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Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

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

2. 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

3. 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: 2-Hour Harbor Cruise

4. 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: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. 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

6. 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: Markthal Tour, Meet & Taste, and Het Witte Huis

7. Rotterdam: Markthal Tour, Meet & Taste, and Het Witte Huis

See and taste the Markthal in an original way with this 1-hour walking tour. Join an enthusiastic guide who will take you to the most interesting parts of the Markthal and explain all about this Rotterdam Foodwalhalla. Be amazed by fun facts you’ve never heard before and get a special look behind the scenes! Your tour will include the Timestairs in the Markthal, a unique architectural structure surrounded by archaeological treasures. Learn all about the elevated walkway and get the best view of the art on the ceiling, a spectacular work full of colors and details called “the Horn of Plenty”.  Finally, you’ll visit the underground Expedition, only accessible to market professionals and their vans. Complete your tour with a “meet and taste” with an entrepreneur on the market floor. Following your tour of the Markthall, visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis, the Oldest Skyscraper of the world, where you have a fantastic 360º view over the city and you can take the most beautiful pictures. At the end of the tour you can see the famous Cube Houses, your guide will give you a voucher for a discount for entrance to one of the Cube Houses.

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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

8. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

Depart Amsterdam and journey by bus to explore the seat of power in the Netherlands in the elegant city of The Hague, where highlights include the royal Noordeinde Palace and the government buildings of the Binnenhof. Continue to the Mauritshuis Museum, where art by Rembrandt and Vermeer is on display and then see the headquarters of the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. You then journey to Rotterdam, known for its innovative architecture. On arrival, look at The Man without a Heart sculpture by Ossip Zadkine, built to reflect on the destruction of the city during World War II. See the only medieval building still standing in the city, admire the interesting Cube Houses by Piet Blom and go to the old port area of Oude Haven. Marvel at the food on display in the historic Markthal and stroll along the banks of the River Meuse to get a panoramic view of the city's skyscrapers. Get some free time in Rotterdam for lunch and before making your way back to Amsterdam.

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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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Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

10. Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

Discover the beautiful countryside and the amazing city of Rotterdam on this one-day private tour from Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to visit the picturesque village of Kinderdijk and the amazing city of Rotterdam learning about the culture and history of the Netherlands that has influenced the innovation and architecture you will see on the tour.  Your day tour will begin when you are picked up from your accommodations in Amsterdam by your guide and driver. From Amsterdam, you will die into the countryside of the Netherlands and explore Kinderdijk, a village home of UNESCO World Heritage Site windmills which you will explore. You will also see the dykes and learn about their use in the Netherlands to deal with water. You will then go on a 1-hour boat tour of Kinderdijk to further explore the Dutch countryside with your guide. From Kinderdijk your tour will continue on to Rotterdam, the second city of the Netherlands. With your guide, you will explore both the old and new within the city and learn about how the city was shaped. The city boasts amazing examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands as well as historical landmarks. You will find many architectural sights throughout the city like Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge and the Town Hall of Rotterdam. After you have explored Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your accommodations in Amsterdam. 

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What people are saying about Rotterdam

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 446 reviews

Top notch it was really worth it! The boat trip in Rotterdam's harbor was memorable. The visit of Delft was just the right amount of touring and some time to ourselves. The Didn't do much in the Hague but at least went there. The day was full throughout. Our guide Willem did an excellent job with his maps and historical story-telling, which filled in alot of the blanks for me . Very well done and would recommend it.

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.

Awesome tour guide, knowledgeable, personable, very friendly and engaging. His friendly style was great and though his knowledge is extensive, he didn’t rush through and talk at us the whole time. I had a great evening.

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

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