Dutch Quilting and Spring Highlights Tour 2021

Dutch Quilting & Spring Highlights Tour 2021
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Flights from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds & Edinburgh ~ or make your own way there!

Dutch Quilting and Spring Highlights Tour 2021 - quilts, flowers, porcelain, paintings and a beautiful Dutch city...all wrapped up in one wonderful holiday!

This wonderfully varied three-day tour combines a visit to the Patchwork & Quilt Days event in Rijswijk with visits to Keukenhof, widely regarded as ‘the most beautiful spring garden in the world’, and the charming city of Delft, Vermeer’s birthplace and home to the iconic earthenware factory.

You will stay at the peacefully located 4* Best Western Museum Hotel Delft, in the hear of the old city.

What we love

  • The Patchwork and Quilting Days show in Rijswijk, an unmissable celebration of quilting and patchwork. 
  • Strolling through the joyous, heavenly-scented bulb-filled gardens of Keukenhof 
  • Spending time soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the old-world charm of Delft with its canals, Vermeer museum and the iconic blue and white pottery that bares the city's name
  • Being enchanted by the extraordinary collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age at Mauritshuis House - from Rembrandt and Vermeer to Steen and Hals

Experiences you will treasure

  • The chance to hear life long quilter and self-confessed threadaholic Herma de Ruiter share her knowledge of all things thread

  • Being introduced and meeting with Dutch fibre artists  - seeing and talking about their work (we are sure you will pick up a handy hint or two and inspiration!) 

  • A day to explore the inspirational Patchwork and Quilting Days show in Rijswijk. (Don't forget to bring a bag - there are lots of stalls piled high with tempting supplies for your next project!)

  • Tip-toeing though the millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths at Keukenhof Gardens

  • A guided tour of Royal Delftware Pottery 

  • A guided tour of the unmissable Mauritshuis House, bringing alive the stories behind the masterpieces and the artists who painted them

  • Time to wander the canal lined streets of Delft, with picturesque views around every corner: pretty canals, elegant, red brick buildings, decorative medieval details, elegant archways, alluring entrances, a secret garden, a simple church....


Our programme includes flights from the UK, but we know there some of you who might like to join us there - perhaps you are travelling from another country, or would simply like to make your own way? We are flexible and if you would like to extend your stay either end of the tour, let us know so we can help arrange this for you.

Tulip fields in Nethelands


Dutch Spring Quilting tour 14 - 16 April 2021


⭕ Arrival dinner at a local restaurant - a great way to settle in and meet everyone you are travelling with! 

⭕ Herma de Ruiter's talk A Threadaholic Tells All: everything you always wanted to know about thread but were afraid to ask

Lifelong quilter Herma de Ruiter will talk about different threads and show you how they can impact your work. There will be lots of lovely samples to look at and touch. Herma will also try to answer all your questions and give you tips and tricks to use even the most ‘difficult’ threads successfully.

⭕ 1 day entrance to Rijswijk Quilt Festival  (You can look forward to being personally introduced to some of the exhibiting designers!)

⭕ Entrance to Keukenhof Gardens

⭕ Entrance and hour-long tour of The Royal Delftware Pottery. (There will be time for a spot of shopping at their wonderful gift shop too.)

⭕ Entrance and guided tour of Mauritshuis House Museum

Getting there & Accommodation

⭕ Return flights to Amsterdam  -  ⭕ Or Make your own way and join us there! 

⭕ 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation at 4* Best Western Museum Hotel Delft

Looking after you

⭕ Services of an experienced ECT Tour manager who will accompany you

⭕ Porterage service per person at the hotel

⭕ Private transfers while you are in The Netherlands

⭕ Travel disruption insurance

⭕ ATOL Protection

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or, for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate, go to www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.

Our ATOL number is ATOL 6545. ATOL Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.

Dutch Quilt Holiday

Day One  April 14

Depart UK (or make your own way to Amsterdam)

Meet at Schiphol airport and transfer to 4* Best Western Museum Hotel Delft

Free time in Delft to explore at your leisure

Dinner at the hotel, followed by talk from Herma de Ruiter who will join us at the hotel

Day Two April 15

Breakfast at the hotel

Visit to Patchwork and Quilting Days, Rijswijk

Visit to Royal Delft Pottery

Dinner at the hotel

Day Three April 16

Breakfast at the hotel and check out

Guided visit to Mauritshuis Den Haag

Visit to Keukenhof.

Transfer to Schiphol for flight home

Dutch East India Company April 14 -1 6 2021

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 started 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 Dutch have always been hugely innovative and influential in design, especially in quilting and fibre art and Patchwork and Quilting Days, in Rijswijk gives you the chance to see plenty of exciting, modern techniques and designs. This smaller setting is a lovely way to enjoy world-class designs and also gives you the chance to meet some of the designers, many of whom are regular contributors to international exhibitions, who will be more than happy to share their passion and enthusiasm with you. Whether you're a curious novice or an experienced quilter, there is something here for everyone to enjoy and learn from. 

