Tours

During the 29th European Congress of Pathology, the officially appointed local partner ITBholland will offer various guided tours in and around Amsterdam. All tours are accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Please note that all tours will start and end at the congress venue Amsterdam RAI.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017, 14:00 – 15:30
Monday, 4 September 2017, 10:00
11:30
Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 10:00 – 11:30

For registered accompanying persons this tour is included in the registration fee. Please note that advance registration is required.

A mostly panoramic tour through the historic center of Amsterdam, passing along the Amstel River with the wooden skinny bridge, the Munt tower and floating flower market, Dam Square with the Royal Palace and the New Church, central station and the museum and antique quarters. Pass through the oldest part of Amsterdam called “the Jordaan” with quaint little streets.

You will see Amsterdam from the water during a canal cruise of one and a half hour in a private boat. While gliding through the old center of the city and into its harbour, you see merchant’s mansions, churches and warehouses dating from the 17th century.

The tour will start and end at the dock of the RAI.

Price per person: EUR 28,50

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI and English-speaking guide)

Sunday, 3 September 2017, 09:30 – 12:00

With the bicycle you can reach places, which remain inaccessible to others. This is a safely guided tour, which gives a fascinating picture of Amsterdam. See undiscovered Amsterdam with its idyllic small canals; quiet hidden courtyards and photogenic view.

Pick up your bike near by the RAI and start to an unforgettable day.

Price per person: EUR 48,00

(Price includes: Bicycles and transportation to the RAI, English-speaking guide)

Sunday, 3 September 2017, 13:30 – 16:00

A walking tour which will give you a good idea of the most interesting sights and monuments Amsterdam has to offer. A stop will be made at the National museum of Amsterdam, “the Rijksmuseum”. In this world-famous museum the largest collection of paintings by the Dutch old masters can be admired. Art work from Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Rembrandt (e.g. The Night Watch) are assembled here.

As an alternative you can visit the famous Van Gogh Museum.

Price per person: EUR 57,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, entrance fee to the Rijksmuseum and English-speaking guide)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 10:00 – 12:30

A walking tour which will give you a good idea of the most interesting sights and monuments Amsterdam has to offer. Then step into Van Gogh's world: Explore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Price per person: EUR 55,50

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, entrance fee to the Van Gogh Museum and English-speaking guide)

Monday, 4 September 2017, 06:30 – 09:00

It should come as no surprise that the largest flower auction on the planet belongs to the Dutch, who are synonymous with the nation of the blooming flora industry. Known as "the Wall Street of flowers",  FloraHolland is the largest floral trader in the world. In addition to that, it is one of the largest auction houses of any kind in the world. They process flowers from 8,000 nurseries around the world and sell them to distributers at the Aalsmeer and Eelde warehouse, who in turn put bouquets into the hands of customers.

Every day, approximately 20 million flowers from all over the world are sold off in this computerized auction. Buyers can either sit at terminals in the actual auction house to place their bids, or do it remotely from their offices. The Dutch style of bidding starts with the highest price, and then steadily drops, until someone’s itchy finger hits the buzzer and secures the lot. On your tour you can visit the center and watch the auction from a special gallery that puts you right in the middle of all the action.

Price per person: EUR 82,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, entrance fee to the flower auction and English-speaking guide)

Monday, 4 September 2017, 13:30 – 17:30

During this tour you will first visit Volendam, an old picturesque village on the shore of the former "Zuiderzee". The tour will then continue to Marken. This small town is situated on a former island and is located near the IJssellake. It is a lovely place to visit and has many special features like its houses on pillars, the traditional green painted houses and folkloristic customs and clothings. Walk along the small bridges and little alleys and admire the historic buildings.

Price per person: EUR 29,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI and English-speaking guide)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 13:30 – 17:30

Leiden has a wealth of knowledge and culture, thanks to the university, museums, monuments and a diverse range of cultural and research institutions within borders. Numerous scientific discoveries and inventions, of national and international importance, have emerged there. You will enjoy a guided tour in the heart of the city and a visit to the Anatomical Museum. As of 2007, 800 anatomical preparations and models can be found in a museum in the education building of the LUMC. The Anatomical Museum supports medical and biomedical education in Leiden. The museum was nominated for the "European Museum of the Year Award" in 2009.

