Rotterdam cruises

Rotterdam does innovation and imagination like nowhere else. The Nazi bombardment gutted most, but not all, of the old city. As a result, modern glass skyscrapers stand next to 19th and 18th century buildings. So many modern masterpieces demand your camera’s attention, none more so than the extraordinary tilted Cube Houses. They are simply inspired.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • The Best of Amsterdam

    Journey to Amsterdam to discover the highlights and take a cruise along the wonderful waterways.

    The Best of Amsterdam

    Sit back and relax as a scenic drive takes you to the vibrant city of Amsterdam. During the journey you'll pass lowland countryside dotted with farms, canals and windmills; the perfect symbol of Holland's past.

    Upon arrival in Amsterdam, a guided walk will introduce you to some of the main highlights including Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk. You’ll also pass the famous floating Flower Market and the Mint Tower. A stop will be made in the city centre to enjoy around an hour of free time, before re-joining your group for a delicious three course luncheon at a local restaurant.

    No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without a canal cruise, so what better way to complete your tour. Containing more than 60 miles of waterways, the city has more canals and bridges than Venice; this is one of the best ways to become acquainted with its waterside scenery. From your glass-topped motor-launch, you’ll see the fine old houses of the city's rich Dutch traders, picturesque houseboats and Anne Frank's House, all to capture on camera.

    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. The journey to Amsterdam is approximately 1½ hours each way. This tour involves around 1½ hour of guided walking, the level of walking during free time is at the discretion of the guest. There are steep steps to access the canal boat and limited restroom facilities on board. The free time in the city is approximately one hour, depending upon local traffic conditions on the day. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    RTM_027

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Kinderdijk Windmills

    Windmills and wooden shoes symbolise the Netherlands; visit Kinderdijk, and see the original windmills.

    Kinderdijk Windmills

    Your scenic drive will take you through Rotterdam’s outskirts to travel through Dutch Polderland, laced with canals and dotted with farms, to nearby Kinderdijk.

    Kinderdijk is home to 19 original windmills dating back to 1740, many of which are still in working order. These mills are the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands and one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. Take the opportunity to explore the site, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. During your visit one of the mill owners will conduct a tour of the interior of a working windmill.

    Continue to Delfhaven, one of Rotterdam’s oldest and best-preserved districts. Officially Delfshaven has only been part of Rotterdam for a little over 100 years. Dating back to the 14th century, it was from here that the pilgrim fathers set out on their epic journey to America in 1620. A brief stop will be made to capture photographs, before the return journey to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets. There are steep steps inside the windmill.

    Tour code

    RTM_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Discover Gouda

    Enjoy a guided walking tour and some free time in the charming city of Gouda.

    Discover Gouda

    Sit back and relax as a scenic journey takes you to Gouda, the ‘green heart’ of Holland. Although Gouda is best known for its delicious cheese, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that it has much more to offer, including one of the most beautiful historic city centres in Holland, boasting beautiful buildings, ancient canals and charming shops.

    Upon arrival, join your knowledgeable guide as they lead you on a guided walking tour along the charming cobblestoned streets. A short stop will be made to admire the exterior of St John’s Church, before continuing into the city centre.

    Pause at the Market Square, where you’ll see the oldest Gothic Town Hall in Holland, parts of which date back to the 15th century. Located opposite is the Weighing House, built in a neo-Classical style and dating back to 1688. Today it’s a cheese and artisanal crafts museum that showcases the history of the place and the products that used to be weighed and traded here. After an independent visit of the Weighing House, enjoy some free time to further explore Gouda’s city centre, before the return drive to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour as well as a few steps to negotiate. Further walking is at guests’ discretion during the free time. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    RTM_028

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Amsterdam On Your Own

    Amsterdam is well worth a visit, famous for its gabled houses, canals with picturesque arched bridges and celebrated museums.

    Amsterdam On Your Own

    If you prefer to go it alone and explore independently at your own pace, then this is the tour for you. Your coach transfer will whisk you into the heart of Amsterdam, dropping you off close to the city centre.

    With approximately 4 hours ahead of you, to explore Amsterdam’s bustling sights and top attractions, the hardest decision is what to do first! Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colourful cities in the world, and rightly so. Where else could you find so many places of interest, famous museums, cosy pubs, unusual shops and flower markets.

