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!

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Take a look at our range of Netherlands school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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School Trips to Amsterdam

A school trip to Amsterdam offers your students the chance to explore a truly diverse and fascinating city!

Amsterdam school trips are popular for several subjects, including art,religious studies, science and history, particularly for groups focusing on the Nazis and the Holocaust. And the number of educational visits and activities here make Amsterdam ideal for cross-curricular trips too.

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School Trips to Valkenburg

A school trip to Valkenburg offers your students the opportunity to explore this lovely city known for its historic buildings and beautiful scenery!

Valkenburg is very popular among school groups keen to explore the atmospheric Christmas markets. Most groups choose to combine their Christmas markets tour in Valkenburg with a visit to Bruges for a multicultural Christmas experience.

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Activities and excursions in Netherlands that your school group will love

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House

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

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

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

Resistance Museum Amsterdam

Resistance Museum Amsterdam

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

The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945

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… Read More

Jewish Historical Museum

Jewish Historical Museum

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

Rembrandt Museum

Rembrandt Museum

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

Van Gogh Museum

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… Read More

Valkenburg Christmas Market

Valkenburg Christmas Market

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



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

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

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.

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.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!