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About Rotterdam

The city of Rotterdam is located on the banks of the North Sea by the Nieuwe Waterweg. Recognised as one of the world's leading ports, this ever-evolving city has a wealth of attractions. Rotterdam offers something for everyone - those who love the hustle and bustle of city life and those searching for peace tranquillity. One of Rotterdams main attractions is Diergaarde Blijdorp, a zoo featuring the impressive Oceanium where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel surrounded by sharks.

Rotterdam also attracts a great deal of international interest as a city of architecture. Across a few square miles in the city centre, you can find a complete overview of 20th century developments in modern architecture, from the pre-war Van Nelle Factory, designed around the concepts of light, air and space, to the striking Kubuswoning, or Cube Houses, a signature creation of Dutch architect Piet Blom. For an oasis of peace in the middle of the hectic city, be certain to visit the lovely gardens of Arboretum Trompenburg.

 

Shore excursions in Rotterdam

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Amsterdam On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Amsterdam is well worth a visit, famous for its gabled houses, canals with picturesque arched bridges and celebrated museums

If you prefer to go it alone and explore independently at your own pace, then this is the tour for you. Your coach transfer will whisk you into the heart of Amsterdam, dropping you off close to the city centre.

With approximately 4 hours ahead of you, to explore Amsterdam’s bustling sights and top attractions, the hardest decision is what to do first! Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colourful cities in the world, and rightly so. Where else could you find so many places of interest, famous museums, cosy pubs, unusual shops and flower markets.

Perhaps you’ll choose to visit one of Amsterdam’s outstanding museums which include the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Rembrandt House Museum to name a few. You may also choose to visit the Van Gogh Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings, indulge in a spot of shopping or relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

At the time specified by your escort, you’ll re-join your coach for the return journey to Rotterdam.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Estimated journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 1½ hours, depending on traffic conditions. Please be advised that the excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees.

Best Of Amsterdam

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Journey to the capital of Holland, see the highlights and cruise the wonderful waterways.

Sit back and relax as a scenic drive takes you to the vibrant city of Amsterdam. During the journey you'll pass lowland countryside dotted with farms, canals and windmills; the perfect symbol of Holland's past.

Upon arrival in Amsterdam, a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the main highlights including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, and Central Railway Station. Of particular interest is the lovely 15th century Weeper’s Tower, one of the most famous of the city's collection of stunning towers and steeples.

A stop will be made in the city centre to allow you to indulge in a spot of shopping, before re-joining your group for a delicious three course lunch at a local restaurant.

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a canal cruise, so what better way to complete your tour! Containing more than 60 miles of waterways, the city has more canals and bridges than Venice; this is one of the best ways to become acquainted with its waterside scenery. From your glass-topped motor-launch, you’ll see the fine old houses of the city's rich Dutch traders, picturesque houseboats, Anne Frank's House, and many other attractions to capture on camera.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. Estimated journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 1½ hours, depending on traffic. Limited restroom facilities are available on the canal boat. There are steep steps to access the canal boat. The free time in the city is approximately 1 hour depending upon local traffic conditions on the day.

Delfts Blue

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

The city of Delft is famed for its blue porcelain; this tour gives you the opportunity to visit the fantastic Royal Delft factory.

A scenic drive will take you into the delightful city of Delft. Best known for its Delft Blue pottery, Delft is also the birthplace of the painter, Vermeer, and the site of William of Orange's assassination.

Join your guide for a short walk through the narrow streets of this unspoiled town boasting charming gabled houses, canals and cobbled streets. Arriving at the Market Square, a stop will be made at a local café where you can relax with refreshments of coffee or tea, before some free time to shop for the perfect souvenir.

The highlight of your tour will be a visit to The Delft Factory. The factory painstakingly creates its famed earthenware using the same methods employed since the factory’s founding in 1653. During a tour of the factory watch the artists at work as they lovingly hand paint each piece.

You’ll have the opportunity to browse the factory store, before the return drive.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets.

Introduction To Amsterdam

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Journey to the capital of Holland, check out the wooden clogs and cruise the famous waterways.

Upon arrival in the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, embark on a panoramic city drive, passing by some of the main highlights including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, and the Central Railway Station. Have your cameras ready to capture photos of the pretty 15th century Weeper’s Tower, which out of the city's collection of stunning towers and steeples, is one of the most famous.

A highlight of your tour will be a leisurely canal cruise, through the city’s unique UNESCO World Heritage district. As you relax on board your glass-topped motor-launch, you’ll pass charming gabled houses, beautiful churches and Anne Franks House.

Complete your visit to Amsterdam with around 2 hours of free time to explore independently and purchase lunch.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. Estimated journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 1½ hours depending on traffic. Limited restroom facilities are available on the canal boat. There are steep steps to access the canal boat. This excursion does not include meals to allow for maximum flexibility. The free time in the city is approximately 2 hours depending upon local traffic conditions on the day.

Kinderdijk Windmills

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Windmills and wooden shoes symbolise the Netherlands; visit Kinderdijk, and see the original windmills.

Your scenic drive will take you through Rotterdam’s outskirts to travel through Dutch Polderland, laced with canals and dotted with farms, to nearby Kinderdijk.

Kinderdijk is home to 19 original windmills dating back to 1740, many of which are still in working order. These mills are the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands and one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. Take the opportunity to explore the site, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. During your visit one of the mill owners will conduct a tour of the interior of a working windmill.

Continue to Delfhaven, one of Rotterdam’s oldest and best-preserved districts. Officially Delfshaven has only been part of Rotterdam for a little over 100 years. Dating back to the 14th century, it was from here that the pilgrim fathers set out on their epic journey to America in 1620. A brief stop will be made to capture photos, before the return journey to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets. There are steep steps inside the windmill.

 

A selection of cruises to Rotterdam

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