Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is an intriguing mix of the old and the new. The city's lineage is ancient - Count Willem III granted city rights to the sleepy fishing village on the Rotte in 1328, yet much of the city dates from the six decades following the end of World War II. An important industrial center and a major European port, Rotterdam was among the first targets of the Nazi blitzkrieg against the West. On May 14, 1940, the German Luftwaffe firebombed the city, Rotterdam was gutted. The post-war years saw a slow rebuilding but by the early 1960s the maze of port facilities extended all the way to the North Sea. Today, this city of over half a million is the economic powerhouse, not just of the Netherlands but of Northern Europe.

The Nazi bombardment of 1940 gutted most of the old city. As a result, Rotterdam's architecture is an intriguing mix of old and new: modern glass skyscrapers often stand adjacent to 19th- and 18th-century buildings.

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Points of Interest

  • Canal Boat Cruise
  • Delft
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • The Hague
  • Kinderdijk
  • Delfshaven
  • Keukenhof Tulip Festival
  • Royal Palace

More about Rotterdam, The Netherlands Points of Interest

  • Canal Boat Cruise

    A canal cruise takes you past the iconic symbols of Amsterdam, from windmills and 17th-century mansions, to carillon-crowned churches and warehouses, which line the canal banks.

  • Delft

    Delft enjoys a worldwide reputation due to its connection with Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. Relive its glorious past as you wander along canals, churches, mansions and courtyards.

  • Van Gogh Museum

    Located in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum features the works of the Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, and his contemporaries, with the largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.

  • The Hague

    The city boasts many monuments, great shopping, and is the political heart. The government of Holland is run from the historic Binnenhof and the King's office palace is also located near the heart of the city centre.

  • Kinderdijk

    Windmills are vanishing from the Dutch landscape. Kinderdijk is home to nineteen original windmills - many in working order. In 1997 the mills of Kinderdijk were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

  • Delfshaven

    Delfshaven is a historic harbour and one of the oldest places in Rotterdam. You will find many antique shops, the historic museum Rotterdam, shipyard De Delft and the famous Pilgrim Fathers Church in this area.

  • Keukenhof Tulip Festival

    Keukenhof also known as the Garden of Europe, is situated near Lisse, Netherlands, and is the world's largest flower garden.

  • Royal Palace

    Dominating Dam Square, the opulent Royal Palace has served a number of purposes since the mid-17th century. Built as the Town Hall, it is currently at the King's disposal for lavish ceremonies.

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The Hague, Madurodam & Mauritshuis Visit

6.5 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 1 2 0
  • The Hague

Explore The Hague and two premiere attractions on this culturally enriching full-day experience. Discover the wonderland of Madurodam, a recreational park where miniature replicas of Netherlands landmarks are on display. Then step inside the Mauritshuis, a museum displaying the finest examples of the Dutch Golden Age of painting.

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Best of Amsterdam & Rijksmuseum

8.75 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 1 4 1
  • Canal Boat Cruise

Join us on a captivating journey through the heart of Amsterdam, where the iconic canals intertwine with rich cultural heritage. This unique tour combines the tranquility of a canal boat cruise with the artistic marvels housed in the renowned Rijksmuseum, offering you a seamless blend of relaxation and cultural exploration.

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Time On Your Own

8 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 1 8 0
  • Canal Boat Cruise

By land and by waterway, Amsterdam is a city to behold. After a scenic drive to Amsterdamyou will board a glass-domed motorboat and cruise the city's famed canals photographing the graceful 17th century homes. Conclude the day with two hours of free time near the city centre before returning to port.

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Amsterdam On Your Own

8 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 1 8 5

Enjoy a day exploring Amsterdam on your own. Escorted by a guide on the transfer to Amsterdam, spend the day as you like; meals are on your own and entrance fees are not included. City maps are provided for your convenience.

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Amsterdam On Your Own (Wheelchair Accessible)

8 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 1 8 6

This departure is space set aside on lift-equipped vehicles for wheelchair accessible passengers - please be sure to read the Notes section of the tour description regarding requesting this space. For passengers accesible to a wheelchair, this tour is an ideal way to explore Amsterdam on your own. Your motorcoach is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Escorted by a guide on the transfer to Amsterdam, spend the day as you like; meals are on your own and entrance fees are not included. City maps are provided for your convenience.

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Delft & Royal Delft

4 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 2 0 0
  • Delft

Enjoy a half-day exploration into Dutch history and craftsmanship. Pay a visit to Delft and the Royal Delft Factory, where spectacular ceramics have been produced for over three centuries.

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Rotterdam by Authentic Tram

2 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 2 1 5

Get to know The Netherlands' second-largest city in an introductory 90-minute tour aboard an authentic tram. The cordial storytelling-conductor will elaborate on architecture, history and funny stories as you pass main attractions like the Cube Houses, the Depot and Central Station, and Laurens Church, Rotterdam's only remaining late Gothic building.

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A Discovery Exclusive - A Hands on Experience: Delft Blue Workshop at Royal Factory

4.5 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 2 2 0
  • Delft

Witness the exquisite beauty of Delftware with a fascinating tour of one of the last remaining factory from the 17th century. After watching skilled artisans hand-paint each ceramic piece you can make your own Delft Blue tile followed by a visit to the gift shop.

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Easy Rotterdam

2.5 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 2 9 0
  • Delfshaven

This brief, narrated drive through Rotterdam is ideal for those who desire less walking. You'll take in many of its architectural wonders, including the Huis Sonneveld and the Cube Houses, and cap off your day with a voluntary walking tour of Delfshaven, one of Rotterdam's oldest and best-preserved districts.

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Rotterdam By Boats & Brews

4 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 3 0 0

Indulge in brews and views on a unique beer crawl through Rotterdam. During this fun experience you'll travel by water taxi and visit three breweries on foot, one of the most exciting ways to explore this city. Along the way, your guide will point out sites of interest and share local history.

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Walking Tour of Gouda & Cheese Farm

4.5 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 3 8 1

Did you know that creamy Gouda cheese accounts for more than half of the world's cheese consumption? Visit Hoogerwaard, a 17th century countryside farm, to learn the process of cheese making and savor three varieties. Then, stroll through historic Gouda City.

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Amsterdam & Time On Your Own with Dinner Cruise

8.25 hours | Rotterdam | R T M - 8 8 0
  • Canal Boat Cruise

Amsterdam's most treasured landmarks are revealed by canal on this comprehensive full-day tour that includes a leisurely dinner cruise along the famed waterways for picturesque views. Time for independent shopping is included.

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