Association Trips


St Catherine’s Association Trip to Amsterdam

Saturday 16th March – Sunday 17th March 2019

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to join our Association trip to Amsterdam regarded by many as the Venice of the North. 

Amsterdam has a fascinating artistic heritage.  Its canal system and narrow town houses with gabled roofs are legacies of the Netherland’s 17th century Golden Age of trade.  The trip, which focuses on the city’s world renowned art museums, will be led by our Head of Art, Alex Perry-Adlam, and Emily Ward, our History of Art Teacher. They will give us valuable insights into the works of art and their historical contexts.

Our action packed itinerary is designed to explore the sites in the most cost-effective way. 


We depart from Gatwick Airport on an early flight at 08:00 and arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 10:30am. Once in Amsterdam we will be visiting the following over the two days:

  • Rijksmuseum
    This is the largest museum in the Netherlands and reopened in 2013 after a 10 year renovation project. Although the museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, we shall focus on some of the Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.
  • Rembrandt House Museum
    The Rembrandt House Museum is a historic house and art museum. Painter Rembrandt lived and worked in the house between 1639 and 1656 when he went bankrupt.  You will have a real sense of how the painter lived and worked with opportunities to learn about the production of his etchings and explore his art studio.
  • Stedelijk Museum CS
    The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international institute dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
  • Anne Frank’s House
    Anne Frank was one of the Jewish victims of Nazi persecution during the Second World War. She died of typhus aged 15 years old in Bergen-Belsen. Her diary, published in 1947, was written in the secret annex where she, her family and four others hid in rooms behind a 17th century canal house before they were arrested.
  • Early evening Canal Boat trip for one hour.
  • On the Sunday evening, our flight leaves at 21:25 and we will land back at Gatwick by 21:35 because of the time difference.
  •  Cost per person: £350 based on two sharing a twin room.  The single room supplement is £35. Our group will be limited to 30 people plus the tour leaders and we welcome all aged 16+.
  • There are a few places left so please get in contact with Dawn Pilkington -  Once the flights are booked and paid for in your name we cannot offer any refunds and you will be committed to the full price of the trip.
  • The tour cost is inclusive of flights, hand baggage only, dinner on the Saturday night, bed and breakfast, museum entry fees and tips.  A booklet will be provided with background notes and details of the selected sites.
  • Not included in the tour is personal travel insurance which you will need to arrange.  You will need to pay for your lunches on Saturday and Sunday.
  • We ask that you make your own way to and from Gatwick Airport and point out that departure on Saturday will require that we meet at the terminal at 06:00.  You may wish to make your own arrangements to stay at one of the Gatwick hotels the night before.  Please bring cabin luggage only.


Reservations can be made ONLINE, if you have any queries please email or telephone 01483 899760 if you have a query.  A full itinerary and further details will be sent nearer to departure.

I very much hope you can join us on the Association's first trip to Amsterdam. 

Dawn Pilkington - Association Director