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Rotterdam

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Rotterdam Harbor Tour

1. Rotterdam Harbor Tour

Explore one of the world's most innovative ports on this 75-minute tour. See the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, and admire Rotterdam's impressive skyline as its imposing buildings glide by. Get a unique perspective of the harbor's shipyards, docks and the hypermodern transshipping of thousands of containers. Last but not least, the tour will end with views of the steamship 'Rotterdam', the former cruise flagship of shipping company Holland America Line.

Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit Rotterdam Zoo and see fascinating animals that feel perfectly at home in specially-imitated natural landscapes. Avoid the long lines and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful zoos. Rotterdam Zoo supports a number of conservation projects in the wild and actively participates in many breeding programmes for endangered species and is one of the international top ten of zoos in this field. Dive into Oceanium and take a magical voyage over the bottom of the sea and along coastal regions, meeting many marine and coastal inhabitants such as fish (from herring to sharks), puffins, snakes and a large group of king penguins. Discover beautiful butterfly paradise Amazonica where you'll experience tropical temperatures, fragrant flowers, thousands of colorful South American butterflies, the awesome anaconda and greedy piranhas.  In Africa, an exciting path takes you safely past a group of large crocodiles! Once you’re at the top of the path, stand eye to eye with the giraffes. At a safe altitude, admire the other inhabitants of the new savanna such as hyenas, kudus, ostriches and zebras. On the African Gorilla Island, you will be delighted by Bokito’s playful gorilla family. ...and much more! On top of these experiences, see a rare species of forest giraffe, take a voyage through Asian marshes, and discover the Ice Cave for a magnificent view of polar bears.

Rotterdam: Guided Maas River Cruise

3. Rotterdam: Guided Maas River Cruise

Enjoy a cruise on the Nieuwe Meuse river and admire the sites from the sea. See another side of Rotterdam as you marvel at the Kop van Zuid, the White House, and many more. After meeting with your guide at the pier, board your boat for a cruise on the Nieuwe Meuse river. This experience will see you pass along all of the highlights of Rotterdam. Enjoy 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. 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. You also have the option to include a cup of coffee and sweet cake when booking. At the conclusion of your sightseeing experience, you'll return to your tour starting point.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

4. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a round trip 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.

Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

5. 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.

Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

6. Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

The Euromast is Rotterdam's icon. At 600-feet high, it’s the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and an essential part of the skyline of the city. Discover amazing stories about the city using our Magnicity app. Take incredible photos and marvel at the unique view of Rotterdam. When the weather allows it you can see up to 18 miles in the distance and at night you can see the stars come to life. Enjoy your visit to Euromast for a brunch, lunch, dinner, high tea, or high wine at 300 feet high in the brasserie. In the coffee corner on the ground floor, you’ll find some the best coffee in Rotterdam. You can also enjoy fresh pastries, a warm panini, or a wrap. Get an adrenaline rush by adding a ticket to the Euroscoop. Enjoy dizzying views of Rotterdam from a rotating elevator 185 meters in the air on the outside of the Euromast.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise on a Historic Ship

7. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise on a Historic Ship

The captain welcomes you on board for an extended cruise through the ports where cargo giants, ferries, cruise ships, and tugboats are home. Experience the activity on the Maas and see the modern architecture from the other side. The best way to discover Rotterdam. Along the way see the Erasmus Bridge, Veerhaven, Parkhaven, Euromast, Schiedam, Waalhaven, the former R(otterdam) D(roogdok) M(aatschappij), Eemhaven, ss Rotterdam, and the old hotel New York. During the tour, the audiovisual guide provides information about all the sights in Dutch, English, and German. The Dutch explanation is especially in the Rotterdam dialect, so you also learn the words of Rotterdam. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the sun deck. Onboard is a bar where drinks and snacks are available.

Rotterdam: Pancake Cruise

8. Rotterdam: Pancake Cruise

In a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy a mixture of sightseeing and culinary adventure with this pancake cruise along the waterways of Rotterdam. Feast on freshly baked natural, apple and bacon pancakes and a plethora of garnishes such as cheese, ham, fruits, jams and eggs. How many pancakes can you eat in-75 minutes? You'll find out on this tour.  For the younger guests, there is a large playroom filled with balls in the hold of the boat. Also colouring pictures and colour pencils. Plenty of fun is to be had for people of all ages. As you sail across the Rotterdam waters, you will have a beautiful view over the impressive skyline. From the water you can not miss the famous and bold architecture of Rotterdam’s large buildings!

Rotterdam: 1-Hour Sightseeing Splash Tour

9. Rotterdam: 1-Hour Sightseeing Splash Tour

Take a tour of the city to see the most exceptional and beautiful places in Rotterdam, followed by a thrilling splash — a spectacular dive into the Maas River. Suddenly the bus turns into a seaworthy vessel, sailing down the river with spectacular views of the city skyline.  Board the amphibious bus in the center of Rotterdam and enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing tour that takes you past the city’s highlights. Learn about the history of this port town from your expert guide, or through the multilingual audio commentary available on board.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

10. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

See the best of Holland on a day-long tour that includes a visit to Rotterdam, and the old port with its charming yellow houses. Take a river cruise, visit the food market, stop in Delft and tour The Hague. Begin your tour with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour, drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. Embark on an amazing 1-hour river cruise and then visit the famous food market. Continue on to Delft for lunch (not included) and a visit to the Royal Delft Manufactory, the last remaining Dutch ceramic factory from the 17th century. Take a city tour of The Hague, where you will see the beautiful Houses of Parliament, the working palace of the Dutch king, and the Peace Palace. The last stop, before heading back to Amsterdam, will be at the miniature town Madurodam.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Rotterdam?

    You could spend a good two to three days visiting Rotterdam's attractions, but don't forget to explore its neighborhoods, such as Laurenskwartier and Delfshaven. Tack on a few extra days and use Rotterdam as a base; the cities of Delft and The Hague are within easy reach by train. You could go further and rent a bike for a day-trip to Kinderdijk, with its string of windmills along the canals in the countryside.

  • Getting around

    The central district is easy to explore by foot, but there's also a network of buses, trams and metro. Alternatively, you could rent a bike to get from point A to point B. After all, you're in the Netherlands.

  • Where to stay in Rotterdam

    The Centrum (central district) is your best bet. You'll be close to all the sightseeing you want to do in Rotterdam and have easy access to public transportation.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    The best weather can be found in spring and summer, but you'll need your umbrella, as it can rain year-round in Rotterdam. There are more crowds in the summer, but the weather is great for strolling outdoors, taking in the sights.

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What people are saying about Rotterdam

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,898 reviews

Fabulous tour and tour guide (Adrian and driver Ryan). We enjoyed every stop, and the time allotted was perfect in most cases. The double decker bus was comfortable, and Adian did a great job of getting everyone to be timely. We had originally booked a small group tour (through another company) that canceled for lack of participants). We were so lucky to find this tour at the last minute. It was almost half the price and twice as many inclusions. We didn't even realize there was a wonderful and delicious pancake cruise at the end in Rotterdam. This excursion was a highlight of our trip. We did not mind that the excursion lasted almost 11 hours; it was time well spent.

A great way to see Rotterdam habour and the industry that it supports. The tour itself gives a mixture of the normal tourist attractions (like a short description of the Euromast that you can see from the water) but also some of the major container handling facilities that support a large part of business in Rotterdam.

An excellent tour guide plus a great experience of some Dutch cities. A lot to explore amd to do in one package, already figured out by the experts.

Definitely worth seeing - magical, fun and vibrant. Be cautious if you have photosensitivity.

Starting difficulties when activating, but then great