8.45am Meet and greet with your English-speaking guide / driver in our hotel lobby. He is ready to take you for a 50-minute drive by luxurious private car to medieval Delft.
Before we make a visit to the historical city center, there will be a stop at one of the two original remaining Delftware manufacturers in the world, the Delftse Pauw.
Did you know that more than 95% of all produced Delftware in the world is imitation? There will be an interesting tour through the small family company where you will see the process of making Delftware and of course the painters room.
10.15am From the Pauw it is only a 5-minute drive to the medieval city center. Stroll along the canals and discover the most beautiful spots of historic Delft. The city is also known as miniature Amsterdam, because of its canals and the grand monumental merchant’s mansions in the old city center. The city center of Delft is one of the best-preserved examples of a medieval Dutch town.
It is a city with rich historic and cultural heritage. Delft is also the city of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Think of his masterpiece “Gezicht op Delft” (View on Delft) and the Girl with the Pearl Earring.
Delft is the burial ground of members of the Royal family. Their crypt is located in the New Church.
Besides the Royal family, there are also several others famous people buried in Delft. In the Old Church the graves are located of the famous painter Johannes Vermeer and great ocean commanders such as Piet Hein and Maarten Tromp. Here, you will also find some spectacular stained glass windows by the famous artist Joep Nicolas. Your guide will take you to both churches.
Noon We continue the tour with a 20-minute drive to the “Royal City” The Hague, where your guide will take you on a walking tour through the historical city center. The Hague is a historical city from the 13th Century, but also the city where King Willem Alexander lives and where you will find many world famous museums. Most consider The Hague more upscale and local than Amsterdam. A surprising city!
Before we start the tour, there is time for lunch.
1.30pm We will start our walking tour in the oldest part of The Hague, the medieval parliament buildings “Inner court” with the Knights Hall from the 13th century.
Here, we will also make a guided visit to the famous Mauritshuis Museum, one of the most prominent and oldest museums in the Netherlands.
The Mauritshuis Museum reopened in 2014 after an extensive renovation and is home to the very best Dutch Golden Age paintings. The compact, yet world-renowned collection is housed in a 17th century building. Masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate rooms.
2.45pm After this exciting visit, there will be a walk towards the spectacular Panorama Mesdag Museum. Along the way we will walk through the Passage (1884) and there will be a stop at the Palace Noordeinde, the working Palace of King Willem Alexander.
3.30pm The Panorama is a cylindrical painting, more than 14 meters high and 120 meters in circumference. The vista of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen village were painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in 1881. His wife Sientje Mesdag and several other painters of The Hague School also worked on this amazing painting. It is the oldest 19th century panorama in the world in its original site. Amazing and for sure a must-see in The Hague and for many the highlight of their stay in the Netherlands!
4pm From here, your guide will take you through the Lange Voorhout, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
4.30pm You will be taken back to your hotel in Amsterdam, where you have the remainder of the day for your own leisure. You will arrive back around 5.30pm.