Churches, blue pottery and Vermeer's Girl with Pearl Earring
Delft is one of the oldest cities in Holland and it is famous for its Blue pottery. We will visit the traditional factory where you can see how the pottery is made and painted by hand. Of course we will make a walk around the medieval central square. In 1584, William the Silent was entombed in in a mausoleum in The New Church. Since then members of Royal family have been entombed in the royal crypt. The latest are Queen Juliana and her husband Prince Bernhard in 2004.
The Hague is the political capital of the Netherlands with its many embassies. Among the highlights are a visit to the governmental centre of the Netherlands and The Mauritshouse museum.
Here you can see some beautiful famous paintings by Vermeer (view on Delft), Rembrandt (Anatomic lesson), Jan Steen, Paulus Potter (the bull) and Rubens. Highlight of the collection is the girl with the pearl earring by Johannes Vermeer.
At the end of the excursion I will drive you back to your hotel in Amsterdam, or other city.
I will pick you up in Amsterdam and we will drive to Delft first, where you will be able to see:
Delft Blue pottery
Delft churches and square
Then, we'll go to The Hague and we will visit:
The Hague Parliament buildings
The Hague Mauritshouse museum
I will take you back to Amsterdam by the end of the day
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Amsterdam, airport or cruise terminal Amsterdam/Rotterdam
End location: Your hotel in Amsterdam or cruise terminal Amsterdam/Rotterdam
Duration: 6 hours
The tour is also possible for your group. I can arrange busses in all sizes. Just contact me.
Transport is done with a Seat Alhambra AC / 2004, max capacity 5 adults + 1 child. A good, very comfortable and ABSOLUTE clean car. Before every tour it is cleaned from the inside and outside (carwash).
Also possible (on request) an 8 seater VAN, at additional cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 EUR - Your lunch, souvenirs and entrance Mauritshouse (14 eur pp)
I do guide in museums where that is allowed, such as the Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandthouse, Rijksmuseum, Frans Hals museum, Mauritshouse. I have a lot of knowledge about the Dutch history, but please do note that I am not an art historian.
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This was the 3rd tour we scheduled with Vincent—every bit as special as the other two. His car provided a very comfortable ride as he described the surrounding countryside on our way to Delft. Knowing of my interest in Delft pottery, he selected a small, authentic factory/store where we purchased several gifts. We continued to be impressed by his knowledge of The Netherlands & its history and of the art he showed us in the Maurits House in The Hague. He is kind & patient; we can't recommend him enough!