Dutch Quilting and Spring Highlights Tour
Quilts, flowers and Delftware - An inspiring spring tour to the Netherlands
This multifaceted tour combines a trip to the Patchwork and Quilt Days show in Rijswijk with visits to Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world and the charming city of Delft with its famous porcelain factory.
Flights from: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London Heathrow and Manchester
Quilt making has a long history in the Netherlands. The oldest reference to a Dutch quilt dates back to the 13th century, but the tradition really began to flourish in the 1600s when the Dutch East India Company stated trading chintz from India in exchange for spices from the Far East. In the 18th Century, quilting became a popular pastime for many Dutch women and their creations played an important part in the development of quilting across the world.
The Patchwork and Quilting Days event in Rijswijk is an annual celebration of contemporary quilting With its displays of beautiful quilts, illustrating the huge variety of style and techniques being used today and showcases of fabrics, patterns, materials and tools, this is a must-visit show for quilters and textile lovers. Our tour gives you plenty of time to explore the inspirational stands and buy a range of unique products to take home and use in your next project.
We have also arranged for a local quilting expert, Herma de Ruiter from WonderFil Threads, to come to the hotel for an after-dinner-talk on speciality threads.
Keukenhof’s annual festival of spring flowering bulbs is one of the world’s most spectacular floral events and this tour offers a once-a-year opportunity to witness the garden’s seven million bulbs in flower.
We will walk past the heady swathes of tulips, anemones, daffodils, freesias and hyacinths that fill the garden and be treated to extraordinary displays of floral artistry. These incredible floral tapestries and tableaux are created each year by the world’s leading floriculturists, each one meticulously choreographing the planting of their bulbs to ensure they flower precisely to plan.
We will also visit the sculpture garden to see fantastical displays created by a wide variety of floral artists and exhibition pavilions such as the William-Alexander Pavilion with its thousands of tulips, the orchid-filled Beatrix Pavilion and the vibrant Orange Nassau Pavilion where florists give daily demonstrations.
The canal-ringed city of Delft has a rich history; synonymous with the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer and the iconic blue and white pottery that bares the city’s name, it is also the burial place of William of Orange. Our tour gives you ample free time to explore the medieval streets and cultural highlights.
History and Culture
Vemeer Centre – See the studio where Vermeer painted The Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft along with high quality, full size images of the artist’s entire oeuvre.
Oude Kerk and Nieuwe Kerk –The old and new churches dominate the inner city. Oude Kerk, with its leaning tower and famous stained glass windows, is home to Vermeer’s grave while Nieuwe Kerk William of Orange’s burial place.
Museum Prinsenhof – Immerse yourself in the history of Delft at this museum set in the former court of William of Orange.
Shopping and eating
The old city has plenty to tempt shoppers. The streets surrounding the Market Square - Oude Delft, Choorstraat, Voldersgracht, Wijnhaven, Hippolytusbuurt and Vrouw Juttenland - are filled with art galleries and one-off fashion and vintage boutiques.
Food-wise, there is something for every taste and budget. Two highlights are Visbanken, which was involved in the fish trade in the Middle Ages and is still the best place to go for a traditional Dutch herring or mackerel sandwich, and Het Gulden ABC, best known for serving ‘poffertjes’ (Dutch pancakes) to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
No trip to Delft would be complete without a visit to Royal Delftware. Established in 1653, it is now the city’s last remaining 17th Century earthenware factory and its iconic Blue Delftware is still painted entirely by hand following centuries-old tradition.
Our tour gives you access to The Royal Delftware Experience which takes you on a fascinating journey through the brand’s 400 year history. You can also explore Royal Delftware’s links with Vermeer and the Dutch Royal Family in intriguing themed rooms, including a recreation of Vermeer’s dining room furnished with original Delftware from the period.
There is more to choosing yarn for your quilting project than just the colour - such as deciding on how thin or thick your yarn will be and the material it is made from: cotton, rayon, metallic, or polyester. Do you opt for shiny yarn or matt yarn? Herma is an enthusiastic quilter as well as an expert in yarn. Following on from your Welcome Dinner on your arrival evening, Herma will give a talk on threads, about the many varieties of yarn - what the result is in choosing a particular yarn and how it plays a part in the final appearance of your work. She will also be able to answer any questions you have and pass on useful tips. WonderFil Threads is a Dutch wholesaler specialising in an array of Canada yarns and provides expert advise to quilters and textile artists.
Depart from your departure airport and meet your tour manager at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Transport to your hotel in Delft for check-in
Free time to explore city of Delft
Enjoy an arrival Dinner at the hotel
Guest Speaker Herma de Ruiter from WonderFil Threads will give a talk
Depart hotel after breakfast for Rijswijk to visit Patchwork en Quiltdagen Show
Depart show late afternoon for a visit and tour of the Royal Delft Pottery
Return transfer to your hotel early evening
Depart hotel promptly after breakfast for Leiden to visit Keukenhof
Return to Schiphol Airport for departure to the UK
All flights arrive into Amsterdam Schipol Airport
From Birmingham with KLM
Outbound: departing 1120 arriving 1330
Inbound: departing 2105 arriving 2115
From Bristol with KLM
Outbound: departing 0920 arriving 1135
Inbound: departing 2145 arriving 2155
From Cardiff with KLM
Outbound: departing 1000 arriving 1220
Inbound: departing 2110 arriving 2130
From Manchester with KLM
Outbound: departing 1110 arriving 1335
Inbound: departing 2115 arriving 2135
From Leeds with KLM
Outbound: departing 1020 arriving 1225
Inbound: departing 2200 arriving 2210
From Edinburgh with KLM
Outbound: departing 1120 arriving 1335
Inbound: departing 2110 arriving 2135
From Heathrow with KLM
Outbound: departing 0955 arriving 1225
Inbound: departing 2030 arriving 2055
A modern hotel situated minutes from the Old Town of Delft. Its 92 luxury rooms each have their own reference to music. Ideally located for shopping, restaurants and sight seeing.
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Tour price: £655.00* per person
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Tour Price: £680.00* per person
Discount available for members of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles: £30.00
Single Room Supplement: £106.00
Prices shown are per person, based on 2 guests sharing a twin/double room.
Prices are subject to change until a payment has been made.
Prices are updated regularly to reflect the increases in airline costs.
Minimum deposit: £250.00 per person
Full payment is required for bookings after 13th September 2017 (6 months before departure)
- Return flights to Amsterdam
- An ECT tour manager
- 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the 4* Hampshire
- Airport transfers and excursion transportation
- Entrance to Rijswijk Quilt Festival Full Show Pass
- Entrance to Keukenhof
- Entrance and tour of The Royal Delftware Pottery
- Travel insurance