Holland Water Management (Dover to Calais crossing)

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

Alternatively, if you’re interested in booking a tour for a smaller group, take a look at what our sister site offers: legerbattlefields.co.uk

ROTTERDAM – Water Management
Over 30% of the Netherlands lies below sea level. The Dutch have reclaimed this land. Flood disasters from sea and river water has caused many victims particularly during the 1953 floods where 1850 people were drowned. The struggle against the water is ongoing which is evident with many dikes, dams and walls with plenty of the land being reclaimed from as early as the 14th century.


The Maeslant Barrier – Storm surge barrier

The storm surge barrier on the Nieuwe Waterweg at the Hoek of Holland, together with the Hartel barrier, constitutes the final elements of the Delta works to protect the Netherlands against the sea. Consisting of 2 barrier ‘gates’ the structure protects over 1 million people in and around Rotterdam.

Neeltje Jans – Delta Experience

Neeltje Jans – Delta Experience

Deltapark Neeltje Jans offers a full day of attractions and activities. The Delta Works are situated in a prime location surrounded by the sea where guided tours are available. Amazing exhibitions and stormy attractions as well as an aquarium, Aquapark, boat trips, movies about the construction of the barrier, seal shows, sea lions and birds of prey demonstrations.

Kinderdijk – Windmills UNESCO

Kinderdijk is an extensive system of windmills and pumps which have been draining water from the polder soil into the river for centuries. With the improvement of the systems, wind power was paired with steam, diesel and electrically powered pumping stations. The vast array of systems is evident at this UNESCO heritage site with it’s Mills, The Lekkerland polder windmills, The Overwaard Windmills, The Blokweer Polder Windmills, The Nederwaard Windmills, Pumps, Wisboom pumping station, J.U. Smit Pumping Station and G.N Kok Pumping Station.

Kinderdijk – Windmills

Suggested Itineraries

Day 1

Coach Pick up from School. Transfer to Folkestone / Dover. Overnight in Antwerp (FB)

Day 2

Morning visit to The Maeslant Barrier with guided tour Afternoon visit to Kinderkijk. Return to Antwerp

Day 3

Day visit to Deltapark Neeltje Jans before transferring back to Antwerp for overnight (FB)

Day 4

Coach transfer back to school

What's included:

  • Return Coach transfers throughout your tour
  • Eurotunnel / P&O Ferries crossing to Calais
  • (Hull to Rotterdam crossing) Overnight ferry crossings with cabins (Mixed board)
  • 3 Night Hostel / Hotel accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Antwerp / Rotterdam
  • (Hull to Rotterdam crossing) 1 Night Hostel / Hotel accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
  • Excursions, guides and entrances as per the itinerary

What's not included:

  • Insurance
  • Incidentals and extra meals
  • Optional Excursions

Hull to Rotterdam crossing option

Day 1 - Coach Pick up from School. Transfer to Hull for overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Overnight cabins (FB)

Day 2 As per suggested itinerary

Day 3 & 4 - Day visit to Deltapark Neeltje Jans before transferring back to Rotterdam for your overnight ferry back to Hull (HB). Arrive back in Hull, transfer back to school

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