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Private Guided Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Delft, Vermeer and the World of Art

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 110 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 140 Euro (EUR)

Subjects: History, Art History and Architecture. Academic tour by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

The Dutch city of Delft was the original seat of the revolutionary Dutch government. In Delft the Protestant leader William of Orange led the political insurrection against the lawful ruler, the Roman Catholic King of Spain. The main issue on which The Netherlands was founded was freedom of religion and conscience. A walk through 21st century Delft will include the very cloister building in which William of Orange lived, worked and was finally murdered. Delft is now almost an open air museum for a number of historical reasons; letís see whether all monuments and places listed here are indeed open to the public during our visit!

On market squere we also find the Town Hall. Most of the daytime the front room of the Town Hall (above) is open to visitors. Inside you will see the wall maps and the tiled floor which made Delft famous in paintings. The Town Hall of Delft is an edifice combining many public functions. The beautifully situated Old Delft canal is the site of the Oude Kerk (Old Church), another major Delft church. It is also the location of the grave marker of Johannes Vermeer, the most famous painter of the Delft school. In walking these wonderful old canals we will also see the local headquarters of the United East India Company as well as many of the houses of merchants who grew rich from their international trade with the North, South, East and Far East. We will also discuss local wealth from breweries and the many Delftware workshops producing Delft Blue. A visit to a real Delft Blue workshop may be part of the itinerary.

In one hidden town square we may also find a paint store, which still looks like a store from the days of Charles Dickens. We may also enter the house where Johannes Vermeer was born, and a little further on we see the memorial plaque at the site of the house where Vermeer produced his incomparable paintings. This is the historic Vermeer marker I personally created. A visit to the newly built Vermeer center (in the former Guild Hall) giving an overview of Vermeerís life may finally conclude our Delft walking tour. Drs Kaldenbach has created one of the most detailed web sites (+2000 items) about Delft and Vermeer. He is considered a foremost specialist on the subject. The car drive from Amsterdam is just over 1 hour. My car will seat 3 or 4 adults.

Practical matters:
- An ideal combination is seeing the Vermeer paintings in the Mauritshuis, The Hague on the same day.
- Tour duration in Delft: 2 to 3 hours.

Bookings are finalized with a downpayment. I will send detailed instructions. Cancellation: The charges for cancellation more than 48 hours in advance are covered by your deposit. Charges for client cancellation 24-48 hours in advance: 25% of the agreed sum to be billed to the client's credit card. Charges for client cancellation less than 24 hours in advance: 60% of the agreed sum to be billed to the client's credit card. When booking, you agree to these arrangements.

The Dutch city of Delft was the original seat of the revolutionary Dutch government. In Delft the Protestant leader William of Orange led the political insurrection against the lawful ruler, the Roman Catholic King of Spain. The main issue on which The Netherlands was founded was freedom of religion and conscience. A walk through 21st century Delft will include the very cloister building in which William of Orange lived, worked and was finally murdered.

Delft is now almost an open air museum for a number of historical reasons; letís see whether all monuments and places listed here are indeed open to the public during our visit! On market squere we also find the Town Hall. Most of the daytime the front room of the Town Hall (above) is open to visitors. Inside you will see the wall maps and the tiled floor which made Delft famous in paintings. The Town Hall of Delft is an edifice combining many public functions.

The beautifully situated Old Delft canal is the site of the Oude Kerk (Old Church), another major Delft church. It is also the location of the grave marker of Johannes Vermeer, the most famous painter of the Delft school. In walking these wonderful old canals we will also see the local headquarters of the United East India Company as well as many of the houses of merchants who grew rich from their international trade with the North, South, East and Far East. We will also discuss local wealth from breweries and the many Delftware workshops producing Delft Blue. A visit to a real Delft Blue workshop may be part of the itinerary.

In one hidden town square we may also find a paint store, which still looks like a store from the days of Charles Dickens. We may also enter the house where Johannes Vermeer was born, and a little further on we see the memorial plaque at the site of the house where Vermeer produced his incomparable paintings. This is the historic Vermeer marker I personally created. A visit to the newly built Vermeer center (in the former Guild Hall) giving an overview of Vermeerís life may finally conclude our Delft walking tour. Drs Kaldenbach has created one of the most detailed web sites (+2000 items) about Delft and Vermeer. He is considered a foremost specialist on the subject.

As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Delft for a personalized guided tours of art museums and the wonderful historic center. Together we will experience the beauty and history. Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues.

Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited). Drs. Kaldenbach is chairman of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders (CATON). You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will take care of a unique and memorable experience.

Notes:
- Please contact me for time and fees of the tailor-made tour you ar interested in
- These tailor made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date
- Minimum group size: 1 person
- Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons
- With a megaphone I can also manage larger groups on the streets.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Normally starting from Amsterdam by car or train (train: extra ticket cost). Time spent in the city about 2 to 3 hours, on foot. Contact me for information on lower prices for larger groups with other venues and more people.

About This Supplier
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Location: Netherlands
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2005
Client Request Served: 287

As a high-level international tour guide, I offer pleasant tailor-made private tours for small groups. Having an academic background in Art History and teaching, my presentation is both in-depth and very communicative, thus open to a wide audience. I prefer to guide small and select groups to museum visits and to walks...

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