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Excursions

Amsterdam Experience (partner tour)

A full introduction to the city "where anything goes!"

Start at the beautiful museum The Hermitage, the Dutch small sister of the great Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. The museum that was opened by Queen Beatrix in 2009 does not seize to amaze with their exhibitions. The program for October 2011 is not yet confirmed, but their past and current exhibitions raise expectations for the future.

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Continued by an interesting walking tour through the historical centre, that includes the famous Red Light District. Get an impression of the much talked about "Wallen" area, today and yesterday.

Enjoy a sandwich lunch in one of Amsterdam's many casual restaurants, or a delicious three-course lunch in the wonderful atmosphere of "De Waag" (the Weigh House), a magnificent historic building, lit by 300 candles.

Finally, a trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a sightseeing cruise through the famous canals; a pleasant discovery of Amsterdam's highlights. Sit back and enjoy this canal cruise!

Date                       : Monday 10 October 2011
Time                       : 09:00 – 16:00 hrs (7 hrs)
Starting point          : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers   : 20 persons
Price including VAT  : € 115,00 pp

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Partner Tour
Monday 10 October

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Partner /Group tours
Tuesday 11 October

arrow_4 Rijksmuseum & Diamonds

arrow_4 Volendam & Marken

arrow_4 Past, Present & Future

arrow_4 Van Gogh & Heineken
   Experience

arrow_4 Technical Tour (Seeing &
   Feeling is Beleieving


Partner Tour
Wednesday 12 October

arrow_4 Royal Amsterdam

Partner Tour
Thursday 13 October

arrow_4 Rijksmuseun & Diamonds

Rijksmuseum & Diamonds (partner/group tour)

Open during Refurbishment! The Rijksmuseum uses the present period of refurbishing to put on display in its South Wing the best and finest of its collection. Our guide will take you on a tour of a selection of these major pieces. The tour will focus on 17th century Dutch Masters like Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. You will find the amusing background stories bring the paintings to life. Come face to face with the famous Nightwatch, the Milkmaid and amazing cheese still life of Van Dijck.

After the Rijksmuseum the tour will continue at the famous Coster Diamonds factory. As soon as you enter the stately premises in Amsterdam South, you enter a different world: the world of diamonds. During the guided tour, the process of cutting and polishing diamonds will be explained in detail, from rough diamond to enthralling end product. You can also enjoy the Coster's exclusive collection of loose and set diamonds in various price ranges.

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Date                       : Tuesday 11 October 2011
Time                       : 14:00 – 17:30 hrs (3,5 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers    : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 52 pp (included in full conference fee)

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Volendam & Marken (partner/group tour)

Your guide will meet you at the Passengers Terminal Amsterdam and take you on a trip per coach to the picturesque fishermen’s villages Marken and Volendam. Marken is a former island which is connected by a road with the mainland. It is known for its typical wooden houses on poles and traditional costumes, still worn by some inhabitants to this day. A very photogenic village!

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From Marken, you will take the Marken Express Boat to Volendam to walk around this old fishermen’s village on the IJsselmeer where fresh fish is still caught on a daily basis. You will visit this village and make a stop by the oldest photo studio of Volendam. Here you can make a photo in folkloric costumes of Volendam. After the photoshoot, your guide will bring you to a Dutch cheese farm, where the staff will explain to you how cheese is made and show you how it is done. You can taste cheese in several varieties.

Date                       : Tuesday 11 October 2011
Time                       : 14:00 – 18:00 hrs (4 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers    : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 59 pp (included in full conference fee) 

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Past, Present and Future (partner/group tour) 

The famous Red Light District, the chaotic inner city and the charming atmosphere of the Jordaan; all very different but so very Amsterdam. See for yourself how the points of interest will show you entirely different aspects of Amsterdam.

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The city is also continuously growing, and with raising numbers of inhabitants and increasing distances, the infrastructure becomes challenging. Find out how we face this challenge by creating an entirely new subway line. How DO we deal with creating underground railways beneath a city that is built on wooden poles?

Somewhere halfway there will be a pub stop in a typical Amsterdam establishment.

Date                       : Tuesday 11 October 2011
Time                       : 14:00 – 18:00 hrs (4 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers    : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 40 pp (included in full conference fee) 

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Van Gogh and Heineken Experience (partner/group tour)

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Visit the museum of one of the most famous Dutch artists of all time. The Van Gogh museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Van Gogh in the world. You will hear about the life and work of this famous painter and his contemporaries.

The tour continues to the Heineken Experience where you can discover the secrets of this famous Dutch lager. The formal Heineken brewery is the perfect place to get to know their history. Test your knowledge of the brewing process, discover the speed of a bottle line as a bottle of Heineken, and enjoy a good glass of beer. This visit to the Heineken Experience includes 2 beers.

