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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

1. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour will begin as you depart from Amsterdam on your coach 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, the 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. You will see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise you will continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Markethall and Cube Houses.  The next stop is the picturesque city of Delft, which is 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 to 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. You will also visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, you will head 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.

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From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulips Fields & Delft

2. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulips Fields & Delft

Arrive in Keukenhof before noon and follow your guide to skip the lines. Learn all the interesting facts about tulips and history of the Netherlands on a walking tour amongst the themed floral displays of Keukenhof Gardens. See millions of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths in bloom. Enjoy the stunning scenery and photo opportunities in the endless sea of flowers in Keukenhof. Later in the afternoon, visit the canal city of Delft. You will get to see a typical Dutch town which is famous for its iconic Delftware. Join the workshop prepared at Delft Blue Pottery Factory to learn about the Dutch handcraft tradition. Your guide will then take you to the lively market square of Delft where you can stroll along historic canals, cobblestone streets and the medieval architecture in the Old Church, City Hall, the New Church and more. You’ll have time to explore museums, shops, bars and cafés at your own pace.

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Delft: A Tale of Mischiefs and Twists City Exploration Game

3. Delft: A Tale of Mischiefs and Twists 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.

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

4. 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.

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Delft: Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

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Brussels: Keukenhof, Tulips, and Delft Day Trip

6. Brussels: Keukenhof, Tulips, and Delft Day Trip

Head to the Netherlands to see beautiful architecture and tulips in bloom with this private tour from Brussels. Your day will begin in Elf, with its beautiful old architecture and world-famous blue-and-white pottery. You’ll then visit Keukenhof, with its fields of colorful tulips, where you’ll have plenty of time to learn about tulips and wander the beautiful gardens at the local estate. Following that, visit Keukenhof near Amsterdam. It will be there that you will be shown the tulips at their best. You’ll enjoy the true fragrances and colors of 7 million flowers, as well as historic Delft’s ominous beauty. You will see the large bulb fields in full bloom after a leisurely ride through the countryside, as well as the traditional windmills. At the end of your fragrant experience, you will travel back to Brussels where your tour will conclude.

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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague and 1 Attraction

7. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague and 1 Attraction

Discover the best of the Netherlands on this all-encompassing tour. Departing from Amsterdam, head to Rotterdam, the Netherlands' 2nd largest city, where you will enjoy a quick city tour before heading to Spido for a 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. Admire Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your tour with stops at the famous Market Hall and Cube Houses. Next stop is the picturesque city of Delft. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center, packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the town hall. Afterward, pay a visit to a factory specializing in the coveted handmade Delft Blue pottery before swinging by The Hague for a city tour. See the home of the Dutch government and royal family, as well as the headquarters of several international organizations and embassies before beginning the journey back to Amsterdam.  On the way back to the capital, stop at the nearby Madurodam, an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses and windmills, all on a miniature scale. Finally, finish your day with a choice of 2 attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city, or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canalside.

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Delft: Private Historical and Cultural Guided Walking Tour

8. Delft: Private Historical and Cultural Guided Walking Tour

See the historical sights of Delft on a guided walking tour in English, German,Dutch, French or Spanish, on this customizable tour. Marvel at the mausoleum of Prince William of Orange, the founding father of the Netherlands. Stroll over the medieval square to the beautiful city town hall in Renaissance style. Let us peek inside and see how justice was spoken here centuries ago. Venture down small alleys to find charming courtyards, cross historic bridges over the numerous canals and find several highlights along the old streets, like the ancient church, the Prince´s Court, the beguinage, the only remaining historical windmill and the best hidden court of Delft: the court of Almonde. Walk into the paintings of legendary Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, on this guided walking tour through the artist's hometown and visit the places where his masterpieces were set. Delft is famous for 1 other thing, aside from its connection to Vermeer and William of Orange: Delft Blue pottery. Learn about its origins and see a master painter at work in one of the pottery places in town.

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From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Delft and The Hague

9. From Amsterdam: Private Day Trip to Delft and The Hague

You will be picked up at your hotel by your professional driver/guide. Visit the famous city of Delft, the home of the iconic blue pottery and one of the oldest Dutch cities. Then, head to The Hague, the heart of political activity in the Netherlands.  The city of Delft lies between Rotterdam and The Hague. It's old town is filled with beautiful sights, such as the restored 19th-century City Hall and the church where Willem van Oranje, one of The Netherlands most famous historical figures, is buried.  Head over to The Hague, where you'll discover the famous buildings known as 'Binnenhof and Ridderzaal' (Inner Court and Hall of the Knights). After that, go and check out the Old City Hall and the fantastic Noordeinde Palace. After the tour concludes, your guide will drive you back to your hotel.

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Delft: Canal Waterbike Rental

10. Delft: Canal Waterbike Rental

See the historical churches, canal houses, and monuments of Delft. Hop onboard a canal waterbike to experience the city in a unique and fun way. Rent a waterbike to experience the sights of Delt from its picturesque canals. Benefit from instruction on how to use the Schiller bikes, as well as a GPS to track your route. Feel the freedom of exploring the city at your own pace. Encounter nature, canal houses, and other historic architecture as you make your way around this charming city.

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What people are saying about Delft

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Top notch it was really worth it! The boat trip in Rotterdam's harbor was memorable. The visit of Delft was just the right amount of touring and some time to ourselves. The Didn't do much in the Hague but at least went there. The day was full throughout. Our guide Willem did an excellent job with his maps and historical story-telling, which filled in alot of the blanks for me . Very well done and would recommend it.

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Excellent guide of Juliette English French and Spanish Competence and professionalism You should have more time for Delft and less for Rotterdam In general the tour is good

Onze gids liep prettig rustig. We kregen alle tijd. Meer dan genoeg informatie en uitleg. Voorlopig kunnen met alle adviezen van onze gids nog wel even voort in Delft.

Juliet was very nice to us. She was explained great details and well organized trip. it was nice experince. thank you