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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.

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.

Discover Gouda

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a guided walking tour and some free time in the charming city of Gouda.

Sit back and relax as a scenic journey takes you to Gouda, the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Although Gouda is best known for its delicious cheese, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that it has much more to offer, including one of the most beautiful historic city centres in Holland, boasting beautiful buildings, ancient canals and charming shops.

Upon arrival, join your knowledgeable guide as they lead you on a guided walking tour along the charming cobblestoned streets. A short stop will be made to admire the exterior of St John’s Church, before continuing into the city centre.

Pause at the Market Square, where you’ll see the oldest Gothic Town Hall in Holland, parts of which date back to the 15th century. Located opposite is the Weighing House, built in a neo-Classical style and dating back to 1688. Today it’s a cheese and artisanal crafts museum that showcases the history of the place and the products that used to be weighed and traded here. After an independent visit of the Weighing House, enjoy some free time to further explore Gouda’s city centre, before the return drive to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour as well as a few steps to negotiate. Further walking is at guests’ discretion during the free time. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Discover Gouda

Introduction to Amsterdam

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Head to Amsterdam and to enjoy a canal boat ride and some free time to explore at your leisure.

Upon arrival in the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, you’ll take a short walk to the canal boat pontoon where your glass-topped motor-launch awaits. As you relax on board, you’ll pass by charming gabled houses, beautiful churches, Anne Frank’s House and all the way through to the city’s unique UNESCO World Heritage district.

Afterwards, complete your visit to Amsterdam with around 2 hours of free time to explore independently and purchase some lunch if you wish.

At the designated meeting time and place, you’ll re-join your guide and coach for the return drive to Rotterdam.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. The journey to Amsterdam is approximately 1½ hours each way.There are steep steps to access the canal boat and limited restroom facilities on board. 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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