A Discovery Exclusive - A Hands on Experience: Delft Blue Workshop at Royal Factory

4.5 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 2 2 0
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  • Delft
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

The tiny city of Delft proves that big things really do come in small packages. This quaint and picturesque city of 98,000 measures just a little over nine square miles but it's packed with an intriguing history, architectural delights, cobblestone streets, photogenic bridges and the world famous Royal Delftware factory. During this excursion you'll not only enjoy a guided tour of the factory but you can also make one of the iconic cobalt blue and snow white tiles yourself and shop for beautiful items in the showroom. Later, take a short walking tour in the charming heart of the city so wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget a camera to capture the memorable sights.

After boarding your motorcoach you'll make your way through Rotterdam for the short ride to Delft, a major center of the arts, crafts and science in the 17th century. And it was the establishment of the Dutch East India Company and trade with China that led to the city's greatest calling: creating exquisite tin-glazed pottery that resembled fine Chinese porcelain.

Established in 1653, De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft Factory) is the only factory that continues to painstakingly produce original Delft blue ceramics using the same time-honored methods since the factory's founding.

After you arrive you'll embark on a tour and learn the history of Blue Delft and Royal Delft, as well as step-by-step details of the development to the production process. Watch skilled artisans hand-paint vases, ornaments, platters or ornaments and see how they elevate each piece to a lovely work of art. Following the painting demonstration you can try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. (Items painted in the workshop can be shipped home, if required. This extra cost is not included in the tour rate, but can be arranged at the factory.) Then, browse through the showroom looking for traditional and modern Delftware to bring back home.

Next, you'll return to your motorcoach and continue into the heart of Delft where your guide will take you on a short stroll through the narrow streets of this enchanting 17th-century city. As you pass along the charming rows of red-tiled houses and medieval buildings it may be hard to believe that peaceful-looking Delft was once embroiled in the country's fight for independence from Spain. In fact, Prince William of Orange led the Dutch revolt against the Spanish and was killed here in 1584.

Continuing on, you'll make your way to the Markt, Delft's main square and home to 55 nationally recognized and protected cultural heritage buildings including the imposing Town Hall. Another camera worthy sight is the commanding New Church. Dating back to the 14th century the church holds the mausoleum of Prince William; almost every deceased member of the royal family since William has been interred in the church's royal crypts. (The church visit is not included during this tour. It's just a photo opportunity.)

Soak up the sights and enjoy a little shopping before reboarding your motorcoach for an idyllic ride back to your ship.

Special Notes:

This tour does not operate on Sundays from November 1st till March 31st as the Royal Delft Factory is closed.

Closed on Jan 1st, Dec 25th-26th
Opening hours may differ on national holidays.
National Holidays : Jan 1st, Apr 27th, May 4th, Dec 25th-26th

Please note that objects painted in the workshop can be shipped home (if required). This extra cost is not included in the tour rate, but can be settled at the 4'Porceleyne Fles'

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship to Delft for a guided tour & pottery workshop at Royal Delft Factory & some free time for shopping

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
02:15
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
800
Steps:
40
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Photo stop for the Delft marketplace

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1200
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Air conditioned:
Yes
Walking distance:
800
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No