School Trips to the Dutch Coast

School trips to the Dutch Coast offer a learning experience that is both highly engaging and affordable. From music tours to primary school trips, NST have years of experience in designing trips to this area that are bespoke to the needs of your class. 

The quaint fishing town of Noordwijk is ideally positioned, close to many other coastal towns and the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. In addition to being a vibrant and safe destination for students of all ages, Noordwijk’s attractive beachfront and renowned flower parades make it a hotspot for tourists all year round.

If you’re looking to plan your ideal school trip to the Netherlands, take a look at our most popular Dutch Coast options below or get in touch with one of our expert travel advisors today.

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips to the Dutch Coast

Primary

Primary

As cheaper alternative to many other destinations, the Dutch Coast is the perfect destination for your first primary school trip abroad.

Learn more about our primary trips to the Dutch Coast here

Theme Park

Theme Park

De Eftling’s theme park is a huge attraction for visitors of all ages or take on the wildest rollercoasters at Walibi Holland. Many groups choose to base themselves in Noordwijk, which provides a suitable base for excursions to Amsterdam famous for its canals, Van Gogh and the Dutch Coasts long sandy beaches. 

Learn more about our theme park trips to the Dutch Coast here

Music - The Dutch Coast including Amsterdam 

Music - The Dutch Coast including Amsterdam 

A superb music tour location, groups can visit the popular coastal resort of Noordwijk, packed with concert venues, churches and local markets as well as visting Amsterdam which offers a vast array of peformance venues and cultural experiences. 

Learn more about our music tours to The Dutch Coast & Amsterdam here


Dutch Coast trip highlights – our groups love...

English Church, Amsterdam

English Church, Amsterdam

For music groups - this centrally located venue is excellent for youth choral groups.

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

For music groups - this church towers over the marketplace in Delft. Choral groups can perform lunchtime concerts here for the paying visitors.

St Anthony & St Nicholas Church, Monnickendam

St Anthony & St Nicholas Church, Monnickendam

For music groups - this Catholic church in the beautiful old town of Monnickendam hosts a successful concert series and offers a sizeable performance space.

 

Delft Town Square

Delft Town Square

For music groups - concerts in this attractive square always draw good audiences throughout spring and summer.

 

Gat van Palace, Noordwijk aan Zee 

Gat van Palace, Noordwijk aan Zee 

For music groups - groups with popular repertoires will enjoy performing on the seaside promenade.

 

Efteling Theme Park

Efteling Theme Park

Known as the World of Wonders where fairytales come true, this is the most popular theme park in the Netherlands. This theme park is home to ‘Aquanura’, the largest water show in Europe.

Noordwijk Space Expo

Noordwijk Space Expo

Visit this exhibition about the past, present and future of space exploration. Learn about the European Space Programme, experience the simulated launch of a rocket and see how astronauts live and work in space. Guided tours and 'Space Classes' are also available.

 

Day Trip to Amsterdam

Day Trip to Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers a wealth of visits which can be worked into your ideal itinerary.

  • See Anne Frank’s House, her secret hiding place and find out what life was like in hiding during the war
  • Take a canal cruise, like the majority of NST groups visiting the city
  • See Van Gogh’s famous ‘Sunflowers’ painting, or visit another of Amsterdam’s fascinating museums
  • Tour the Ajax Stadium

Clara Maria Cheese & Clog Farm

Clara Maria Cheese & Clog Farm

A 150 year-old cheese farm where the world famous Gouda cheese is still manufactured in the traditional way. Also on-site is the clog manufacturer, cutting the traditional wooden shoes from blocks of wood.

Dutch Coast school trip experts 

Hundreds of students travel with NST to the Dutch Coast every year, and members of our team regularly visit to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of pupil-friendly accommodation.

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs.

They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

 

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you: 

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly 
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings 
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals 

 

You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

Free school trip promotion pack

Free school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of: 

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school 
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs 
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip 

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visit

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process. 

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way. 

Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking 
  • Tailor-make your tour 
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 

 

View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free geography resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Why choose NST...

Here's why hundreds of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated tour co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of the Dutch Coast to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters to support in-school promotion.

  • FREE group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

 

  • More than 20 years’ experience

With over 20 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip. 

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded & licensed:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA
  • Commission for Aviation Regulation

 

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

Package Travel Regulations 2018

Don't forget - if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

For groups travelling from Northern Ireland... the Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.

Learn more here