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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

A great impression of Holland that starts with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour you will 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.

Amsterdam: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25 Attractions

4. Amsterdam: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 25 Attractions

Enjoy unlimited access to over 25 of Amsterdam's hottest attractions with a city pass for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. Go on guided tours of Rotterdam and The Hague, discover world-famous collections of historic art, and admire the city from the canals on a cruise. Easily display your pass on your phone and use the digital guide to help you plan your itinerary and make reservations when necessary. There is something for everyone to see with over 25 attractions including the Heineken Experience and Keukenhof. Attractions: Heineken Experience (reservations required)RijksmuseumThis Is HollandMoco MuseumA'DAM LookoutKeukenhof with boat cruise (reservations required)100 Highlights CruiseRotterdam, Delft, and The Hague guided tourTour de BonTonRoyal Experience - Royal Coster DiamondsKeukenhof tourJohan Cruijff Stadium tourZaanse Schans tour (reservations required)Keukenhof bus tour (reservations required)1-Hour pedal boatMacBike bike rentalHouseboat MuseumMuiderslot CastleDiamond Museum AmsterdamPancakes AmsterdamJewish Cultural QuarterAmsterdam Pipe MuseumHouse of Bols cocktail experienceAmsterdam Tulip MuseumVolendam, Edam, and windmills bus excursion (reservations required)Tony Chocolonely Superstore

Delft: A Tale of Mischiefs and Twists City Exploration Game

5. 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.

Delft: Entrance Ticket for the Old and New Churches

6. 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: 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.

Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

8. 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.

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

9. 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.

Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

10. Magical Delft and the Keukenhof Estate: Tulips Galore

From early April to mid-May you will get to visit  Keukenhof, close to Amsterdam, and show you the tulips at their best. This tour has it all: you will enjoy the fragrances and the colors of 7 million flowers as well as the unearthly beauty of historical Delft. After a leisurely drive through the countryside you'll see the vast bulb fields in full blossom as well as the typical windmills. First, you'll visit  Delft which is said to be the most charming town of the Netherlands.  You will marvel at the picturesque canals, the city hall, the Old and the New Church that also houses the underground crypt of the Dutch Royal Family. In your free time, you will most certainly browse through the countless small but cozy Delft arts and crafts shops. After lunch and on the way to the Keukenhof estate you'll hear about the history and importance of tulip growing.  And then for three hours, you enjoy the many gardens and beautiful pavilions which show a great collection of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and other flowers.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    Delft can be reached from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. The latter is much closer but less well connected. You will have to take bus 33 to Rotterdam Centraal Station and then continue by train from there (about 40 minutes altogether, not including wait times). Direct trains from Amsterdam take about 45 minutes

  • How to get around?

    Delft's Old Town is mostly car free. It's easy to navigate the small city by foot, but keep an eye out for bikes and taxis, which are allowed to use some pedestrian streets. As with many places in the Netherlands, cycling is easy, convenient, and greatly encouraged. If you'd like to partake in the country's favorite mode of transport, bicycles are available to rent at the train station. You'll need a valid ID and cash for a deposit.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    Best to have sunshine light your way around cozy Delft. June through September are great months to consider.

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What people are saying about Delft

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 609 reviews

A beautiful day on the canals. Our tour guide was fab; very knowledgeable and spoke in Dutch and extremely good English to explain parts of the area. He used questions and humour to provide a lovely experience. We really enjoyed ourselves.

the tour guide Adrian is very knowledgable ,helpful & the driver is very polite & nice. Its a very good day trip pack with information & activity. Highly recommended to joint this tour

Excellent tour. We covered much ground. Enjoyed it all! Very well planned tour. Guide and driver were very nice, knowledgeable and helpful.

Fabulous place. Love the history, the workshop, watching the craftsman, and the finished products are outstanding. Bravo!!

Great organizations! Thanks alot to Adrian - fantastic guide! Recommend this excursion!