Saturday 21 September 2019
From 08h30 until 21h30
Delft, the Netherlands
4* luxury coach with reclining seats
Few Dutch cities have such a rich history as Delft. It was here that in 1584 William of Orange, the “Father of the Fatherland” was murdered in the Prinsenhof, where you can still clearly see the bullet holes. He is buried under the New Church, where also many other members of the Royal “Van Oranje” family are buried. But Delft is also the city of the world-famous Delfts Blauw porcelain, a lovely inner-city with enchanting canals, as well as the beloved painter Johannes Vermeer. During this day we visit the Royal Blue factory and see how highly detailed paintings are put on a wide variety of porcelain. We make a boat tour through the canals, enjoy a guided tour through the old centre with the Old- and New Churches, and learn more about Vermeer in the Vermeer Center.
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- Entrance fees Vermeer Center Delft
- Guided tour Vermeer Center Delft
- Entrance fees Royal Delft
- Guided tour Royal Delft
- Canal cruise Delft
- Guided tour Delft center by foot
- Entrance fees Old Church
- Entrance fees New Church
- Entrance fees Vermeer Centrum Delft
- Guided tour Vermeer Centrum Delft
- A fun group of international people
- A lifetime expat memory
Lunch at Royal Delft
Bus pick-up point
- Place Schuman, Brussels (bus stop next to KBC bank on roundabout)
Who can join?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable. You do not have to be a member even, and of course Belgians are more the invited too to join us. We always welcome many solo travellers, couples, retirees, small groups of friends and on this trip certainly also families.
How to add a child ticket?
Expat Club loves welcoming the youngest expats. If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for €60 (including lunch). You can update the quantity if required.
As with any Expat Club trip our schedule is carefully designed so we can optimally see all local destinations. Still, unforeseen circumstances, such as traffic jams, may influence our program. This rarely happens, but rest assured your host, the bus driver and the various destinations in Delft will do their best to give you the best possible experience.
08h15 – Departure Place Schuman
10h45 – Arrival Delft
11h00 – Royal Delft porcelain factory
12h30 – Lunch in Royal Delft (optional)
13h20 – Walk to boat
13h30 – Canal Cruise
14h30 – Guided tour with visit to Oude Kerk / Nieuwe Kerk
16h00 – Visit to Vermeer Centre
17h30 – End of visit & free time
19h00 – Departure
21h15 – Return Brussels
Royal Delft is the last remaining earthenware factory from the 17th century. The renowned Delft Blue is still entirely hand painted according to centuries-old tradition. At the Royal Delft Experience you will discover the complete history and production process of Royal Delftware. Here, you can feel our painters’ passion during a painting demonstration, admire our Delftware museum collection and wander through the factory where craftsmen are busy producing the products. (source: Royal Delft website)
At Royal Delft we will also have a nice Dutch lunch, which consists of hot soup, various sandwiches, hot quiche and fresh fruit salads. Unlimited coffee, tea and orange juice is included. This lunch is optional, but normally 80-100% of the participants join for such lunches. Please note that the Royal Delft factory is too far from the centre to just walk up and down before we depart by boat.
Located next to a canal, the city of Delft got it’s name from the verb delve, which means digging. It remained a village for a few centuries but received city rights in the middle of the 14th century. William of Orange, who carried the nickname William de Silent, lived here from 1972 as he was leading the resistance agains Spanish occupation. Delft quickly became one of the most important cities of Holland. By 1581 it became the capital of the newly formed The Netherlands and the official seat of the Prince of Orange. In 1584 William was shot in the Prinsenhof, with the bullet holes still visible 435 years later. He was buried in the New Church, which since then became the official burial place for members of House of Orange, including Queen Juliana and Prins Claus, the mother and husband of former Queen Beatrix.
Delft in many ways resembles the current capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam. With its many canals and beautiful canal houses, churches and other buildings, it is a great place for a canal tour. We there discover the city by boat for 1 hour after visiting the Royal Delft factory, followed by a professionally guided tour by foot. We walk along the Prinsenhof, visit the Old and New Churches and see the main square with the magnificent city hall. We end our walk at the Vermeer Centrum Delft.
A visit to Delft without a visit to the Vermeer Centrum Delft is not complete. We will visit the centre with two professional museum guides. Experience the life, the work and Delft, the city of the 17th-century master of the light: Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675).
- See reproductions of the original paintings in chronological order
- Get a glimpse into the life of Johannes Vermeer
- Experience his work methods and step into one of his paintings
- Find his secret love messages
We will travel with a modern 4* luxury coach with reclinable comfort seats and a lot of leg space. The bus has an onboard toilet, bar, and air-conditioning. We leave at 08h15 from Place Schuman, at the bus stop next to the KBC Bank. We return around 21h00 to Brussels.