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 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

  • Rijksmuseum & Rembrandts House

    Enjoy visits to the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt House Museum - the perfect tour for art lovers.

    Rijksmuseum & Rembrandts House

    A journey of around 1½ hours takes you into the city of Amsterdam, to one of the world’s largest and most interesting art museums, the Rijksmuseum. Founded in 1800, the museum was closed between 2003 and 2013 during which it underwent a complete transformation of both the building and the presentation of its collection. The Rijksmuseum opened its doors again in April 2013, allowing visitors to once again view its unparalleled collection dedicated to history and the arts.

    Upon arrival, you’ll be split into smaller groups and provided with headsets, before following your specialist guide as they lead you on a guided tour of the museum, pausing at some of the highlight collections. You’ll then have around one hour of free time to explore further.

    Continue to the Art Quarter, for free time to purchase luncheon, before heading to the Rembrandt House Museum. For 20 years the Netherlands' greatest artist lived and worked in this impressive building in the heart of Amsterdam, which is now a museum. Lovingly restored to its former 17th century glory, the museum showcases furniture, art and objects from that time.

    As you visit independently with the assistance of an audio guide, pass through the rooms where Rembrandt worked. The house boasts an almost complete collection of Rembrandt etchings and stages inspiring exhibitions about Rembrandt, his predecessors, contemporaries and pupils.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate. Further walking is at guests’ discretion during free time. The maximum group size per guide inside the Rijksmuseum will be no larger than 20 guests. Flash photography is not permitted inside the museums.

    Tour code

    RTM_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Gouda Highlights

    Visit the city of Gouda and enjoy a guided walking tour, followed by some free time.

    Gouda Highlights

    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 historic 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. 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. Enjoy a visit inside the Church of St John and marvel at the beautiful stained glass windows, which portray the history of the diverse provinces of early Holland.

    Complete your visit with some free time to explore further, before the return journey to the ship.


    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.

    Tour code

    RTM_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Van Gogh & Amsterdam

    Discover the world’s largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh works, followed by some free time in the Art Quarter.

    Van Gogh & Amsterdam

    A scenic drive of around 1¾ hours takes you into the city of Amsterdam, where you’ll visit the Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to the works of Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries, in Amsterdam and the Netherlands.

    Upon arrival, you’ll be split into small groups and provided with headsets, before following your specialist guide as they lead you on a guided tour of the museum, allowing you to marvel at some of his most famous works.

    You’ll then have around one hour of free time to browse the exhibitions further, or visit the gift shop for Van Gogh literature or souvenirs.

    After your visit of the museum, you’ll have approximately two hours of free time in the Art Quarter of the city, to explore independently and purchase luncheon.

    After re-joining your group, complete your tour with a panoramic drive, passing some of the main highlights of Amsterdam, before the journey back to Rotterdam.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate. Further walking is at guests’ discretion during free time. The maximum group size per guide inside the Van Gogh Museum will be no larger than 15 guests. Photography is not permitted inside the Van Gogh Museum.

    Tour code

    RTM_022

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ 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

  • 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

  • Best Of Amsterdam

    Journey to the capital of Holland, see the highlights and cruise the wonderful waterways.

    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 panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the main highlights including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, and Central Railway Station. Of particular interest is the lovely 15th century Weeper’s Tower, one of the most famous of the city's collection of stunning towers and steeples.

    A stop will be made in the city centre to allow you to indulge in a spot of shopping, 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, Anne Frank's House, and many other attractions to capture on camera.


    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. Estimated journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 1½ hours, depending on traffic. Limited restroom facilities are available on the canal boat. There are steep steps to access the canal boat. The free time in the city is approximately one hour depending upon local traffic conditions on the day.

    Tour code

    RTM_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Introduction To Amsterdam

    Journey to the capital of Holland, check out the wooden clogs and cruise the famous waterways.

    Introduction To Amsterdam

    Upon arrival in the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, embark on a panoramic city drive, passing by some of the main highlights including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, and the Central Railway Station. Have your cameras ready to capture photographs of the pretty 15th century Weeper’s Tower, which out of the city's collection of stunning towers and steeples, is one of the most famous.

    A highlight of your tour will be a leisurely canal cruise, through the city’s unique UNESCO World Heritage district. As you relax on board your glass-topped motor-launch, you’ll pass charming gabled houses, beautiful churches and Anne Frank’s House.

    Complete your visit to Amsterdam with around two hours of free time to explore independently and purchase luncheon.


    This excursion will operate by coach, canal boat and on foot. Estimated journey time from Rotterdam to Amsterdam is 1½ hours depending on traffic. Limited restroom facilities are available on the canal boat. There are steep steps to access the canal boat. This excursion does not include meals to allow for maximum flexibility.

    Tour code

    RTM_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 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