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Dutch Sights & Belgium Delights

  • Destination: Belgium, Netherlands
  • Duration: 4 days

This tour allows groups to experience two countries’ culture in 4 short days. The tour focuses on The Netherlands and the capital city of Amsterdam whilst also seeing the other side of The Netherlands with its picturesque windmills and traditional costumes still being worn by residents of small towns.

No tour to the Netherlands is complete without a visit to the capital city of Amsterdam. With its rich history, many museums, vibrant night-life, and friendly people, Amsterdam is the perfect place to start your Dutch experience. Our day in the capital also includes a canal river boat cruise which lets you see the city from its famous canals.

The tour also takes in the picturesque Dutch country side with visits to Zaanse Schans and Volendam. You will see working traditional windmills and a cheese and clog making presentation in the town of Edam. A visit to the charming town of Volendam afterwards will let your group see traditional Dutch costumes and well-preserved traditional Dutch houses and boats.

Our tour will continue on into the Belgium city of Bruges where the group will have a chance to delight in Belgium delicacies such as chocolate, waffles, mussels, and beer. This beautiful medieval city is a popular destination or tourists to this country. Its main square has some of the best preserved medieval architecture in Europe and is dominated by the Belfry of Bruges.

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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 (optional) 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 in hotel, travel to Zaanse Schans to see this beautiful windmill village. Travel to Volendam.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon enjoying the town and harbour. See cheese making demonstrations and traditional Dutch costumes.

Evening: Arrival back at accommodation for overnight stay.

Day 4

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

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 The Netherlands and Belgium.

Anne Frank's House- Amsterdam
512px-Anne_Frank_House_01The 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
Van_Gogh_Museum_in_AmsterdamThis 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
512px-Amsterdam_-_RijksmuseumThe 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
512px-Amsterdm-stedelijk-museum-130313-1Located 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
HeinekenExperienceThe 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
512px-Amsterdam_Magere_BrugOne 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
WesterkerkA 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
Dam_Square,_AmsterdamThe 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
Nemo_Science_Center_2This 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
512px-River_Amstel_in_Amsterdam_near_OmvalThe 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
Zuider ChurchThe 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.

Zaanse Schans
Zaanse_Schans_-_Windmills_3One of the most popular destinations in The Netherlands because of its well-preserved collection of working windmills. It attracts almost a million visitors each year. There are 8 windmills each serving a different function, including a mustardmill, a dyemill, an oilmill, among others.

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 on Map

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