A DAY BETWEEN DUTCH HISTORY AND TRADITION: DELFT AND THE HAGUE
An amazing itinerary to discover two historical Dutch cities: a walking tour of Delft among marvellous squares, lovely alleyways and picturesque canals with an interesting visit to the only artisan pottery factory still working since 1653 and a sightseeing tour of The Hague, seat of the government of the Netherlands and residence of the Dutch royal family.
- Delft:short walk along the narrow cobbled alleyways and the city canals
- Visit to the pottery factory,craftsmen at work and shopping in the shop
- Sightseeing tour of The Hague: numerous embassies, imposing historic buildings, large squares, long boulevards, wealthy homes and ancient residences
- Peace Palace: seat of the Permanent Court of International Justice
- We start our tour with Delft, a peaceful and picturesque Dutch city that reached its maximum splendour around the 17th century (the so-called Dutch Golden Age) and which is now famous all over the world for its pottery with its typical blue decoration and for being the city where the famous Dutch painter Veermer was born.
- Once there, we go for a short walk along the narrow cobbled streets and canals accompanied by our guide.
- We continue our excursion by visiting the factory which produces the famous Delft pottery to see the artists at work and learn more about the accurate and meticulous production process. Pottery was introduced into the Netherlands in the 16th century due to the popularity of Italian and Spanish earthenware. In 1652 there were 32 pottery factories, including “De Porceleyne Fles”, established in 1653 and active to this day.
- After visiting the factory, we stop by the pottery shop to purchase a few souvenirs.
- Our itinerary then takes us to The Hague, “Den Haag” in Dutch, which is not far from Delft. Although not the official capital of the Netherlands, as the capital is Amsterdam, it is the seat of the government and the residence of the royal family.
- We go on a sightseeing tour of this amazing city overlooking the North Sea to admire its main sights such as the numerous embassies, imposing historic buildings, large squares, long boulevards, wealthy homes and ancient residences as well as the splendid Peace Palace, the seat of the Permanent Court of International Justice.
- After the tour of The Hague, the time has come to return to the ship.
Good to know
- This excursion includes a walk over partly cobbled surfaces which lasts approximately 1 and a half hours.