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School trips to the Netherlands can be a great option for many subjects, including art, science, history and religious studies.

And short journey times from the UK mean that educational tours to the Netherlands are ideal for groups with a limited budget or timeframe.

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Why visit the Netherlands?

The liberal, tolerant society

The Netherlands has a long history of social and religious tolerance. In fact, from the 16th century, the Netherlands were a haven for Jews who were being persecuted elsewhere in Europe. This changed during the Holocaust when it’s estimated that around 75% of Dutch Jews were murdered.

On a religious studies school trip to the Netherlands, your students will learn more about the religious tolerance within Dutch society prior to the Second World War. They’ll hear the personal stories of those like Anne Frank who were persecuted by the Nazis during the Holocaust. And they’ll find out how the Netherlands has revived its spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance.

The fascinating history

Most groups who choose a history school trip to the Netherlands do so to learn more about what life was like under Nazi occupation. They’ll learn about the experiences of the Jewish communities, most of whom were deported and murdered in Nazi concentration camps.

They’ll also learn about the Dutch Resistance and will hear the stories of the personal risks taken with a visit to the Dutch Resistance Museum in Amsterdam. The museum also features reconstructed streets where your students can feel and hear the atmosphere of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

The rich, diverse culture

The Netherlands boasts a rich, diverse culture, and is famous for its egalitarian and liberal society, making this a wonderful destination for any school trip.

On an art school trip to the Netherlands, your students will have the exciting opportunity to discover the Dutch Golden Age. The many fantastic museums and art galleries in Amsterdam offer students the chance to see works by many of the Dutch Masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer and many more.

And during December, why not give your students an unforgettable festive treat with a Christmas Markets trip to Valkenburg? Home to Europe’s largest underground Christmas market which is held in a cave, this is a school trip your students will never forget!

Activities in Netherlands that your school group will love

Anne Frank House

One of the most poignant visits in Amsterdam; this unremarkable building is where Anne Frank and seven members of her

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Almost certainly the best way to see Amsterdam’s photogenic streets is from its famous canals. There are many different routes

Resistance Museum Amsterdam

The permanent, bilingual exhibition of the Resistance Museum contains artefacts that tell the story of the Dutch Resistance. False ID

The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945

Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation in history took place here in September 1944. The museum brings the historical

Jewish Historical Museum

The Jewish Historical Museum collects objects and works of art associated with the religion, culture and history of the Jews

Rembrandt Museum

The Rembrandt House Museum owns an almost complete collection of Rembrandt’s world-famous etchings. A changing selection is on permanent display

Van Gogh Museum

Holding the world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh, this museum charts the development of van Gogh's artistic

Valkenburg Christmas Market

Valkenburg's annual Christmas Market is held in an underground grotto. Many hundreds of thousands of visitors have already passed through


With close to one million exhibits, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is the largest museum of art and history in the Netherlands. It

Amsterdam Arena

Amsterdam Arena opened on 14 August 1996. From that day on, the Netherlands has had a multifunctional stadium in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Almost certainly the best way to see Amsterdam’s photogenic streets is from its famous canals. There are many different routes

Van Gogh Museum

Holding the world's largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh, this museum charts the development of van Gogh's artistic

Anne Frank House

One of the most poignant visits in Amsterdam; this unremarkable building is where Anne Frank and seven members of her

De Efteling Theme Park

Welcome to a world full of adventure, excitement and romance, where you will find one surprise after another. This theme

Omniversum (Imax Cinema)

The Omniversum offers you an unique experience with the IMAX films being projected onto the impressive 840m² giant dome. The

The Pancake Bakery

The Pancake Bakery began as a small pancake restaurant with a basic menu. In 1980 the owner introduced several changes

Walibi World

Walibi World guarantees a day full of exciting moments for everyone. Do you like adventuring or just sensation? You will

Belfry of Bruges

One of the city's most prominent symbols, the Belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as

De Halve Maan Brewery

The museum offers the unique opportunity to discover the old traditional brewing methods in Bruges. Daily guided tours allow you

Horse and Carriage Ride Bruges

See this beautiful city in style with a 35 minute horse drawn carriage ride which takes you around the main

Roose's Chocolate World

On arrival, charming and professional shop assistants will lead your group to the demonstration area where they will see pralines

Wilhelminatoren (Tower)

This magnificent tower which was built in 1906, offers fabulous views of the whole of the Southern Limburg Province. On

Where to visit in Netherlands

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I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.
Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

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