsterdam

Anne Frank's House- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThe most famous house in The Netherlands. Once the home of a young Jewish Wartime diarist, Anne Frank, escaped Nazi persecution for several years before her eventual capture. The house contains her personal belongings and exhibits the life and times of this young girl and her hardships.

Van Gogh Museum- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThis museum celebrates the artist’s life and works and has the largest collection of his works anyplace in the world.. Located in Amsterdam South, close to Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum, it attracts 1.6 million visitors a year. Here among his work “Sunflowers”, you can also see his “Self-portrait”.

Rijksmuseum- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThe Dutch National Museum, built in 1800, houses some of the most famous paintings from Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, among others. Located with walking distance to the Van Gogh Museum.

Stedelijk Museum-Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesLocated in museum square, this modern art, contemporary art and design museum has undergone numerous refurbishments since it originally opened in 1874. Its collection holds over 80,000 objects from Neo-Impressionism, Pop Art, Bauhaus, and more. Van Gogh and Cézanne represent art from the late 19th century.

Heineken Experience- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThe home of the original brewery which was started in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken. Now a museum, groups can go and learn all about the process involved in brewing one of the world’s most consumed beer. Having undergone remodelling, The Heineken experience has four floors of historical objects, product exploration, and interactive exhibits using today’s high-tech equipment.

The Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesOne of the many bridges located throughout the city. This one however, is famous for being a drawbridge and is uniquely narrow only for foot passengers.

Westerkerk- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesA prostestant church built in 1631 and the most well-known in Amsterdam. It is the burial site of Rembrandt, Nicolaes Berchem, and others. Situated not far from Anne Franks House, it was often described in her diaries. She would often mention the chimes of the bells in the spire and see it from her window.

Dam Square- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThe main city square in Amsterdam and the place where the city gets its name from. A dam built on the River Amstel in 1270 formed the first connection between settlements on both sides of the river. Through the years, the dam was built upon and eventually had the town hall on it and currently is the location of The Royal Palace and National Monument.

Science Centre Nemo- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThis centre is the Netherlands largest science centre. It has five floors and is perfect for any inquiring mind. All the contents are dedicated to science and technology, whether through it’s theatre performances, films, workshops and demonstrations. A perfect way to spend your afternoon.

River Amstel- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThe river which lends its name to the city of Amsterdam. It’s name is derived from Aeme stelle, meaning “area abounding with water.” Along its banks you can see Stopera city hall and opera house and Carrée theatre.

Zuider Church- Amsterdam
Amsterdam & BrugesThe first church built especially for Prostestant services and was painted many times by masters such as the French Impressionist, Monet. Orginally built in 1611, in Zuiderkerkhof square, the tower dominates the surrounding area. The church played an important part in Rembrandt’s life. Three of his children are buried here and it is here where he painted the “Night Watch” because his own studio was too small.

Belfort van Brugge- Bruges
Amsterdam & BrugesAt the Markt you can also find a medieval bell tower, the belfry of Bruges, which is one of the city’s most prominent symbols. It is 83 metres high and has a 366 steps staircase you can access by paying 5€ to have an overwhelming view over the whole city!

Church of Our Lady- Bruges
Amsterdam & BrugesThis 13th century church is an impressive monument of medieval architecture. It has the second highest clock tower made out of bricks in the world with 122 metres tall! As astounding as it is from the outside, the inside will captivate you as well with marble figures by Michelangelo.

Basilica of the Holy Blood- Bruges
Amsterdam & BrugesThis is an old, 12th century basilica in the city centre of Bruges. According to the old tradition the Count of Flanders brought the relic of the Holy Blood with him after the second crusade, having received it in the Holy Land (1150). From that time on, it has been stored in the church’s chapel.

Amsterdam & Bruges on Map

Amsterdam tourism video

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