Art tour to the Netherlands by coach: 4 days, 3 nights

Your art tour to the Netherlands will enable your students to see a range of wonderful Dutch art from Vermeer to Van Gogh, and much more. This tour is sure to enrich, inspire and extend your students’ understanding.

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Suggested itinerary

Day one Depart from school by coach Connect with ferry crossing Arrive at accommodation

Day two Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Museum Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

Day three Rembrandt House Museum FOAM Photography Museum Palace op de Dam OR Willet-Holthuysen Museum

Day four Depart accommodation Kröller-Müller Museum Return back to the UK on coach

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Excursion Ideas

  • Willet-Holthuysen Museum

    Subject range: Art

    The museum tells the story of Abraham Willet (1825-1888) and his wife Louisa Willet-Holthuysen (1824-1895), the last inhabitants of the monumental premises at the Herengracht. Not only did they leave behind the house, but also Abraham’s large and valuable art collection which includes paintings, ceramics, glassware, furniture, sculpture and more.

    Select says:Tours of the museum can be organised on request. During the tour students will have the opportunity to learn about this exceptional building and its inhabitants.

  • Palace op de Dam

    Subject range: Art

    Palace op de Dam is located in the centre of Amsterdam and was originally built as the city hall during the seventeenth century. Its paintings and sculptures were created by some of the most distinguished artists of the time and allude to the city’s influence and prosperity in the Dutch Golden Age. In 1808 Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, became King of Holland and converted the city hall into a palace. The rooms in the Palace op de Dam are decorated with artworks from the collection of the House of Orange-Nassau.

    Select says:Group visits are possible with or without a guided tour.

  • Kröller-Müller Museum

    Subject range: Art

    The Kröller-Müller Museum is located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo and houses the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world, with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. You will also find the masterpieces by modern masters such as Monet, Seurat, Picasso and Mondrian.

    Select says:This museum is a great choice for sculpture enthusiasts as it also has one of Europe’s largest sculpture gardens with over 160 sculptures by iconic artists including Aristide Maillol, Jean Dubuffet, Marta Pan and Pierre Huyghe.

  • FOAM Photography Museum

    Subject range: Art

    Foam is an international organisation in the field of photography, based in Amsterdam. The museum presents all facets of contemporary photography and all their programmes revolve around the museum’s exhibitions, with a focus on looking closely at the photography. Due to the ever changing exhibitions, there is something new to see almost every month.

    Select says:Foam offers a variety of educational activities in which they explore the power of photography with students – contact us for further details and view thier website.

  • Van Gogh Museum

    Subject range: Art

    A great opportunity for students to explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh. There are a variety of options for your visit including – students exploring the Van Gogh Museum on their own with assignment sheets, independent tours with multimedia guides (in English), and a guided interactive one-hour tour with a museum teacher (in English).

    Select says:The museum offers free teaching material for ages 11–15 to accompany the graphic novel ‘Vincent van Gogh: An Artist’s Struggle’.

  • Rembrandt House Museum

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History

    An opportunity for students to visit the house where the artist Rembrandt lived and worked between 1639 and 1656 producing some of his most famous works including The Night Watch. The house gives a good feel of where Rembrandt lived and worked, as well as what life was like in the 17th century.

    Select says:Rembrandt also had a collection of rarities from around the world including busts of Roman emperors, spears, shells and butterflies – these can be viewed in the Cabinet Room.

  • Rijksmuseum

    Subject range: Art

    The Rijksmuseum offers an overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and also of major aspects of European and Asian art. Students will experience the work of artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid. There are works of art in a variety of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, fashion, and applied arts.

    Select says:The museum has an excellent website where you can explore the collection for pre-tour and post-tour activities. In particular students may find the Rijks Studio area of the website inspirational, where they can download works of art and get creative!

  • Stedelijk Museum

    Subject range: Art

    The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design. The collection includes paintings by Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall and work from the De Stijl movement.

    Select says:The museum has much of its collection available to view online for pre-tour and post-tour discussion.

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Art tour to the Netherlands by coach: 4 days, 3 nights Accommodation


Hotel Aan Zee - Noordwijk

Our rating:

Location: Noordwijk

Capacity: 39

Located in a central location in the beautiful serene town of Noordwijk with the beach just 100 metres away. A great group-friendly hotel for those preferring accommodation outside of Amsterdam.

Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities

Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, buffet style breakfast.

Stayokay - Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark

Our rating:

Location: Amsterdam

Capacity: 536

Located in the famous Vondelpark close to the city’s shopping streets and museums. Ideal youth-friendly accommodation within Amsterdam, a short distance from the Rijksmuseum.

Rooms: Multi-bedded rooms all with en-suite showers and WCs.

Facilities: bar & restaurant, free WiFi, lockers, pool table, luggage storage, bicycle rental, airhockey, computers, recreation room

Links to Learning

Learning areas:

  • KS3


    • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
    • Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

    Subject content

    • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
    • To analyse and evaluate the work of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
    • About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day
  • KS4

    Areas of study

    • Drawing, painting, sculpture, architectural design, mixed media

    Knowledge and understanding

    The way sources inspire the development of ideas, relevant to fine art including –

    • How sources relate to individual, social, historical, environmental and cultural contexts
    • How ideas, themes, forms, feelings and concerns can inspire personally determined responses that are primarily aesthetic, intellectual or conceptual

    The ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions relevant to fine art can be communicated including the use of –

    • Figurative representation, abstraction, stylisation, simplification, expression, exaggeration and imaginative interpretation
    • Visual and tactile elements, such as: colour, line, form, tone, texture, shape, composition, rhythm, scale, structure surface


    • Use fine art techniques and processes, appropriate to students’ personal intentions, for example: charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, crayons, pencil, found materials, mixed-media, different papers and surfaces on which to work

    Aims and learning outcomes

    • Actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design
    • Develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities
    • Become confident in taking risks and learn from experience when exploring and experimenting with ideas, materials and techniques
    • Develop critical understanding through investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills
    • Develop knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures
    • Develop an awareness of the purposes, intentions and functions of art, craft and design in a variety of contexts