Art School trips to Amsterdam (3 Days)

Our Art School trips to Amsterdam are suitable for Art & Design students at both GCSE & A-Level. The jewels in Amsterdam's crown are undoubtedly the Rijksmuseum, re-opened after a decade-long renovation, the Stedelijk, also refurbished & extended & the van Gogh Museum which has the largest collection of the artist's work in the world. There are also two photography museums - Foam & Huis Marseille - as well as the canalside 17th century patrician's house belonging to the van Loon family & the Hermitage Amsterdam - a branch of the Hermitage in St Petersburg.  Amsterdam provides opportunities to study fine art, decorative objects, photography, furnishings & to sample the architecture of the "Venice of the North".

You can also make some time to relax & enjoy the city with a canal trip, shopping in the Nine Streets near Dam Square or one of several other possibilities highlighted in the leisure section of this itinerary. For an experience your students will always remember, contact our office on Freephone 0800 801 560 to discuss your requirements or tell us what you want to do & request a quotation.




Day One:  Outward Travel

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  • School pick-up (06.00-08.00 hours:) & travel to Amsterdam via Dover
  • Check-in at accommodation in Amsterdam. Full-board for two nights

Day Two:  Amsterdam 

  • Morning visit to the Rijksmuseum
  • Afternoon visit to the van Gogh Museum
  • See list for alternative venues or suggest your own
  • Rembrandthuis
  • Hermitage, Amsterdam
  • Foam Photography Museum
  • Huis Marseille
  • Museum van Loon
  • Museum of Bags & Purses
  • Optional day-time or evening activity (e.g. canal cruise - see leisure options for other choices) 
  • Return to accommodation & evening meal

Day Three: Return

  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais
  • Return ferry to Dover & onward travel to school
  • Evening drop-off at school

Itinerary Planning

  • This itinerary is suggested only to assist with your tour planning
  • It is not designed to be prescriptive & we are happy to tailor it to suit your particular requirements
  • You are free to substitute your own choice of galleries in place of the examples above
  • Tour prices exclude entry to exhibitions requiring an additional fee
  • Some galleries advise against visiting at very busy times of the day. Please consult our tour administrators for further details
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Art in Amsterdam



Main Themes

  Amsterdam Canal Bridge
  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating analytical & cultural understanding
  • Record ideas, observations & insights
  • Present a personal informed response demonstrating analytical & critical understanding


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The Rijksmuseum


Stedelijk Museum   Flower Market

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  Stedelijk Museum Editør  

Opened in 1885, the Rijksmuseum contains collections reflecting a broad range of Dutch Art & History from the Middle Ages to 1900 as well as works from other European countries. Undoubted highlights include the Golden Age masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen & Ferdinand Bol. The Rijksmuseum has over 8,000 objects on display amonsgt which are ceramics, silverware, a textiles & costume collection, furniture & an Asian Collection which is located in the new Asian Pavilion.

Open: 9.00am-5.00pm daily
Closed: n/a

The Stedelijk Museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art & design. Its collection includes works by van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse,  Chagall, Mondrian & Kandinsky with works also by later 20th century artists such as Warhol. Lichtenstein & de Kooning. Even the refreshment kiosk is worth a visit with murals by Karel Appel, a founder member of the CoBrA movement in the 1940s. Since the 1970s, the museum has also built up a significant video art collection which now has more than 900 works.  

Open: 10.00am-6.00pm (Thurs: until 10.00pm)
Closed: n/a



Van Gogh Museum


The Rembrandthuis


Van Gogh Museum


  Rembrandthuis Sign  

The Van Gogh Museum has the largest collection of the artist's work in the world with more than 200 paintings including The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers,Almond Blossom & Wheatfield with Crows as well as a number of still life pieces, landscapes & self-portraits. There are also 400 drawings & 700 letters. The museum also features notable works by several of van Gogh's contemporaries in the Impressionist & Post-Impressionist Movements including Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec & Pissarro.

Open: 9.00am-5.00pm daily (Fri: until 10.00pm)
Closed: n/a


The Rembrandthuis was the artist's home from 1639 until his bankruptcy in 1656. The inventory of the contents taken at that time forms the basis for the re-creation of its appearance in the 17th century with furniture, objets d'art & paintings by the artist himself, Peter Lastman, his teacher & by some of his pupils & contemporaries such as Ferdinand Bol. The house contains a collection of almost all Rembrandt's etchings & paintings. A tour of the house includes the kitchen, living room & Rembrandt's studio. 