    Perhaps you’ll choose to visit one of Amsterdam’s outstanding museums which include the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Rembrandt House Museum to name a few. You may also choose to visit the Van Gogh Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings, indulge in a spot of shopping or relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

    At the time specified by your escort, you’ll re-join your coach for the return journey to Rotterdam.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Estimated journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 1½ hours, depending on traffic conditions. Please be advised that the excursion is non-guided and exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees.

    Tour code

    RTM_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Delfts Blue

    The city of Delft is famed for its blue porcelain; this tour gives you the opportunity to visit the fantastic Royal Delft factory.

    Delfts Blue

    A scenic drive will take you into the delightful city of Delft. Best known for its Delft Blue pottery, Delft is also the birthplace of the painter, Vermeer, and the site of William of Orange's assassination.

    Join your guide for a short walk through the narrow streets of this unspoiled town which boasts charming gabled houses, canals and cobbled streets. Arriving at the Market Square, a stop will be made at a local café where you can relax with refreshments of coffee or tea, before some free time to shop for the perfect souvenir.

    The highlight of your tour will be a visit to The Delft Factory. The factory painstakingly creates its famed earthenware using the same methods employed since the factory’s founding in 1653. During a tour of the factory, watch the artists at work as they lovingly hand paint each piece.

    You’ll have the opportunity to browse the factory store, before the return drive.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets.

    Tour code

    RTM_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Leisurely Rotterdam

    Visit a selection of the best sights emulating the Rotterdam of old, including the 14th century Delfshaven.

    Leisurely Rotterdam

    Your scenic drive takes you past the former Van Nelle factory and the Weena building, a brilliant white block of offices and apartments in Hofplein, the city’s commercial centre. You’ll also view the Cube Houses and Mevlana Mosque, Rotterdam's largest mosque, before driving down Coolsingel, the city’s major commercial thoroughfare, passing the town hall and local landmarks.

    This picturesque port of Delfshaven is a borough of Rotterdam located on the right bank of the river Nieuwe Maas. Boasting a carefully preserved historic centre that dates from the 14th century, it is treasured for its famous windmills, museums and fine merchant warehouses. During a short guided walk, discover a town that is full of character, where you can really get a feel for the way life was in the past. Delfshaven is the birthplace of Erasmus and the port of departure for America’s ‘Pilgrim Fathers’.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately half an hour's walking on this tour over some cobblestoned streets.

    Tour code

    RTM_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Hague & Delft

    Visit The Hague, seat of the Dutch Government and Royal Delft, where ceramics have been produced for over three centuries.

    The Hague & Delft

    Drive through the often-unseen, quieter side of Holland’s villages to the 17th century city of Delft, famous for the Delft Blue Pottery and the birthplace of the famous Dutch painter, Vermeer. Upon arrival, join your guide for a short walk through the narrow streets of this charming, 17th-century city of canals, cobbled alleys and gabled houses.

    Others may turn to mass production, but the Delft Factory painstakingly creates its famed earthenware using the same methods employed since the factory’s founding in 1653. Enjoy a guided tour of the factory and watch artists demonstrate the hand painting that makes each piece of Delft a work of art. And of course, no trip to Delft would be complete without an opportunity to shop at the Delft Factory store.

    Your tour continues to The Hague, seat of the Dutch Government, where during a panoramic drive you’ll pass some of the main sights including the spectacular Peace Palace, where the International Court of Justice is situated. Experience this aristocratic city with large squares, broad streets, imposing buildings, fine mansions and palatial embassies.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately half an hour of walking on this tour and the streets in Delft are uneven and cobblestoned.

    Tour code

    RTM_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Introduction to Amsterdam

    Head to Amsterdam and to enjoy a canal boat ride and some free time to explore at your leisure.

    Introduction to Amsterdam

    Upon arrival in the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, you’ll take a short walk to the canal boat pontoon where your glass-topped motor-launch awaits. As you relax on board, you’ll pass by charming gabled houses, beautiful churches, Anne Frank’s House and all the way through to the city’s unique UNESCO World Heritage district.

    Afterwards, complete your visit to Amsterdam with around two hours of free time to explore independently and purchase some luncheon if you wish.

    At the designated meeting time and place, you’ll re-join your guide and coach for the return drive to Rotterdam.

    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. The journey to Amsterdam is approximately 1½ hours each way.There are steep steps to access the canal boat and limited restroom facilities on board. This excursion does not include meals, to allow for maximum flexibility. The free time in the city is approximately two hours depending upon local traffic conditions on the day.

    Tour code

    RTM_026

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours