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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.

Royal Delft: Delftblue Factory and Museum

2. 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

3. 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

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.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

8. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Electric Dune & Beach Audio Tour

Enjoy a leisurely journey across the coastal region of South-Holland in an electric, 2-person Renault Twizy with GPS navigation. The unique open and contemporary design of electric car will give you a sense of freedom on the open road. You feel, smell and experience where you drive. Ride through nature, sand dunes, and picturesque coastal villages at your own pace. As you explore the area, an onboard audio guide shares additional information and facts about the area. Park the Twizy to see the beach and sea up close for some excellent photo opportunites.

Delft: Canal Waterbike Rental

9. 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.

Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

10. Lisse: Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour

Experience the enchanting and iconic tulip fields at their purest. You will enjoy a drive-it-yourself trip through the famous flower bulb region, taking in the colors and smells, and stopping as often as you want for a selfie among the tulip and flower fields. You will drive in a tough open-cab Twizy over a 20-kilometer rout among the colorful tulip and flower fields. The road will lead you through the the famous flower bulb region and through to an authentic flower bulb nursery. Throughout your tour, your audio guide will inform you of all the ins and outs of the area, whilst also sharing with you some cool tulip facts. You will cruise down country roads through the flowering tulips and park your Twizy beside the road to admire the sea of flowers up close. Driving a Renault Twizy is super easy and fun, and on the road you will be sure to attract a lot of attention.

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What people are saying about Delft

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4.3 / 5

based on 655 reviews

We visited Amsterdam in a city break in June and this tour was a very good opportunity to visit The Hage, Delfth and Rotterdam. The tour was explained very well by the guide and we were able to visit everything planned in a full day.

Mr Bram, our guide cum driver, was simply fantastic. He took lot of effort to explain all details, took us thru various lanes and by lanes, and ensured we have an enjoyable and enriching tour

Absolutely wonderful trip, we cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Five star trip without doubt.

A great short canal ride to learn some rich history of Delft.

Great "captain" vety informative and entertaining!