Open: 10.00am-6.00pm daily
Closed: 27th April 2015 & Christmas Day
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Leisure Options


Leisure Options

  Seven Bridges

For many teachers (& their students) a visit to Amsterdam is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the city. Some of the activities below take a relatively short amount of time (up to an hour). Others require a longer period where it would be best to allocate 2 to 3 hours to get the full value. For more information talk to our Tour Administrators for further details & prices (where applicable).


Free Options

  • Dam Square & the Nine Streets. This central square is always bustling. The nearby Nine Streets are packed with vintage & designer shops


  • Flea markets: Amsterdam has more than 40 markets Try the Noordemarkt in the Jordaan district or haggle at the Waterlooplein market 
  • Bloemenmarkt: Located on the Singel Canal, this floating flower market, with stalls on canal houseboats,  is the only one of its kind in the world.   
Amstedam Golden Bend  





Budget (Under £10 each)

  • Canal cruise: Discover the historic 17th century canal ring, why it was built & the history & architecture of the merchants' houses & landmarks along the route   
  • National Maritime Museum: Maritime trade fuelled the Golden Age. Discover 500 years of Maritime history & visit the replica Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam
  • Late Night Galleries: Several galleries have extended opening times once or twice a week (usually Thursdays or Fridays)

Top of the Range (£10+ each)

   (£15+ each)  
  • Amsterdam Arena: Behind-the-scenes tour of the home of AFC Ajax, Dutch football's most famous club including dug-outs, press room & dressing room   
  • Amsterdam Dungeon: Take a journey through Amsterdam's grisly past including the Plague, Spanish Inquisition & 17th century press-gangs
  • Efteling: Fantasy-themed amusement park with attractions based on myth, legend, fables & folklore. One of the oldest theme parks in the world
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    Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.


Stayokay Hostel, Amsterdam Zeeburg


The hostel is located in a former technical school to the east of the city in a quiet suburb of Amsterdam and within easy reach of the city centre. As such it is convenient for visiting the Anne Frank House and old Jewish Quarter, the Nemo Centre, Corpus & the city's art galleries.


Stayokay Amstedam Zeeburg Bedroom

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Dining Room


 Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Reception







Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 483 guests in        96 rooms on four floors
  • Lift to all floors
  • Rooms accommodate              two to six people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds
  • Twin rooms for staff
  • Restaurant, bar & terrace
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Bed linen provided. Take         your own towels
  • Coach parking nearby
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  Amsterdam Gallery
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Help Organising your Tour



Amsterdam Golden Bend




Galina has over 25 years experience in organising school trips for school & youth groups. We therefore offer the services of your own Tour Administrator who will guide you through each step of the process, from your initial enquiry to your departure & return.


We have developed a number of useful documents that will help you when preparing to launch your tour & with your visit application via the Senior Management or your EVC.


Risk assessment advice is available &, once booked, we can provide a helpful guide that can be used to formulate your own tailored risk assessment.


Below are links to several useful documents that can be downloaded to help trip preparation.


Launching Your Tour

  Preparing for Departure  


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"Excellent!  This was my first overseas trip and Sue was always available & quick to respond to my many pleas for help.  Driver, Owen, was brilliant!  In fact, I've just sent him a thank-you card from the children. He greeted us each morning with a smile & a spotless coach."


Trinity High School, Manchester

"Our Tour Administrator has been very helpful with all my questions in the lead up to the trip. The driver, Owen, was extremely helpful during the tour, patient with the students, friendly and very reliable. Excellent tour. The tour was a brilliant experience for the students which is why I chose the word excellent. It is definitely something we will do again next year."


JFS, Harrow

"All communication with Galina, in particular, Dominique, was excellent, clear & helpful.  Steve, our driver, was excellent!  We would welcome him joining us on future trips!"


St Mary's College, Hull

"Communication with David, our tour administrator, throughout the year was excellent.  The coach driver, Dave, was excellent & I find it difficult to commend him highly enough.  Our Tour Director, Julian, was excellent throughout the trip.  I would definitely ask for Julian again if he is available."
  Amsterdam Canal Boat
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