Holland – a welcoming nation close to home

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A great destination for a tour close to home – Holland is a very welcoming nation with plenty of excursion options to choose from


From its humble beginnings as a 13th century fishing port, to the present day as a major hub for tourism, culture and business, Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Known as ‘the city on water’ its intricate network or canals are today used mainly for pleasure boats rather than cargo. The excellent museums, galleries and colourful markets, combined with the legendary Dutch hospitality, make this a fantastic place to visit anytime of the year.


A large part of Holland’s second biggest city, Rotterdam, had to be completely rebuilt following extensive damage during World War II. The modern architecture is both stylish and innovative, in particular the Euromast which offers fantastic panoramic views of the city and harbour. Enjoy a Spido harbour boat tour around one of the busiest ports in the world and visit FutureLand to learn about Maasvlakte 2, the land reclamation project in the North Sea. Hop on one of the many trams for a city tour which includes the Erasmus Bridge, Feyenoord Stadium, the Cube Houses and historic Delfshaven where the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America in 1620. Or maybe spend a day in Delft, best known for its distinctive blue and white porcelain and pottery.

Tulips of Amsterdam
Tulips of Amsterdam


The Rijksmuseum (State Museum) first opened its doors in 1800 and has moved several times before coming to its permanent location in the beautiful neo-Renaissance building designed by the Dutch architect Petrus J H Cuypers. The museum contains some of the world’s masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’, paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen and a wonderful collection of Asian art and important antiques from Dutch history.

Van Gogh Museum

Housing the largest collection of Van Gogh’s work in the world with paintings, drawings and letters, the museum also exhibits work by other 19th century artists, including Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and other contemporaries. His work is organised chronologically into five periods, each of which represent a different phase in his life, these are: The Netherlands; Paris; Arles; Saint-Remy; and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Anne Frank’s House

Born in 1929, Anne, her sister and parents lived in Frankfurt until 1933 when the family moved to Amsterdam to escape persecution of the Jewish population by the Nazis. After World War II broke out, the German army invaded and occupied The Netherlands from 1940 and the brutal persecution of the Jews continued. With so many restrictions imposed on them and fearing for their, lives the Frank family along with friends hid in the attic of Otto Frank’s business for more than two years until they were betrayed, arrested and sent to concentration camps in Eastern Europe, where Anne eventually died.

Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

This unique working neighbourhood, situated to the north of Amsterdam, offers wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and a fascinating insight into industrial life through the centuries. With its green painted houses, windmills and warehouses, Zaanse Schans gives the feeling of stepping back in time to the 1700s and 1800s.

Verzetsmuseum – Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum, chosen as the best historical museum of the Netherlands, tells the story of the Dutch people in World War II. How did Dutch people respond to the Nazi occupation? Who resisted? Why, and how? You’ll see, hear and read fascinating stories about the exceptional, as well as about everyday life.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500