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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, 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: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

3. 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

4. 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.

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.

Delft: Museum Prinsenhof Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

6. 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'.

Delft: Guided Walking Tour

7. 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.

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

8. 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: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip Fields & Delft

9. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Keukenhof, Tulip 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.

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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We had such a great time exploring on this self tour! It ended up being the best part of our trip! Got to see local gems we never would have experienced and had a lot of fun driving around. Friendly, easy and informative. Would definitely do another route if we came back. Thank you!!

this tour lets me to know the three cities. I love Rotterdam better than other two cities, because there are so many different styles of buildings. especially that market building, it looks like a big arch from a distance, but it looks like a glass wall up close.

Full day and good value. Pedro very friendly and knowledgeable. The Hague OK, model village lovely, even in rain, Delft OK, Rotterdam shopping market good, Rotterdam cruise excellent. Enjoyable day, would recommend.

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.

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