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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.

Delft: Canal Cruise with Guided Commentary

2. Delft: Canal Cruise with Guided Commentary

Get to know Delft in the best way possible by exploring its centuries-old system of canals. Find about one of the most important cities in Dutch 17th-century history, and admire its picturesque buildings and canal houses. During your cruise, see many of the city's highlights and hear about their history from an experienced team of captains and guides. Learn about the city's patriotic history, the old town center, Delft Blue, Johannes Vermeer, the East-Indian Trading Company, and much more.

From Leiden City: Kaag Lakes Windmill Cruise

3. From Leiden City: Kaag Lakes Windmill Cruise

Embark on a scenic boat cruise on the Kaag Lakes from Leiden and discover the beautiful landscape, known for its shallow lakes, islands, polders, and many windmills. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the views and get to know the Green Heart of Holland.  Sail from the historical city of 'Leiden' for a beautiful cruise through the Green Heart, characterized by shallow lakes and islands. The islands are polders and are still being drained by 18 restored polder mills in operation. Most of these mills can be seen during the cruise. This is Holland in its entirety: polders, cows, windmills, lakes, beautiful views and beautiful Dutch villages. The different areas within the Green Heart of Holland have their own character and appearance.  The captain informs you about all the sights during the trip and in good weather you can of course also enjoy the deck where you have a wide view of the surroundings. Drinks, snacks, and simple lunch items are available to purchase. 

Madurodam: Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

4. Madurodam: Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

Discover the highlights and heritage of Holland at Madurodam, world famous for its model village, the Netherlands in miniature. The park consists of 338 miniatures as well as flowers in bloom from April until October. Enjoy interactive activities and two playgrounds. Visit Little Amsterdam, have a look at the Parliament Building in The Hague, or see what a real Dutch cheese market looks like. Everything is built to a scale of 1:25 including miniature trains, boats, and cars that move around. Visit the indoor attractions to find out more about Holland’s rich history. Hear about the Dutch’s ability to transform water into land. Experience the waters threatening the Netherlands in the Waterwolf and help the steam engine keep Holland dry.

Scheveningen, The Hague: Sea Life Entry Ticket

5. Scheveningen, The Hague: Sea Life Entry Ticket

Take a fascinating journey from Dutch rivers to the ocean depth through 15 themed zones. Come nose-to-nose with incredible seahorses, rays, sharks, and hundreds of tropical fish. Meet the playful otters and penguins. With fun talks and animal feeding sessions, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy at Sea Life Scheveningen. Sea Life is open daily from 10:00 AM, closed Christmas Day. Last entry is one hour before closing.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

6. 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: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

7. 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

8. 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.

The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

9. The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

Indulge the art-lover in you at the Mauritshuis, home to the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Explore one of the most iconic buildings in the Hague, located next to the Parliament. Look out of its windows for a view of the pond.  Discover the art museum's compact, yet world-renowned collection. See more than 200 masterpieces such as Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp" by Rembrandt, "The Goldfinch" by Fabritius, and "The Bull" by Potter on permanent display. Appreciate the collection's rich variety, with genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, and portraits by Rubens. Admire the 17th-century monument's historic yet intimate interior, with its silken wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers, and monumental painted ceilings. Stay as long as you wish and visit the museum at your own pace. Allow around 1.5 hours, which is the average visit duration. Visit the restaurant and coffee shop, purchase some souvenirs, or visit the temporary exhibition. The current Facelifts & Make-overs exhibition tells the story of paintings that have been treated in the Mauritshuis over the past 25 years. What do you do if a painting is damaged by woodworm? Why was something added to a painting by Frans Hals for no apparent reason? And what dilemma does a conservator face if an extra figure suddenly reappears in a picture? Learn all about making the lower layers of paintings visible (sometimes revealing a completely different composition underneath) and the development of ‘craquelure’ (those fine cracks in the paint of old paintings). Find out how ‘dendrochronology’ (a technique for dating wood by studying the annual growth rings in tree trunks).

The Hague: Classic Cars Louwman Museum Entry

10. The Hague: Classic Cars Louwman Museum Entry

The Louwman Museum is home to the world’s oldest private collection of motor cars, compiled by two generations of the Louwman family. The museum dates back to 1934 and now comprises over two hundred and fifty antique and classic motor cars. Experts regard the collection as one of the most beautiful in the world. The museum exudes passion. Each car has its own story to tell, its own contribution to history. The motor car is a mirror of culture. The collection is housed in a purpose-built museum in The Hague, the city where P.W. Louwman established his Dodge and Chrysler import company. The building, designed by American architect Michael Graves, blends in sympathetically with its historic surroundings. The landscape gardens, designed by Lodewijk Baljon, complement the architecture of the building.

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4.5 / 5

based on 705 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.

Beautiful garden, skip-the-line ticket was very useful as there were very long queues at the entrance.

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

Excellent place such fun activities for both kids and adults