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
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  • 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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Easy Rotterdam

2.5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-290
  • 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 New York Hotel, 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 Tuk-Tuk & The Markhal

1.5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-999

Enjoy a city tour with a fun twist aboard an eco-friendly tuk-tuk. Zip along the Maas and through Rotterdam's bustling streets. Then, stop and shop at the impressive Markthal, the country's first indoor market boasting over 17,000 square feet of food stands selling fresh fish, meat and vegetables.

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The Hague & Royal Delft Factory

4.5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-205
  • Delft
  • The Hague

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

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Windmills at Kinderdijk

4 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-210
  • Delfshaven
  • Kinderdijk

Witness the 19 original windmills of Kinderdijk, the perfect symbol of Holland's past Holland's. Also take in Delfshaven, one of Rotterdam's oldest and best-preserved districts.

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Amsterdam On Your Own (Wheelchair Accessible)

8 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-186

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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Amsterdam On Your Own

8 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-185

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 Canal Cruise & Time On Your Own

8 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-180
  • Canal Boat Cruise

By land and by waterway, Amsterdam is a city to behold. After a scenic drive to Amsterdam you will visit you 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 in Dam Square before returning to port.

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Keukenhof Tulip Festival

5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-360
  • Keukenhof Tulip Festival

Explore the Keukenhof Gardens, an extraordinary 77-acre park where over seven million tulips bloom annually from March through May. Inside the park you will also find a traditional windmill.

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Walking Tour of Gouda

4.5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-380

Take a bite out of the Netherlands with a walking tour of Gouda. Enjoy the history of one the world's oldest recorded cheeses and savor its soft, creamy texture at a tasting. Learn how it was traded years ago with a walking tour of the Markt, a centuries old piazza.

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The Hague, Madurodam & Mauritshuis Visit

6.5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-120
  • 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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A Discovery Exclusive - A Hands on Experience: Delft Blue Workshop at Royal Factory

4.5 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-220
  • 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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Scenic Amsterdam Cruise & Van Gogh Museum

9 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-140
  • Canal Boat Cruise
  • Van Gogh Museum

Discover Amsterdam by land and by canal on this full-day tour. Cruise the canals for views of colorful houseboats and 17th-century buildings. Then visit the Van Gogh Museum and end the day with independent exploration of Amsterdam's city centre.

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Rotterdam By Boats & Brews

4 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-300

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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Best of Amsterdam

9 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-100
  • Canal Boat Cruise
  • Van Gogh Museum

Spend a day exploring Amsterdam by land and by canal. Cruise along a canal, witnessing charming houseboats and typical 17th-century buildings. Visit the Van Gogh Museum which houses the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings. Cap off your day with a meal at a local restaurant.

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Amsterdam & Time On Your Own with Dinner Cruise

8 hours | Rotterdam | RTM-880
  • 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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