JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF DELFT AND ITS POTTERY PRODUCTION
A short walking tour and a guided tour of the most famous pottery factory in the Netherlands is part of a lovely journey through the history of Delft and the pottery that made it famous. The city is imbued with a 17th-century atmosphere, when it experienced its Golden Age and was at its maximum splendour. From Vermeer, a famous painter of the time, to Prince William I of Orange who died here, Delft welcomed many historic figures and prominent artists and became famous for its pottery production. The outstanding symbol of this tradition is the Royal Delft, a pottery factory producing unique masterpieces hand-crafted by true artists.
What we will see
- Short walk around Delft and its Golden Age atmosphere
- Guided tour of the Royal Delft, famous pottery factory
- Free time for shopping
What we will do
- Our tour starts with a short coach transfer to Delft
- Here, our guide awaits us for a short walk along the narrow alleyways of this enchanting city. Delft dates back to the 11th century and reached its maximum splendour during the 17th century, its Golden Age, when it became the seat of one of the Dutch East India Company chambers.
- In addition to being the birthplace of the painter Vermeer, who spent all his life here, and to being the city where William I of Orange, a prominent figure during the Eighty Years' War, was killed, Delft is famous for its tapestries and rich pottery production.
- At the end of our short walking tour, we have some free time to continue admiring the city’s 17th-century charm.
- We continue our excursion at the “De Porceleyne Fles” or Royal Delft, the most famous factory in the Netherlands manufacturing the famous Delft pottery which has been employing the same techniques since 1653, the year when it was founded, and distinguished itself from mass producers thanks to its unique hand-crafted masterpieces.
- A guided tour of the factory provides us with the chance to see the artists at work and learn more about the accurate and meticulous production process.
- Delft pottery, the term now used to indicate the entire Dutch pottery production, is characterised by the blue colour used as decoration and known as ”Delft blue”.
- After visiting the factory, we have some free time available to purchase a few souvenirs at the pottery shop.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- This excursion is reserved for guests who do not disembark at Ijmuiden.