School Trips to The Netherlands
The home country to some of the world’s finest painters – Holland is a country of inspirational landscapes and architecture.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective and short haul school trip destination, the Netherlands could be just what you’re looking for. This remarkably low-lying country features large expanses of rivers, canals and lakes, making it ideal for a geography trip. The Netherlands is also steeped in history and culture, making it a great option for almost any subject – from history to music.
Amsterdam is the perfect destination for an Art & Design, History or Dance & Drama trip. One of our most popular school trip destinations, Amsterdam offers a charming mix of modern and traditional Dutch architecture. There’s so much to do here, from cruising along the city’s winding canals to viewing Van Gogh’s greatest works and experiencing a world-class performance at the Dutch National Opera.
Noordwijk Aan Zee is a stunning resort town located on the Dutch Coast, just under an hour’s drive away from Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. This quiet and scenic town is an excellent option for a geography trip as it features 13 km of unspoilt coastline, as well as many flora and fauna species. Noordwijk is also great for a day excursion in the summer months, as it features many sports activities including tennis, surfing and swimming.
Valkenburg is an excellent choice for an unforgettable Christmas Market trip. The Christmas markets are held in the municipal caves which make it one of the largest and oldest underground Christmas Markets in Europe! Every corner of the caves are lit up by festive lights and feature traditional decorations and Christmas trees. Students can browse through the various stalls and bring back all types of gifts for their family and friends – from Belgian chocolates to hand-blown glass ornaments.
Do we need a visa to travel to the Netherlands?
If everyone in your group holds a British Citizen passport, you will not need to apply for visas to enter the Netherlands. Please note that this only applies for tourist trips lasting less than 90 days.
From 1st January 2021, everybody in your group must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.
How will Brexit affect travelling to the Netherlands?
For the latest information from the UK Government on travelling to the Netherlands please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands/entry-requirements
What is the best way for a school group to travel to the Netherlands?
Travelling by coach is the most popular and cost-effective option for our school groups visiting the Netherlands.
On the other hand, flying by plane to Amsterdam takes less than an hour from most major UK airports, so this is a good option for groups wanting less travel time.
Can we use our mobile phones in the Netherlands?
You will need to check the terms and conditions of your mobile phone network plan to see whether data usage in the EU is covered.
Can we drink water from the tap in the Netherlands?
Tap water is considered to be safe in the Netherlands unless marked otherwise. You may want to advise your group to bring along their own reusable water bottles which can be topped up.
Is tipping customary in the Netherlands?
Tipping is often left to the discretion of the customer in the Netherlands, which can often be slightly confusing to those travelling to the country for the first time.
A majority of restaurants in the Netherlands will include a service fee within the bill, which usually equates to 5% - 10%. It is not absolutely necessary, but is greatly appreciated by waiting staff.
If you are on a free guided walking tour, you are generally expected to tip what you feel the tour is worth, as this could be the main source of income for the tour guide. The general consensus is to tip between €5 - €8pp, but understandably this may be a lot for large groups. We advise to discuss this with your Group Coordinator if you have any queries.
Some groups will also tip their coach driver, again this is up to the discretion of the Party Leader.
When is the best time of year to visit the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is a great country to visit all-year-round. Especially Amsterdam, which is particularly festive in the winter months, but also great to visit in the spring and summer. If you’re visiting Amsterdam in autumn and winter, make sure to wrap up warm as it can get pretty cold due to its position which opens into the North Sea.
On the other hand, it is best to visit the Dutch Coast in the spring and summer months, where you are more likely to get predictable weather.
What is the current Coronavirus advice and government recommendations in regard to school trips to the Netherlands?
As a tour operator we follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) guidance. For the latest travel advice to the Netherlands please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands.
If you have any queries about an upcoming school trip to the Netherlands with us, please email your designated Group Coordinator or email email@example.com which will be forwarded onto the relevant member of staff.
Take a look at our recommended school trips to Holland.
If there is a Dutch destination you’re particularly interested in and can’t see it listed, please contact us and we can provide a quote for you. We can also tailor our itineraries to meet your specific needs.