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Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

1. 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.

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 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.

Delft: Vermeer Centrum Delft Museum Entry Ticket

3. 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.

Delft: Museum Prinsenhof Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

4. 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. 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: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague

5. 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.

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

6. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip Fields & Delft

Arrive in Keukenhof before noon and follow your guide. 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.

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

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

Start your tour by meeting your guide/driver at a centrally located meeting point. Your guide will take you to today’s first destination in about 60 minutes: Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is quite famous for its commercial harbor. The first stop is Spido for your 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. You’ll see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. The next stop on the tour is Delft, where you will have the opportunity to see the city’s canal-streaked historic town center and its awe-inspiring historical monuments, including the Old Church and New Church. While there, you will visit a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century. Discover The Hague. The city is the home of foreign embassies and international organizations such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. It is also known for its historical sites. The Palace of Peace and Justice, which houses international courts, is located in The Hague, as are 150 other international organizations. Alongside this are several royal palaces and monuments, including the Mauritshuis museum and Binnenhof (the Dutch parliament).

From Amsterdam: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

8. 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.

Amsterdam: The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam Private Day Tour

9. Amsterdam: The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam Private Day Tour

Discover some of the top highlights of Holland on this full-day tour. As you explore The Hague, Delft, and Rotterdam, you’ll learn about the fascinating history and culture from your private guide. You’ll see sights like the Binnenhof, take in the incredible architecture, and much more.  After being picked up, you’ll travel to the city of Delft, home to the Delft Blue pottery and the House of Orange-Nassau. One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Delft played a highly influential role in the Dutch Golden Age, and its architecture reflects this. Here you can visit the famous Royal Delft Museum, where you’ll learn about the famous Delft Blue pottery (entrance is €14 per person). Next, it’s on to The Hague, the political center of the Netherlands. Explore the charms of this old town with memorable sights, such as the 19th-century restored City Hall, Binnenhof, and the New Church. After your visit to The Hague, you’ll have the chance to visit the Madurodam museum. This miniature park is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities, and large developments (entrance is €16.50 per person). From there, your guide will drive you to the city of Rotterdam. Discover how the destruction during World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. Here you have the option to visit the Euromast tower to have a great view of the city (entrance is €10.50 per person). After your visit to Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your hotel or any other desired location.

From Amsterdam: The Hague and Delft Guided Sightseeing Tour

10. From Amsterdam: The Hague and Delft Guided Sightseeing Tour

Start your 6 hour sightseeing tour in a relaxing way with a pickup service at your accommodation. After a short meet-and-greet with your driver/host, 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 will make a quick photo stop at the Internation court of Justice and the Peace Palace, after that you will go to the Mauritshuis and when you done watching the paintings you will go to the Delfs Blue Pottery.

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The guide Andre and driver Peter took such good care of us. My family has learnt so much about the different areas in Amsterdam from the trip. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

It was a great and fun ride. You can get a sense of the cities and want to get to know them better in the future. I recommend the company and the tour.

Awesome tour with the guide telling us all about the things we were driving by, with a lot of fun stopa along the way!

we had lovely time with professional tour guide really we enjoyed .

Enjoyed the route, guide and foremost the timetable.