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Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE)

27–29 October 2014 RAI Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Guest Tours

All tours will include beverages (tea, coffees and a beer during the Heineken Experience). It is recommended that you dress appropriately for autumn in the Netherlands and that you wear comfortable walking shoes. 

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Panoramic Sightseeing Tour of Amsterdam Including Private Boat Tour

This tour will take place on Sunday, 26 and Monday, 27 October

Duration: 4 hours

Cost: EUR 47 per person

The tour will go through some of the most panoramic and historic areas of Amsterdam. The tour will start by passing along the Amstel River with the wooden skinny bridge, the Munt Tower and the floating flower market, before making its way through Dam Square, the Royal Palace, New Church, the Amsterdam Central Station the museum and the antique quarters; as well as passing through the oldest part of Amsterdam called “the Jordaen” with its quaint little streets.

You will be able to see Amsterdam from the water during a one hour canal cruise. The cruise will glide through the old centre of the city and into its harbour, where you will see merchants’ mansions, churches and warehouses dating from the 17th century.


City sightseeing tour of Amsterdam (including visit to the Rijksmuseum)

This tour will take place on Tuesday, 28 October

Duration: 4 hours

Cost: EUR 49.50 per person

The tour will include an extensive drive through the centre of Amsterdam and the modern suburbs and will feature some of Amsterdam’s most interesting monuments. You will then visit the National Museum of Amsterdam, “the Rijksmuseum”, which has just re-opened after a 10 year renovation. The museum is world famous and holds the largest collection of paintings by the old Dutch masters. Work from Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Rembrandt (the nightwatch painting) are all assembled here.

Amsterdam Home and Garden Tour

This tour takes place on Monday, 27 and Wednesday, 29 October

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: EUR 59 per person

Discover the hidden treasures behind the facades of Amsterdam’s most impressive houses. We start in a beautiful 17th century canal house with the magnificent neo-Louis XVI ballroom, dining room and 18th century garden room and kitchen. We also visit the formal French garden at the back of the house with the box 'parterres de broderie'.  The tour will also include visits to a range of gardens and coach houses in 'the Golden Bend ' the most exclusive part of the Herengracht. Coffee with a syrup waffle will be served in the kitchen of the Geelvinck Hinlopen private home.


Heineken Experience

This tour will take place on Sunday, 26 and Tuesday, 28 October

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: EUR 48 per person

The tour will take you through the malt silos, taking a peek inside the mash coppers and will give you the opportunity to stand amongst the lager cellar tanks used to mature the young, green beer. You will then be taken on a voyage of discovery through the World of Heineken. The malt silo in the authentic brew house still has the original brewing vessels and you can enjoy a refreshing glass of Heineken beer in the Brew house Bar. The experience ends in the “See You Again Bar”. The  former  Heineken  brewery  is  a  National  Monument  and  is  listed  as  an  anchor  point  along  the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Dutch capital.


Zaanse Schans and Edam Tour

This tour will take place on Sunday, 26 October

Duration: 5 hours

Time: Sunday

Cost: EUR 36.50 per person

The tour will start with a small drive to the windmill village of the Zaanse Schans, a characteristic living  and  working  area  on  the  River  Zaan,  with  wooden  houses  and  windmills  dating  from  the seventeenth  and  eighteenth  century. The original buildings vividly depict Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and is located nine miles north of Amsterdam. Before returning to Amsterdam, you will visit the medieval town of Edam. Edam is a town rich with history. Shipbuilding played an important role in its growth during the 17th century. Edam once had 33 ship-yards and one of the more famous ships built in Edam is the ‘Halve Maan’, the ship that the Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when attempting to discover a northern route to the East Indies. A futile attempt in fact, because he ended up on the island of Manhattan. The most obvious association with the name ‘Edam’ is its cheese. For centuries the well-known round Edam cheeses have been sent from the town to all corners of the world. The cheese market, once again restored to its place of honour, is enacted weekly during the summer months. And nearby cheese warehouses keep alive the memory of a colourful past.



Amsterdam City Tour including Anne Frank House and Diamond Factory

This tour takes place on Sunday, 26 and Wednesday, 29 October

Duration: 4 hours

Cost:  EUR 45 per person

Anne Frank House, the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War Two. The original of the diary is on display as part of the Anne Frank House's permanent exhibition. Visiting the house has been a moving experience for millions of people from all over the world. When the tour leaves you will proceed with a panoramic drive through the oldest parts of Amsterdam called “de Jordaen” with its quaint narrow streets, bridges and inner courtyards.

The tour will then visit the Gassan Diamond factory. Gassan Diamonds are housed in the former home of the Boas diamond polishing factory, built in 1879. The factory is a very impressive building, and you will get to see how the diamond polishers turn a rough stone into a precious gem.


Flower Auction and Delft Tour

This tour takes place on Tuesday, 28 October

Duration: 5 hours

Cost: EUR 56 per person

The first stop on this tour is the Aalsmeer, the centre of flower culture in the Netherlands. There you will visit a flower auction. The tour will then depart Amsterdam and head to Delft, the home of Johannes Vermeer, who painted the Girl with the Pearl Earring. You will walk  at  leisure through  the  beautiful  old  town  along  the  canals  and many “almshouses”  and visit The Royal Dutch Delftware factory De Porceleyne Fles. The factory was established in 1653 and is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted. During the tour, you will get an insight into the process of making Delftware and you will see the talented artists at work.