Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Approximately 9 Hours
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 historic 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.
End your tour with a transfer to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in time for your flight.
This option is available only to guests whose cruise ends in Rotterdam, with flights departing after 4pm. If you have already purchased an airport transfer with your cruise booking, a refund for the transfer will be processed on board the ship, as this excursion automatically includes a transfer. Tour does not operate on holidays.