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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Guided Day Tour

1. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Guided Day Tour

See the best of Holland on a day-long tour that includes a visit to Rotterdam, and the old port with its charming yellow houses. Take a river cruise, visit the food market, stop in Delft and tour The Hague. Begin your tour with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour, drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. Embark on an amazing 1-hour river cruise and then visit the famous food market. Continue on to Delft for lunch (not included) and a visit to the Royal Delft Manufactory, the last remaining Dutch ceramic factory from the 17th century. Take a city tour of The Hague by bus, where you will see the beautiful Houses of Parliament, the working palace of the Dutch king, and the Peace Palace. The last stop, before heading back to Amsterdam, will be at the miniature town Madurodam.

From Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague

2. From Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague

Your tour begins as you depart from Amsterdam on your bus and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. See Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Market hall and Cube Houses.  Then, head to the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) and discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Make your way to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and is the third-largest city in the country. See The Hague, where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government). Finally, choose to add a scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam and see some of the city's top sights including canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House.

Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

3. Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining original Delft Blue factory from the 17th century in Delft that still hand makes Delft Blue according to a centuries-old tradition. Discover the history, craftsmanship and innovation of this royal company during a visit. The Royal Delft Experience takes you on an inspirational journey through the world of the centuries-old earthenware. Paintbrushes carefully touch the white earthenware, whilst elsewhere clay is poured into handmade moulds. It is here, at Royal Delft, that craftsmen have been creating the iconic Delft Blue for almost 400 years. Admire the collection of antique and modern pieces of Delft Blue earthenware and experience the authentic production process in the factory. In the showroom, the complete collection of hand-painted classic and modern Delftware and souvenirs are displayed and can be purchased. In 2018 Royal Delft celebrated its 365th anniversary. Highlights of the year were the exhibition “Nouveau Blue: vision to realisation” until 30 September and the painting of a Delft Blue tile painting by 365 people during the year. To complete the experience you can join one of the painting workshops and discover the skill needed to be a Royal Delft craftsman (upon reservation). Finally, you can soak up the atmosphere in Brasserie1653 that overlooks the beautiful courtyard garden, whilst having a cup of coffee, High tea, or lunch. There are audio and guided tours available in 8 languages. Royal Delft is easily accessible from Amsterdam, the Hague, and Rotterdam.

Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

4. Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

Visit two of the most famous churches in the Netherlands: the 'Oude Kerk' and 'Nieuwe Kerk' of the city of Delft. Both are architectural marvels full of history and stories and can be visited with just one ticket The New Church was completed in 1655. Almost every member of the royal family since the death of William of Orange have been laid to rest here. The church is also known for spectacular architecture, giant pipe organ, and stained-glass windows The Old Church is thought to have been founded in 1246. See its crooked tower, which is 2 meters off-center, and admire its distinctive stained-glass windows. It’s also where you’ll find the graves of famous Dutch people such as the painter Vermeer.

Delft: Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum Entry Ticket

5. Delft: Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum Entry Ticket

Book your ticket to the Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum to see reproductions of Johannes Vermeer. Learn about the Dutch Baroque Period painter's life, techniques, and painting at this quaint museum. Arrive at Vermeer Centrum Delft, a former Guild of St. Luke building, and speak with a volunteer to learn about the museum. Receive an audioguide and head to the basement where you'll watch a short film on Vermeer and Delft in the 17th-century. Afterward, see 37 painting reproductions by Vermeer. Learn about the artist's life and family, as well as the city he lived in. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to Vermeer’s working ­method. Use a camera obscura to play with colors and perspectives and literally step into a Vermeer painting. On the second floor of the museum learn more about the love messages in Vermeer's paintings. In the exhibition "Love messages from Vermeer" understand the meaning and symbolism of certain objects and details in the artist's paintings. Conclude your visit to the museum with a visit to the gift shop.

Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

6. Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

From early April to mid-May you will get to visit  Keukenhof, close to Amsterdam, and show you the tulips at their best. This tour has it all: you will enjoy the fragrances and the colors of 7 million flowers as well as the unearthly beauty of historical Delft. After a leisurely drive through the countryside you'll see the vast bulb fields in full blossom as well as the typical windmills. First, you'll visit  Delft which is said to be the most charming town of the Netherlands.  You will marvel at the picturesque canals, the city hall, the Old and the New Church that also houses the underground crypt of the Dutch Royal Family. In your free time, you will most certainly browse through the countless small but cozy Delft arts and crafts shops. After lunch and on the way to the Keukenhof estate you'll hear about the history and importance of tulip growing.  And then for three hours, you enjoy the many gardens and beautiful pavilions which show a great collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other flowers.

