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

1. 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: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

2. Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary and an entrance ticket to the popular Euromast viewing tower. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past such renown landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river an pass by the White House, the Willems Bridge, city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide as they tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightsee in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

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Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

3. Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a harbor 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. Pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Keep an eye out for the massive container ships. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and Hotel New York. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up the glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

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Rotterdam: 90-Minute Harbor Cruise with Live Guide

4. 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

5. 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: Maas River 1.5-Hour Cruise and 3-Course Meal

6. Rotterdam: Maas River 1.5-Hour Cruise and 3-Course Meal

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. After the river cruise, enjoy a tasty 3-course dinner in restaurant de Zwarte Zwaan, next to the departure location of the cruise. Choose a starter, main course, and dessert from the menu. There is a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian options.

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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

7. 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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Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise

8. Rotterdam: 1-Hour River Cruise

After meeting with your guide at the pier, board your boat for an approximately 1-hour cruise on the Maas River. This experience will see you pass along all of the highlights of Rotterdam. You will receive beautiful views over the impressive skyline and the various ports, as your enthusiastic guide tells you about all the ins and outs of the sailing route throughout your journey. You'll sail past the famous SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, the Hotel New York, the White House, the Willems Bridge, and the Euromast, as well as other more special places that you should not miss. You can find a cozy inside place inside the salon as you travel, or instead opt to sit outside on the sun deck. Onboard is a bar where drinks and snacks are available, and at the conclusion of your sightseeing experience you'll return to your tour starting point.

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Rotterdam: Keukenhoftour, Harbor Cruise and Euromast Tour

9. Rotterdam: Keukenhoftour, Harbor Cruise and Euromast Tour

After a panoramic ride from Rotterdam to the bulb flower area around Lisse, you will start your tour by taking a scenic ride through this area. Depending upon the season, you will see a landscape consisting of colorful bulb flower carpets in almost every color you could imagine. Afterwards, you will continue to the Keukenhof. Once a mere kitchen garden filled with vegetables and herbs, it now has the distinction of being the world’s largest flower garden, hosting 1 million visitors per year. You can let an experienced guided take you through the 15 kilometers of footpaths and 32 hectares of gardens, where millions of bulbs are planted each year. Afterwards, you can enjoy a few hours of free time to wander through the park and discover everything the Keukenhof Gardens have to offer on your own. After returning to Rotterdam, you will be issued your tickets for the Spido Harbour Cruise and the famous Euromast. You will then sail onboard a modern vessel for 75 minutes, seeing the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, and admiring Rotterdam's impressive skyline. Finally, your cruise tour will end with views of the steamship "Rotterdam", the former cruise flagship of the shipping company Holland America Line. Finally, you will experience the Euromast. At 185 meters high, it’s the highest watchtower in the Netherlands, and an essential part of the skyline of the city. You can listen to amazing stories about the city as you make your way to the top of the glass elevator, and when the weather allows it, you can see up to 30 kilometers.

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Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

10. Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Rotterdam will start at your hotel, (river)cruise ship or if you travel to Rotterdam from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. Enjoy a 3-hour private walking tour of the beautiful city of Rotterdam and discover how the destruction of World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and to Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. See one of the most fascinating projects in post-war Rotterdam, the captivating cubic houses of famed architect Blom. Blom considered his designs as an abstract tree and the entire 38-cube complex as a dense urban forest, and his imaginative architectural approach is one of the highlights of this tour. Continue your walk through Rotterdam's old harbor and pass the central shopping area. A part of the shopping area is below ground and was nicknamed ‘the sales gutter”. See the few historic building that survived the war: the post office, townhall and Laurens Church. Another highlight is the impressive Market hall, which is the first covered market in the Netherlands. It is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This iconic fresh market opened for business on 1 October 2014, after five years of construction. Come and see yourself why Rotterdam has been chosen in 2015 by Lonely Planet as one of the must-see places in the world. After a few hours of walking and exploring, relax yourself on a cruise ship as your enjoy a 75-minute cruise along the lovely Rotterdam harbor.

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What people are saying about Rotterdam

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 604 reviews

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

We had a combination ticket of the cruise first followed by the euromast. We just missed the boat at 12:30 but without issues we could change to the 2 pm cruise. Both attractions were worth it.

I really liked it especially in the tower, it was great. And during the cruise I liked the walk but I didn't have a place to sit down during the trip but otherwise everything was beautiful.

Fantastic staff, fun friendly and great service. The trip itself is second to none

Highly Recommended. Service on board was great and absolutely inexpensive.