Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Approximately 2½ Hours
Meals not included
Board a motorcoach for a panoramic drive past Rotterdam's creative and modern architectural highlights. Watch for the brilliant white Weena office/apartment block in the business sector and for the Café Rotterdam, Schouwburgplein and Kop van Zuid.
You'll see Coolsingel -- the main street of the central area of Rotterdam on the right bank of the River Maas. At the near end of this wide street stands the Town Hall (Stadhuis), built between 1914 and 1920 in Dutch-Renaissance style. Catch a good view of the 607-foot-tall Euromast tower as you travel.
The city center also boasts pre-war architecture, such as the Van Nelle Factory -- one of the most important early-industrial buildings in the Netherlands -- and the Huis Sonneveld.
The innovative and adventurous period of building after World War II is expressed in such structures as the Groothandelsgebouw -- one of the first major buildings built after the bombing of Rotterdam. See the Kunsthal, the Luxor Theater and the Erasmus Bridge -- the latter is an almost-abstract combination of steel and concrete.
Take advantage of a photo stop at the Cube Houses, designed by Piet Blom in the '70s as a post-modern village. The complex is a visual treat that challenges architectural norms and makes you tilt your head!
Set out on a brief walk through Delfshaven -- a borough of Rotterdam on the right bank of River Nieuwe Maas. Delfshaven has officially only been part of Rotterdam for a little over 100 years, yet it was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers set out on their epic journey to America in 1620. It's also the birthplace of Piet Hein -- naval commander and folk hero, mathematician, scientist, inventor and poet.
Passing Euromast and Westerkade, you will stop at Veerhaven for a great view of the Hotel New York. As the centerpiece of the city's renovated docklands, this trendy hotel is housed in the Art Deco-style former headquarters of Holland America Line.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.