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Rotterdam: Kinderdijk Windmill Village Entry Ticket

1. Rotterdam: Kinderdijk Windmill Village Entry Ticket

Explore the windmill village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See museum mills and a pumping station, then glide across the polders on a tour boat. Journey back through time to a world of old Dutch windmills. Stroll through the centuries-old buildings of a delightful village, and see fascinating exhibits from different historical eras. Visit three museum mills, open-air displays, and a pumping station. There's also an interactive scavenger hunt for kids, a multi-screen film, and an app to make the most of your visit. Then, clamber aboard one of the inclusive tour boats. Glide across the polder waters as the many windmills of the village drift past.

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Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

2. Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

See Rotterdam from a local perspective, traveling the cycle friendly streets by bike. Join an enthusiastic guide on a tour of Rotterdam’s old and new landmarks, and learn practically everything you need to know about the city and why it is so unique. Available as a group or private option, all tours start from the striking new Rotterdam Centraal Station, completed in 2014 after a decade-long reconstruction. See the imposing City Hall (Stadhuis), and the dramatic new Markthal (Market Hall). Go into the Kop van Zuid district on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas. Marvel at some of the new developments of the old port area, along with landmark buildings such as the Hotel New York in the former headquarters of Holland America. Admire the Erasmusbridge that connects the north and south of the city, cycle through 2 beautiful parks, and pass some of the city’s most important museums. Stop for a coffee break at a unique location. Get a better idea of the layout of the city, improving your experience when walking or cycling here during the rest of your stay.

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Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise and 3-Course Meal

3. Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise and 3-Course Meal

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary from a local expert guide. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past renowned landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river and pass by the White House, Willems Bridge, the city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks to feel the cool river breeze and see the city from many vantage points, providing perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam — a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the river cruise you will eat at de Zwarte Zwaan, next to the departure location of the cruise. You may choose a starter, main course, and dessert from the menu, with a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian options to choose from.

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Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

4. Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

Join an enthusiastic tour guide who will tell you all about the places visited and their unique stories. The tour starts in Katendrecht, from where you explore Fenix 1 and Deliplein. Then, walk over the Wilhelminapier, where you can admire views of the city's skyline. Cross the river with a water taxi, passing under the de Erasmusbrug Bridge. The water taxi brings you to the old harbor, where you will start a guided walk around the spot where Rotterdam originated. Here you will visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis, the oldest skyscraper in the world, where you have an amazing 360-degree view over the city. Next, see the famous Cube Houses, before visiting the Markthal. Here, the tour guide will tell you about the archaeological treasures found right at this spot. Experience the elevated walkway with the best view of the art ceiling, see the Horn of Plenty, and join a "meet and taste" with an entrepreneur who will treat you to a small bite to eat.

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Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

5. Rotterdam: Steamship Rotterdam Audio Tour Entry Ticket

Take a journey into the past and roam the decks above and under the water line like the world traveller you are. Expect to be dazzled by the stylish decorated rooms before taking time to unwind on the ship's impressive bow. The Steamship Rotterdam is the biggest oceanliner ever built in the Netherlands. As the former flagship of the Holland-America Line, this ship has sailed many of the world’s seas since 1959. The ship is now moored permanently in the Maashaven in Rotterdam, by Katendrecht. Look across the monumental bow, watch the heavy windlasses, climb up the towering bridge, check out the chart room, the radio room and visit the original captain’s cabin. Explore the glorious past and follow in the footsteps of emigrants and world travellers by taking the Rotterdam Complete Tour, the Seabreeze Deluxe Tour or the Steam and Chrome Tour.

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Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Guide

6. Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Guide

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a boat cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. The boat will pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Spot the container ships if you are lucky. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and the Hotel New York where the Holland America Line used to be housed. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam, as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge.

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Rotterdam: 2-Hour Harbor Cruise

7. Rotterdam: 2-Hour Harbor Cruise

Explore Rotterdam from the water on a 2-hour cruise that takes you from the heart of the city and shows you the workings of Rotterdam Harbor. See famous bridges and buildings as your English-speaking guide provides fascinating commentary. Enjoy the sightseeing highlights of this tour, passing several bridges and numerous ships. See the container ships, cranes, and ferries that are central to the life of this busy harbor. Take photos of the beautiful sights along the way.

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Rotterdam: 75-Minute Segway Tour

8. Rotterdam: 75-Minute Segway Tour

Discover the best of Rotterdam on a guided Segway tour. Navigate the charming streets of Scheepvaartkwartier, and enjoy insightful commentary from your local guide. Before the tour starts, get kitted out with the necessary equipment and get a quick safety briefing on how to use the vehicles. After 15 minutes, set out on your journey of exploration. Start at the monumental Park near the Euromast. Here, get used to riding your Segway and admire the beauty of the park. Later, glide through the Scheepvaartkwartier and admire the area's old buildings. From the Scheepvaartkwartier, head into Rotterdam city center and ride along the iconic Erasmusbrug as you discover the contrasts between the old buildings and modern architecture.

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Rotterdam: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

9. Rotterdam: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

This 2-hour guided walking tour takes you from the newly built Central Station, past architecturally iconic locations, and buildings such as The Timmerhuis, designed by the world-famous architects of OMA, and the Markthal, Europe's most unique and beautiful covered market. Your guide will expose you to the everyday life and history of the city. Meet your guide at Rotterdam's Central Station and learn about the Town Hall, St. Lawrence Church, and Europe's first high-rise building. Hear about what happened during the World War II bombing and why the wealth of modern architecture is so abundant in Rotterdam. Next, your guide will take you to see the city's modern structures. Admire the impressive new Markthal, the renowned Cube Houses, and the Erasmus Bridge. Keep walking through beautiful shopping streets and experience the modern Rotterdam lifestyle. As you go along, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the city you may have.

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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

10. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour will begin as you depart from Amsterdam on your coach and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. After a short city tour, the first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. You will see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise you will continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Markethall and Cube Houses.  The next stop is the picturesque city of Delft, which is the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. You will also visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, you will head to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family, and is the third largest city in the country. The Hague is where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Rotterdam

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4.5 / 5

based on 446 reviews

Very interesting tour with guides on each point of interest (English speaking). A boat shuttle system will take you to visit the 3 mills (every 1/2 hour). A fun film with French subtitles will explain the life of the millers and the system that allowed Holland to avoid flooding.

It was fantastic. Millers/women were in traditional costume. Toilets everywhere. Good explanation, good guidance.

What a fantastic experience. The Netherlands is rich with this piece of heritage.

Something else. Highly recommended! Well organized! Very competent and friendly!

Great facility, very informative. Friendly people.