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Delft: Canal Cruise with Guided Commentary

1. Delft: Canal Cruise with Guided Commentary

Get to know Delft in the best way possible by exploring its centuries-old system of canals. Find about one of the most important cities in Dutch 17th-century history, and admire its picturesque buildings and canal houses. During your cruise, see many of the city's highlights and hear about their history from an experienced team of captains and guides. Learn about the city's patriotic history, the old town center, Delft Blue, Johannes Vermeer, the East-Indian Trading Company, and much more.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

2. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-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, 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.

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: "The Blue's Clues" City Exploration Game

5. Delft: "The Blue's Clues" City Exploration Game

Start your adventure with a mystery you need to solve. The mystery could go something like this: you wake up in the middle of the street in sixteenth-century Delft. You look around with a headache, not remembering what happened last night. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds. Exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. The city game starts at Oosterpoort. It will take around 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, and you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at the Delft Windmill de Roos. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Delft: Guided Walking Tour

6. Delft: Guided Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Delft will start at your hotel or if you travel to Delft from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. Walk into the paintings of legendary Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, on this lovely guided walking tour through the artist's hometown, and the place where the great majority of his masterpieces were set – the old town of Delft. Find several highlights as you walk along the old streets, including the town hall, the ancient church, and the beautiful Agnetapark. Many of the sights of Delft are closely tied to the royal family; it was in the Prince's Court, for instance, that the founding father of the Netherlands, William of Orange, was murdered, and it is in the town's new church that his tomb as well as the graves of the Dutch royal family are displayed. Delft is famous for one other thing, aside from its connection to Vermeer and William of Orange – its celebrated pottery tradition. Those who would like admire the traditional earthenware and the famous "Delft Blue" hues in which they come can visit some of the pottery places in town.

Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

7. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and 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. After a short city tour, your first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. 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 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.  Finally, 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. The Hague is 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).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague: Full-Day Small-Group Tour

8. Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague: Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Meet your guide and driver in central Amsterdam. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan for the 90-minute ride to Rotterdam, the first destination on this full-day tour. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and well known for its commercial harbor. Stop at Spido for a 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of one of the world’s largest ports. You’ll see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. Visit the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. It is known as the Prince’s City, as countless members of the Dutch royal family have moved here, married here, and have been buried here for centuries. Explore Delft’s historic town center, filled with historical monuments such as the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century. Next stop is The Hague, which, in addition to being the seat of the Dutch government is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. This is the location of most foreign embassies in the Netherlands, and some 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The Hague is also where you’ll find the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, the Mauritshuis (featuring works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol, among others), and the Binnenhof (the Dutch parliament). At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to Amsterdam, with a better appreciation of life outside the cultural capital.

Private Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam to The Hague & Delft

9. Private Sightseeing Tour from Amsterdam to The Hague & Delft

Start your sightseeing tour in a relaxing way with a pickup service at your accommodation. After a short meet-and-greet with your driver, you will be taken to your first location, The Hague. The Hague is an important city in the Netherlands, home to some of its most important buildings. The Hague plays host to the Dutch government and parliament. You can also see the embassies, the international court and criminal court, the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice just to name a few. Your tour guide will acquaint you with this very important place.  For a change of scenery, your guide will take you to the Mauritshuis to witness the famous artwork within. This gallery is home to classic Dutch artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and Jan Steen among others. The gallery predominantly contains classics from the golden age but contains a wide variety of exhibitions.  After experiencing culture and art in The Hague, the tour continues in Delft. Delft is a city near The Hague, known for its Delftware pottery. You can view this blue with white handmade pottery in the Royal Delft museum to experience something uniquely Dutch.

From Amsterdam: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

10. From Amsterdam: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to the potteries in Delft, Madurodam, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. You have entrance tickets to the Mauritshuis museum, Madurodam, and the Royal Delft potteries where you stay approx. 1 - 1.5 hours at each spot. If there is time left you can have a nice lunch in The Hague. You will be picked up in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Delft

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 655 reviews

Fabulous tour and tour guide (Adrian and driver Ryan). We enjoyed every stop, and the time allotted was perfect in most cases. The double decker bus was comfortable, and Adian did a great job of getting everyone to be timely. We had originally booked a small group tour (through another company) that canceled for lack of participants). We were so lucky to find this tour at the last minute. It was almost half the price and twice as many inclusions. We didn't even realize there was a wonderful and delicious pancake cruise at the end in Rotterdam. This excursion was a highlight of our trip. We did not mind that the excursion lasted almost 11 hours; it was time well spent.

Gentle and relaxing cruise with commentary in both Dutch and (good) English. Tour guide and captain had lots of interesting and amusing stories to share!

An excellent tour guide plus a great experience of some Dutch cities. A lot to explore amd to do in one package, already figured out by the experts.

Great pass if you plan your highlights in advance. You can definitely save money and check-in went smoothly everywhere. Definitely a recommendation.

Starting difficulties when activating, but then great