Price per person: EUR 33,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI and English-speaking guide)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 10:00 – 12:30

Meet your local guide in front of the congress centre. The guide accompanies you through a maze of Amsterdam's many food stalls.
He will explain how local delicacies are made and advise on items that you might enjoy. You will visit some secret eateries that are off the map so that you get to experience the sounds and smell of Amsterdam's best dining experiences.

Tip: Good food doesn't have to be expensive in Amsterdam! This tour will specifically be catered to your taste buds.

Price per person: EUR 51,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, 3 food tasting items and English-speaking guide)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 09:00 – 13:00

Haarlem, the capital of the province of North Holland, is an interesting historic town on the river Spaarne and it has clung to its antique character more than any other town in this province. We will explore the city by foot starting from the ‘Grote Markt’ bordered by the St. Bavochurch, the town hall and the former Meat Market. This elegant building in the Renaissance style is topped by richly decorated dormer windows. During the tour you will visit the Frans Hals museum. Since 1913 installed in the former almshouse for old men, dated from 1608, the Frans Hals Museum is a museum for old and modern art and holds numerous exhibitions and activities. The museum bears the name of one of the most famous Dutch painters of the 17th century and possesses at least eleven portraits and group portraits by Frans Hals. However, the museum is primarily a general art museum with a comprehensive collection: visual art and arts and crafts dating from the 16th to the 20th century. In addition to an extremely wide range of art schools and artists, exhibitions are also organized on historical and socio-cultural themes.

Price per person: EUR 45,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, entrance fee to the Frans Hals Museum and English-speaking guide)

Monday, 4 September 2017, 09:00 17:00

On this day, you will discover the typical sights of Holland. First you drive to the windmills area, the “Zaanse Schans”, where along the river Zaan in the 18th century used to be more than 700 windmills. Nowadays, only 5 of them are left. The tour will be continued with a visit to Marken. This small town is situated on a former island and is located near the IJssellake. It is a lovely place to visit and has many special features like its houses on pillars, the traditional green painted houses and folkloristic customs and clothings. The guide will inform you, while walking along the small bridges and little alleys about the history of this former isle.

After this visit the bus will bring you to Monnickendam. This town is a former fisherman’s village and has an interesting history. During the city walk you will for instance see the beautiful City Hall and ‘De Waag’ a place where they used to weigh the ship loadings coming in from overseas. If you like you can try some typical Dutch fish: ‘gerooktepaling’ (smoked eel). Lunch will be taken either in Monnickendam or in the famous village of Volendam with its traditional fishermen harbor and many shops and restaurants. The tour will conclude with a visit to Broek in Waterland. See the beautiful characteristic wooden houses this village proudly owns. Broek in Waterland is situated in the ‘Waterland’ area. During the 17th and 18th century this village was one of the most prosperous villages in this area. Many ship owners, captains and merchants used to settle here. Famous people like the French philosopher Victor Hugo, the emperors Alexander of Russia and Napoleon visited this small village.

Price per person: EUR 85,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, 2-course lunch with one beverage and English-speaking guide)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 09:30 – 16:30

A visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum is a real experience. The Kröller-Müller Museum boasts the second-largest Van Gogh collection in the world: Almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. The Van Gogh Gallery displays varying selections of about 40 works by Vincent van Gogh. Furthermore, you will also find masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan.

In combination with the visit of the museum you will visit the National Park ‘De Hoge Veluw’ by foot. The park covers 5,500 hectares of woodland, heath, grasslands and shifting sands, and is the natural habitat for deer, moeflon and wild boar. After visiting the National Park your tour will continue to the city Apeldoorn. Apeldoorn is situated in the heart of the Veluwe. A combination of culture and nature. With this city you can experience the best of the Veluw along with the beautiful picturesque villages.

Price per person: EUR 115,00

(Price includes: Transportation from and to the RAI, entrance fee to the Kröller-Müller Museum, 2-course lunch with one beverage and English-speaking guide)


  • Full payment in advance is required.
  • All tours will be conducted in English.
  • You will receive your tour tickets at the Tours Desk at the Congress venue.
  • The meeting point will be the Tours Desk.
  • All tours start and end at the congress venue, Amsterdam RAI.
  • All tours are based on a minimum of 25 participants. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the tours if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Registration fees for cancelled tours will be refunded.