The Delft City Tour by Happy Day Tours Delft is the ideal combination of a quintessentially Dutch canal boat tour and a walking tour in Delft. Here are some of the highlights you can expect from the number 1 Delft combi tour…
Delft is the main setting of the film Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) as well as the real-life hometown of the painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Vermeer lived in Delft all his life and you can still see many of the buildings and streets where he would have walked by himself back in the day.
Read more about what to do in Delft in my posts about tracing the settings of the film “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and A Quick Guide to Delft.
About the Tour:
The Delft City Tour consists of 1 hour canal boat tour + 1 hour walking tour (both with a multilingual guide) + a lovely little Delft souvenir at the end.
What’s there to see?
1. Delft’s old (and new) canal houses
On the first part of your tour – the boat tour – you will pass by Delft’s main “canal houses”. Most of them are quite old and have been perfectly renovated. Others date from more modern times, but are equally nice to look at.
The captain navigating the boat is at the same your tour guide. He (or she) will provide commentary in Dutch and English (plus German if there are several German people on the boat who’d prefer German).
So you can sit back and relax while your guide will tell you all about the sights you will pass by.
For example one of the former Dutch East India Company’s historical buildings, which still bears the inscription “Indische Instelling”.
During the so-called “Dutch Golden Age” (well portrayed in the contemporary drama-film Tulip Fever), Delft became one of the most important harbour towns for the Dutch East India Company.
If you would like to see what a historic canal house looks from the inside, check out the Museum House Paul Tetar van Elven (more info in my post on tracing the settings of Girl with a Pearl Earring in Delft).
2. The Historic City Centre
When you arrive back at shore, the tour guide for your walking tour will pick you up for your stroll through the historic city centre of Delft. Just like the boat guide, the walking tour guide is multilingual.
On our walking tour, we passed by all the main “must-sees” of Delft including the main Market Square, which served as a filming location in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), the Beestenmarkt Square and the street in which Johannes Vermeer used to live.
3. Delft Filming Locations
When I asked him, Martin even provided some additional information on filming locations in Delft. These include the stone bridge that Gries walks across in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), as well as the vampire thriller Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), in which Martin himself appeared as an extra while a student.
When? From 1 April to 30 September there is a Delft City Tour guaranteed every day. In October, the Delft City Tour takes place every Saturday. In the winter, you can join the Winter City Tour on Saturdays.
How much? The price for the Delft City Tour is 14.50 € per person (adult)
How long? The total duration is 2 hours (1 hour for the canal boat tour and 1 hour for the walking tour)
Participants: The tour will take place with a minimum of one person.
For more details, check out the website of Happy Day Tours Delft.
What other Delft tours can I book?
These include the join-in 3 h High Wine or High Beer Tours on Friday evenings and the High Tea Tour on Saturday afternoons as well as the Happy Lunch or Happy Dinner Tour and the The Delicious Delft Tour for groups.
Historic Walking Tour
This 1-hour tour is your best bet to get a good first overview of Delft and its history as well as Dutch history in general.
Blue & Orange Tours
The Blue & Orange Tour is another combi tour that includes a city walking tour and a tour inside the New Church (1.5 hours) as well as a visit to the Royal Delft, the only remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century (1 h).
Guided Church Tours
If you like to learn more about Delft’s famous churches than you would when visiting on your own, book a Guided Church Tour as a group (Mondays to Saturdays).
If you would like to discover Delft like a local, book a guided bicycle tour on request.
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Unless otherwise credited, all photos by © Sonja Irani | filmfantravel.com
Disclosure: In order to write my review, I received a complimentary ticket for the City Tour Delft by Happy Day Tours Delft. The views expressed in this blog post, however, are entirely my own and thus reflect my honest option.