I love this show! There is something here for everyone - contemporary quilts, art quilts, traditional quilts - and as it's not huge, you can do the whole thing in one day. It's a great opportunity to interact with other people over beautiful quilts. Herma de Ruiter

Patchwork and Quilting Days in Rijwijk

Herma de Ruiter joy fabric and quilting


I have been doing things with pieces of fabric for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to have a mother who made all our clothes, so there were always scraps of fabric to work with. I was given my first sewing machine – a Singer hand crank – when I was nine and made clothes for my dolls and myself. When I wasn’t sewing, I was knitting, embroidering or spinning. Now it’s impossible for me to imagine a life without fabric and thread in it.

Some of you will know Herma from her wonderful quilt designs that appear in international exhibitions, on Instagram, Pinterest and favourite quilting and patchwork publications. Her online tutorials are much enjoyed and widely shared - anyone who's watched one will know how wonderfully informative and hugely enthusiastic she is and how much she enjoys sharing ideas and techniques. 

Herma will visit you at your hotel on your first evening, bringing some of her designs for you to look at (and feel!) as well as sharing her wide knowledge and passion for quilting and textile art.

Herma de Ruiter


Dutch Quilting Tour April 2021 _ City of Delft

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

Vermeer 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 magnificent old and new churches dominate the inner city. Visit Vermeer's grave at Oude Kerk, with its leaning tower and famous stained glass windows, and see where William of Orange was laid to rest at Nieuwe Kerk.

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, whose delectable ‘poffertjes’ (Dutch pancakes) have been enjoyed by all who visit (- even Bill and Hillary Clinton.)

City of Delft

Mauritshuis House April 2021

Located in the heart of The Hague, the 17th century Mauritshuis House museum is home to the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. Among the 841 artworks on display are masterpieces such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt and The Goldfinch by Fabritius

With a guided tour of this incredible collection wander through the intimate galleries, peering out of windows to catch glimpses of the Hague, marvelling at the ornate silk-lined walls  Find out about Rembrandt’s most notable way of painting  – scumbling, paint on paint thus creating an impasto of pure colour. Peer deep into his self-portrait wondering at the man behind such creative innovation. Be in awe of the technical quality and durablity of Vermeer's wonderous works - small but equisite and utterly enchanting. From the beguiling look of his Girl with a Pearl Earring - to his view of Delft, their aesthetic will linger long with you.


⭕ While you are there enjoy their special exhibition: Fleeting – Scents in Colour
An exhibition about the portrayal of smell in seventeenth-century art. Scented flowers and perfumes, foul-smelling canals and unpleasant body odours, smell and well-being, new aromas from far-away lands (spices, tobacco, coffee and tea), the disappearing smells of the bleaching fields, old crafts and more.

Can life in the seventeenth century be captured in smell? How are smell (and scent) portrayed? What significance did people attach to smell? And what aromatic connotations do artworks have? In this exhibition, the Mauritshuis will undertake smell-historical research. In the vicinity of the art, various historic scents will be prepared to bring the paintings in the exhibition to life.

Dutch Golden Age Paintings Mauritshuis House

image is part of collection Mauritshuis, The Hague


Flight to Amsterdam with KLM

Flights with KLM  - Please note timings may change

Outbound into Amsterdam Schiphol April 14 2021

  • London Heathrow: Depart Heathrow 08:40h > Arrive Amsterdam 11:00h                 
  • Birmingham: Depart Birmingham 09:15h > Arrive Amsterdam 11:30h                            
  • Manchester: Depart Manchester 0900h > Arrive Amsterdam 11:15h                               
  • Bristol: Depart Bristol 09:20h > Arrive Amsterdam 11:35h    
  • Cardiff: Depart Cardiff 09:45h > Arrive Amsterdam 12:05h  
  • Leeds: Depart Leeds 10:05h > Arrive Amsterdam 12:20h 
  • Edinburgh: Depart Edinburgh 09:10h > Arrive Amsterdam 11:45h                                    

Inbound from Amsterdam Schiphol: April 16 2021

  • London Heathrow: Depart Amsterdam 20:30h > Arrive Heathrow 20:55h
  • Birmingham: Depart Amsterdam 21:05h > Arrive Birmingham 21:20h
  • Manchester:Depart Amsterdam 21:15h > Arrive Manchester 21:35h
  • Bristol:  Depart Amsterdam 2200h> Arrive Bristol 22:10h
  • Cardiff:  Depart Amsterdam 21:10h> Arrive Bristol 21:30h
  • Leeds: Depart Amsterdam 21:50 > Arrive Leeds 22:00h
  • Edinburgh: Depart Amsterdam 21:10 > Arrive Edinburgh 21:35





Key Legislation

Additional information:

  • This tour requires a minimum of 10 passenger refer to point 7 in our booking conditions

  • Mobility: this tour is generally suitable for most, if you are concerned or have specific issues please let us know ahead of booking

  • Please ensure you have a valid passport (at least six months from the date of travel) and visa (if travelling on a non-EU passport)

  • Travel insurance is required 

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