Delft: Museum Prinsenhof Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

7. Delft: Museum Prinsenhof Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

The Museum Prinsenhof Delft offers a unique opportunity to explore the history of the Netherlands, Delft, and Delftware. Learn all about the history of Delft and the rest of the country as you explore the museum, itself a building of great historical importance. The museum is located on the site of some of the most dramatic and consequential events in Dutch history including the assassination of William of Orange, the Father of the Dutch Nation. The bullet holes of the assassination are still visible. From 10 February 2023 - 4 June 2023 you can visit the temporary exhibition Vermeer's Delft. In the 17th century, Delft was a breeding ground for talent, where important innovations were taking place. Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) developed into a world-class painter here. For the first time, Vemeers life, his network and his relationship to the city of Delft is the central focus of an exhibition. On the basis of more than 100 objects from Dutch and foreign collections, including masterpieces by Delft painters, objects of applied art, maps, prints, drawings, books, biographical documents and other archival matter, a picture of the bustling city atmosphere of the 17th century will be painted. Learn more about the famous inhabitants of Delft's past such as the world-famous painter Johannes Vermeer, Michiel van Mierevelt, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and Hugo de Groot. Discover the role that the citizens of Delft played in the history of the Netherlands and how Delftware became the global brand it is today. See some beautiful Delftware pieces in the museum next to beautiful paintings from the period known as the 'Golden Age'.

From Amsterdam: Day Tour to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

8. From Amsterdam: Day Tour to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Discover some of the most historic sites and scenic spots in the Netherlands on a day trip from Amsterdam. After a hotel pickup, listen to stories about the history of the country from your guide as you travel in a luxury minivan on a small-group or private tour. Start your journey by heading to Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, known for its maritime heritage and modern architecture. Learn about the near-complete destruction of the city center in World War II that resulted in a varied architectural landscape. Afterward, travel to Delft, renowned for its blue pottery. Enjoy time to sit in the market square to have lunch. Enrich your experience by opting for a visit to the Royal Delft, the only remaining earthenware factory from the 17th century where Delft Blue ceramics are still made. In the afternoon, continue to the political city of The Hague. Explore the administrative and royal capital of the Netherlands and its seat of government. Choose to visit the Madurodam miniature park, home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of Dutch landmarks and historical cities.

Delft: Craft Beer Tasting in Medieval cellar

9. Delft: Craft Beer Tasting in Medieval cellar

Delfts Brouwhuis is home to the Delftse Brouwers brewery, the youngest brewery in Delft, in a beautiful historic setting. Under the supervision of Archeology Delft, the medieval cellar from 1300 was excavated and examined in 2019. Shards of a medieval beer mug are even found and guess what? The cellar appears to have served as a brewery in the past. In this 700-year-old setting for the city brewery in Delft, beautiful local beers flow from the kettle to your glass. Be surprised on this beer tour along the local big four: 4 craft beers from Delftse Brouwers. With a bit of luck you can see the brewer at work in his natural Delft habitat. Genuine, handmade, pure taste. These 4 craft beers are served with Bavarian Pretzels with a homemade cheese beer dip and mustard.

Delft: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

10. Delft: Escape Tour - Self-Guided Citygame

Escape from 16th-century Delft during this exhilarating tour. Get to know Balthasar Gérard and help him find Delft's secret passages. Balthasar devised a plan to get close to the well-guarded William the Silent. And yes, Balthasar succeeded, after which he almost immediately started an intense argument with him. In fact, the discussion got so out of hand that Balthasar did something terrible. He had to flee, quickly, before anyone found out about it. His only way out was the secret passage out of Delft! Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk towards Prinsenhof, marvel at Museum Prinsenhof (former monastery), and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

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All cities were visited. Everything was explained very well and shown what was really important to know. There was time to move freely in the cities. We took a break to take photos in front of particularly interesting buildings, such as the International Court of Justice. The only disadvantage was that in my opinion there were too many fellow travelers. A large, confusing group where I was personally worried about being accidentally forgotten because I couldn't imagine that the tour guide would be able to remember all the faces, especially at the first few stops. A clear time was set when we would meet again at the bus and no one was forgotten. I really enjoyed the trip, but I prefer to travel in a small group of 5-20 people.

Our guide Pia is the best. She is kind, caring, dedicated and gave excellent commentary of the various sites. She gave clear advise regarding meeting up times and made sure that no one gets left behind. our driver Peter is kind and efficient.

It’s a super way to spend a day taking in lots of Southern Holland. It’s great value for money and you don’t need to think about managing your own logistics while soaking up history, culture and geography.

The tour was great! Tony was an excellent guide and Frank an excellent driver! I think that we should spend some more time in The Hague.

It was very nice, well organized and very informative. Our guide Pia was very friendly and helpful.