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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 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.
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 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.
Coach Pick up from School. Transfer to Folkestone / Dover. Overnight in Antwerp (FB)
Morning visit to The Maeslant Barrier with guided tour Afternoon visit to Kinderkijk. Return to Antwerp
Day visit to Deltapark Neeltje Jans before transferring back to Antwerp for overnight (FB)
Coach transfer back to school
- 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
- Incidentals and extra meals
- Optional Excursions