A beautiful, vibrant capital city, steeped in history, culture and natural architectural beauty; the Dutch capital should unquestionably be on every student’s bucket list. Packed with street side cafes, restaurants and bars and generally adorned with amazing weather, it’s an iconic European city you can really enjoy exploring. Flowers, windmills, canals, cheese and wooden shoes can all be yours this autumn for just £329. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to take free transfers to the Hauge and explore this legal centre. Perhaps visit the Peace Palace or join our visit to the International Criminal Court.
Ticket types explained
The cost of the trip is £329. This can either by paid in full or in two parts using a deposit (£50 and £279). The details of the deposit can be found further down the page.
23rd November - 27th November. You will get four nights and three full days to spend in the Netherlands
Executive Coach Travel to the Dutch Capital, with air conditioning, a toilet and reclining seats
A visit to the International Criminal Courts (See 'Entry to the Courts' towards the bottom of the page for details)
A one hour presentation from the International Court of Justice inside the Peace Palace (See 'Entry to the Courts' towards the bottom of the page for details)
4 nights’ accommodation at a 4 star rated hostel (tripadvisor)
Central location - a 10-minute walk from the Rijksmuseum, 20 minutes to the flower market and right on the doorstep of beautiful Vondelpark
Free transfers to the Hague
Breakfast to set you up for the day
3 full days in the city, to ensure that you can make the most of your time there!
“A new and modern but cosy stay”
“First time ever using a hostel and it was better than a lot of hotels I’ve stayed at”
“Downstairs was a relaxing place to hang out for a little while; staff were friendly and the atmosphere bright”
(The above comments were from reviews on TripAdvisor)
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark is a 4-star hostel located in walking distance from all Amsterdam has to offer. The rejiksmuseum is only a 10-minute walk away, as is the Leidseplein, with cafes, shops and nightlife. Rooms will be modern and clean mixed gender dorms, with lockers available. Please do let us know if you’d prefer a same-sex room and we will do our best to accommodate this. You’ll wake up to an included breakfast each morning to set you up for the day ahead and you can purchase dinner in the evening for a convenient meal. The bar is open in the evening, which is great to socialise in after a busy day, or a good place to meet friends before exploring the nightlife!
There’s plenty to do in Amsterdam and the Hague! Here’s a few highlights…
Rijkesmuseum – Amsterdam’s most famous museum is only a short walk from your hostel and features over a million pieces from as early as the 1200s.
Canal Cruise – Known as Venice of the North, this is a great way to relax and explore the city!
Vondelpark – right next to your hostel, this is a lovely gardens to unwind in
Centraal station – it’s not often that a train station is on the list of ‘must sees’ but Amsterdam centraal station is architecturally iconic
Anne Frank House – If alive today, Anne Frank would be in her early nighties. This museum is a very moving, very real piece of modern history. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.
A’DAM lookout – Catch the regular free ferry to the best lookout in Amsterdam, the 360 skydeck. You could treat yourself to a cocktail at the panorama restaurant or, if you’re feeling more adventurous you could try the ‘Over the edge’ swing!
Van Gogh Museum – Dedicated to this famous painter, this famous museum is only a short walk away from your hostel.
Peace Palace - The Peace Palace is a renowned international law building, holding the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Peace Palace Library of International Law and the The Hague Academy of International Law. Tickets for visits are released two weeks in advance and we recommend buying early should you wish to attend.
Binnenhof - A beautiful building by Hofvijver lake, the Binnenhof houses the office of the Prime Minister, the states general of the Netherlands and the Ministry of General Affairs. You can have tours around the building.
Scheveningen Beach - The Hague may not be known for its beaches but with a 5km stretch of golden sand and a beautiful pier to match, this is another feather in the Hague's cap.
If you wish to secure your ticket but are waiting for your student loan to come in, you can pay a deposit now of £50 and pay the rest later.
The conditions to this are:
- The £50 deposit is non-refundable
- The remaining cost (£279) will need paying by 23:59 on 30th September
- If the remaining cost is not paid by that time, the ticket will be re-released to all students, and you will lose the guarantee of your space.
- If you have any issues with your loan, please get into contact with Giveitago@cardiff.ac.uk as soon as possible.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Currently, fully vaccinated passengers are able to enter the Netherlands simply by showing proof of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated is defined as either having had the initial vaccines and a booster dose or
- at least 14 days and no more than 270 days have passed since receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) or;
- at least 28 days and no more than 270 days have passed since receiving the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine
More details on entry requirements to the Netherlands can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands/entry-requirements We recommend checking this website before booking a ticket. There are currently no restrictions to enter France and Belgium, which we will pass through.
If you are not fully vaccinated, there are strict entry requirements and we strongly suggest checking the gov.uk website (link in paragraph above) before booking a ticket.
We will monitor the COVID situation and entry requirements closely. In the unlikely event that you need a negative test another condition of entry, you would be responsible for paying for this.
Please carry a valid EHIC (European Health insurance card) or GHIC (Global health insurance card) if you have one. The EHIC cards are no longer produced but they are valid until they expire. If you do not have one, we recommend applying for a GHIC as soon as possible. When applying, please ensure that you do so for free on the official NHS website. If you are asked to make payment; the website is a scam.
You will need a valid passport to travel to the Netherlands, which you must bring with you.
You will be responsible for your own insurance, which we would recommend getting.
Entry to the Courts
There are 30 spaces for entering the presentation from the International Court of Justice and 40 spaces to enter the International Criminal Court. These are limits imposed by the courts and outside of Cardiff Student Union's control.
Tickets to the court will be allocated on a first come, first served basis for those that want to go. You can request to attend both sessions, one session or neither sessions.
Upon buying your ticket, you will be emailed a link to a typeform. One of the questions asks if you wish to visit the courts. The first 30 and 40 people respectively that select they would like to visit, will be allocated the court tickets.
Please note that the courts require names in advance, so changes on the day will not be possible. If you change your mind about wishing the visit the courts, please email email@example.com as soon as possible, so that we can either do our best to give you a ticket, or so that someone else will be able to enjoy the court visits.
Please note that ID will be required to enter the courts and there will be security checks upon entry.
Terms and Conditions and FAQ
For full Terms and conditions, please see the terms and conditions page here https://www.cardiffstudents.com/activities/give-it-a-go/faq/
Q. I signed up for an event, but I can no longer attend. Can I get my money back?
A. Normally all Give it a Go events are strictly non-refundable or transferrable. If you find someone else who is willing to take your space, we will be able to transfer your ticket to them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to do this. Tickets are strictly not for re-sale and transfers must go through the give it a go team. This is to ensure that the list of names on documentation we give to boarder force is correct.
Q. What will happen if we cannot travel due to another lockdown or travel restrictions?
A. We would provide you with a full refund. If possible, we would reschedule the trip and you would have the option of simply switching dates.
Q. I have dietary or medical requirements; will the trip be suitable for me?
A. Please contact us on email@example.com as soon as possible and we will discuss your needs and do everything we can to support you.
Q. I have another question – who should I ask?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.