Intercultural Training Services offers guided tours for the Dutch cultural course which can not only compliment the classroom training, but are on their own a perfect corporate team building event. Guided tours offer attendees the chance to see and experience Dutch history and culture in the field for themselves while providing a relaxed setting in which to learn from an experienced native Dutch tour guide.
Tours are conducted in English and last for approximately 2 hours (hot and cold lunches can be arranged if necessary). New tours for different locations within the Netherlands can be created at your request if required- please contact us for further details. Our current guided tour list for the Netherlands includes:
Delft developed into a city in the 13th century and is well known globally for its famous 'Delft Blue' pottery which was produced during the Dutch 'Golden Age'. The famous Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer was born in Delft during this period and used the streets of the city as a backdrop in many of his paintings. The city expanded in the 17th century after it became the home port of the Dutch East India Company and had established within the city over 200 beer breweries. Delft also has a royal connection, being the city where Dutch kings and queens are buried. Today, Delft is a flourishing university city in which such technical innovations as WIFI were developed.
Haarlem dates back to the 10th century and was granted city status in 1245. After the city was completely destroyed by fire in 1328, it slowly grew and became Holland's second major city after Dordrecht by benefiting from the income generated by the textile industry. A second fire destroyed the city in 1576 after which the Spanish seige of the city ended and Haarlem entered into the period of the Dutch 'Golden Age'. Today Haarlem is a city of culture and entertainment hosting such musea as the Teylers Museum of science & natural history, the Frans Hals Musuem of fine art and Het Dolhuys Museum of psychiatry.
Leiden is originally a Roman settlement which throughout its history has been laid siege to by various armies from within the Netherlands, Spain and France. The most famous of these sieges occurred in 1574 when the Spanish army blockaded the city during the Eighty Years War. As a reward for the heroic defence of Leiden during the 1574 siege, the city was awarded a university (now the University of Leiden and the oldest university in the Netherlands) whose most famous alumni include the 1921 Nobel Laureate Physicist, Albert Einstein. Leiden continues to mark its victory over the Spanish during the 1574 siege every October 3rd with huge citywide celebrations. Today, Leiden is principally a university town and has received much investment in the local Bioscience Park.
Rotterdam is the Netherlands' second largest city and is the largest port in Europe. Its history goes back to 1270 when a dam was constructed in the River Rotte, after which the surrounding land was colonised for safety. Rotterdam was given city status in 1340 and with the growth of the Dutch East India Company led to Rotterdam becoming an important global port city. But it was the Second World War that led to Rotterdam's greatest transformation when both German and then Allied forces heavily bombed the city. Today the port area of Rotterdam continues to grow through the development of the Maasvlakte and a number of attractions have encouraged tourism in the area, such as the Euromast, Markthal and musea such as the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Kunsthal, Kijk-Kubus and the Nederlands Fotomuseum
The Hague has been a human settlement since the 12th century and is today the seat of the government of the Netherlands. As well as being the home of the vast majority of foreign embassies and consulates in the Netherlands, The Hague has over 150 international organisations which include the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.