Date                        : Tuesday 11 October 2011
Time                        : 14:00 – 18:00 hrs (4 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers     : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 69 VAT (included in full conference fee)

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Seeing & Feeling is Believing (Technical Tour)
KyotoCooling® International & Wagner Oxyreduct®

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A free technical excursion to Rotterdam is offered to full registrants, in order to see and feel an energy efficient process of cooling systems, KyotoCooling® “The Kyoto Wheel” and an unique fire prevention system of the Wagner Quick Respond Oxyreduct® that achieves the highest level of fire safety in combination with maximum availability. Truly it is a phenomenal experience.
This excursion can be chosen as Tuesday afternoon excursion program which is included in the registration fee for full conference.
If you’ve already selected a tour for the Tuesday afternoon, please contact the conference secretariat via  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and include your confirmation number and the tour you like to change.

Date                     : Tuesday 11 October 2011
Time                     : 12:45 – 18:00 hrs (includes travelling time to Rotterdam)
Starting point        : PTA, from there you will go to Rotterdam (tours ends at PTA)
Minimum numbers   : 20 persons
Price including VAT : € 25,00 pp (included in full conference fee)

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Royal Amsterdam (partner/group tour)

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The Royal Palace was originally built as a town hall for Amsterdam's administrative and judicial authorities. In 1648 the burgomaster and magistrates of Amsterdam commissioned the famous architect Jacob van Campen to design their new building. Amsterdam at the time was the most powerful trading nation in the world and people were attracted by its power and prestige.

150 years later, in 1808, the town hall acquired a different function. Napoleon's brother, Louis Napoleon, who had become the king of Holland two years before, decided to make the Town Hall his residence. The entire administration was moved out of the building. However, given the poor state of the country's economy, it seemed wiser not to relocate the Exchange Bank. But, a palace with an Exchange Bank on its premises was certainly something out of the ordinary The lavish interior and furnishings give us some idea of how the building was transformed from what was essentially an office complex into a palace in the French Empire style.. Almost the entire collection of costly furniture dating from that time was left behind. It is one of the best-preserved and most complete collections of its kind.

In 1813 Prince William of Orange, later King William I, returned the palace to the City of Amsterdam. But after taking the throne, he came to appreciate the benefits of having a residence in the capital, and the city agreed to grant him the use of the building once more.

At present the Royal Palace is used for State Visits, the Queen's New Year receptions and other official functions. When not in use by the Queen or members of the Royal House, the palace is open to the public under the auspices of the Amsterdam Royal Palace Foundation. Two exhibitions are held each year.

After the visit of the Royal Palace we will enjoy a typical Dutch lunch in the old ‘Schreierstoren’

Date                        : Wednesday 12 October 2011
Time                        : 12:00 – 16:00 hrs (4 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers    : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 75 pp excl lunch

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 Rijksmuseum & Diamonds (partner tour)

Open during Refurbishment! The Rijksmuseum uses the present period of refurbishing to put on display in its South Wing the best and finest of its collection. Our guide will take you on a tour of a selection of these major pieces. The tour will focus on 17th century Dutch Masters like Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. You will find the amusing background stories bring the painting to life. Come face to face with the famous Nightwatch, the Milkmaid and amazing cheese still life of Van Dijck. 

 

statiom  diamantAfter the Rijksmuseum the tour will continue at the famous Coster Diamonds factory. As soon as you enter the stately premises in Amsterdam South, you enter a different world: the world of diamonds. During the guided tour, the process of cutting and polishing diamonds will be explained in detail, from rough diamond to enthralling end product. You can also enjoy the Coster's exclusive collection of loose and set diamonds in various price ranges.

Date                       : Thursday 13 October 2011
Time                       : 09:00 – 12:00 hrs (3 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers    : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 52 pp

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Royal Amsterdam (partner/group tour)

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The Royal Palace was originally built as a town hall for Amsterdam's administrative and judicial authorities. In 1648 the burgomaster and magistrates of Amsterdam commissioned the famous architect Jacob van Campen to design their new building. Amsterdam at the time was the most powerful trading nation in the world and people were attracted by its power and prestige.

150 years later, in 1808, the town hall acquired a different function. Napoleon's brother, Louis Napoleon, who had become the king of Holland two years before, decided to make the Town Hall his residence. The entire administration was moved out of the building. However, given the poor state of the country's economy, it seemed wiser not to relocate the Exchange Bank. But, a palace with an Exchange Bank on its premises was certainly something out of the ordinary The lavish interior and furnishings give us some idea of how the building was transformed from what was essentially an office complex into a palace in the French Empire style.. Almost the entire collection of costly furniture dating from that time was left behind. It is one of the best-preserved and most complete collections of its kind.

In 1813 Prince William of Orange, later King William I, returned the palace to the City of Amsterdam. But after taking the throne, he came to appreciate the benefits of having a residence in the capital, and the city agreed to grant him the use of the building once more.

At present the Royal Palace is used for State Visits, the Queen's New Year receptions and other official functions. When not in use by the Queen or members of the Royal House, the palace is open to the public under the auspices of the Amsterdam Royal Palace Foundation. Two exhibitions are held each year.

After the visit of the Royal Palace we will enjoy a typical Dutch lunch in the old ‘Schreierstoren’

Date                        : Wednesday 12 October 2011
Time                        : 12:00 – 16:00 hrs (4 hrs)
Starting point           : PTA (tours ends here as well)
Minimum numbers    : 20 persons
Price including VAT   : € 75 pp excl lunch

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