Urban Change Study: Geography School Trips to Amsterdam

Our Geography School trips to Amsterdam focus on how the city has grown & changed since it was established. The Rebranding tour looks at how the city has tried to change its image & provides the opportunity for your students to gather evidence in order to make their own informed conclusions. We can tailor your visit to cover specific learning objectives.  Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants (former Geography teachers & Heads of Department to discuss your requirements.
 
This tour is available over 3 or 4 days via Dover or Hull & can be combined with either of our trips Flood Management in the Netherlands or Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem. There is also the option of combining with another subject, such as Science or History.
 

Itinerary

 

Day One:  Outward Journey

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  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais or Dunkirk
  • Onward travel to Amsterdam
  • Check-in & evening meal
  • Full-board for two nights
 
 

Day Two:  Amsterdam: Rebranding

   
  • Rebranding in the Zeeburg district
  • The Golden Bend: land values & environment
  • Tourism in the Jordaan District
  • The "island city" of Ijburg
  • Dam Square: city centre retail & leisure
  • Fieldwork tasks & activities provided
 
  • Return to accommodation & evening meal
  • Optional activity (e.g. canal cruise or flower market - see leisure options for other choices)

 

Singel Floating Flower Market photo Massimo Catarinella

 

 

Day Three:  Return Journey

   
  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais or Dunkirk
  • Cross-Channel ferry to Dover
  • Disembark & return to school
  • Return time dependent on school's location in the UK
 

 

Add an Extra Day....

   
  • Investigate Environmental Coastal Management or
  • Study Ecosystems at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem
  • See other tours available
  • Combine with History or RS & include visits to the Anne Frank House & Kamp Vught
  • Science: Visit Nemo Centre & Corpus
  • Add a "fun" day at a theme park (see leisure options)
  • This can help you sell your  tour - especially if you have competition with other trips
 
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Locations

 

Types of Location Included:

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  • Urban: exploring the ways in which the city has tried to change its image
  • Data collection: opportunities for students to collect primary data for coursework preparation
 

 

Zeeburg District

The "Golden Bend"

 
  • Borneostraat
  • Zeeburgerdijk area
  • Flower Market
  • Museumplein
 
 

Jordaan District

Ijburg

 
  • Prinsengracht
  • Nieuwe Leliestraat
  • West Kerk
  • Kiezergracht
  • A new neighbourhood
  • A 'windy & watery' city built on islands
  • Coping with the growing demand for housing
 
 

 Optional Amstel Cruise

  • Prinsengracht
  • Westerkaanal
  • Ij & Amstel
  • Herengracht
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Curriculum

 

Curriculum Relevance
 
National Curriculum KS3
 
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Human geography relating to urbanisation & economic change

 
Using fieldwork to collect, analyse & draw conclusions from geographical data
 
 
 
 
GCSE
 
 
 
 
Zeeburg: Gentrification & its impact on an area's image, transport links, evidence of regeneration
 
Golden Bend: Land values & the demand for land in Amsterdam; reasons for the Golden Bend's popularity as a desirable area, importance of trade
 
Environmental quality surveys
 
Ijburg: responding to the need for housing
 
Jordaan District: Regeneration & impact on land values, importance of the past, creating a fashionable image, impact on tourist perceptions
 
Conclusions about rebranding in Amsterdam
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our Geography guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Kath Murray, BSc, PGCE

   

 

Kath has travelled extensively in Europe & has led numerous field trips within the UK for GCSE Geography groups. She is also a Subject Specialist Consultant for Galina & is currently helping to develop our range of UK tours.

Kath has taught in secondary schools in Runcorn for 16 years up to A-Level standard. A former Head of Geography with GCSE examining experience, she has also taught History & Religious Studies.

“Kath is an excellent tour guide, she met our objectives perfectly, she had clearly done her research on our A-Level specification beforehand. Her subject knowledge & enthusiasm was fantastic. She phoned me before the trip to introduce herself & talk through her plans, which was very reassuring.She was a fantastic asset to the trip”

Imberhorne School, West Sussex

Kath Murray Geography  

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Leisure Options

 

Leisure Options

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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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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

    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
 
         

Stayokay Hostel, Arnhem

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This hostel is located to the north of Arnhem in a rural setting on the edge of the Hoge Veluwe National Park. The city centre is just five minutes by coach as is Burgers' Zoo. Kamp Vught is further away; the journey taking approximately 70 minutes.

 
 
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Stayokay Arnhem Dining Room

 
Stayokay Arnhem Table Tennis

 

Accommodation Factfile

   
  • Capacity for 183 guests in   33 rooms on two floors
  • Lift to second floor
  • Rooms accommodate              four to eight people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds
  • Twin rooms for staff
  • 2 dining rooms, bar & terrace
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Bed linen provided. Take         your own towels
  • Coach parking
 
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Gallery

 

      
 
Amsterdam Gallery
     
     
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Testimonials

 

Woodlands School, Basildon

"Terry the coach driver could not be more helpful.  Excellent with students & staff.  Very accommodating. This is our second stay at this hotel.  Friendly staff, well organised & clean.  Especially like CCTV on all floors for security."

 

Our Lady's Catholic High School, Preston

"A well organised & well planned visit.  An excellent and friendly driver.  Many thanks. Excellent." 



Driffield School, East Yorkshire

"The driver, Neil, was absolutely fantastic.  The best driver we have ever had!  Fantastic, most successful version of this tour that I have led.  Very appreciative of all Galina have done to accommodate us this year."

 

Hornsea School, Hornsea, East Yorkshire

"Very pleased – will definitely run it again next year!"
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