Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise

Rotterdam, Netherlands

From USD 126.34

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the different facets of Rotterdam with a customizable itinerary on this half-day private walking tour that ends with a relaxing cruise. With the help of your personalized guide, admire the city’s modern architecture as well as the buildings that survived WWII. Wander around Museumpark, the Rotterdam Centrum and the Old Harbor dating back to the 14th century. Make sure to visit Piet Blom’s Cubic Houses before kicking back on a boat cruise along Rotterdam Harbor.
  • Witness the two sides of Rotterdam, before and after WWII
  • See the Cubic Houses, the old town hall and St Lauren’s Church, known as the Great Church of Rotterdam
  • Explore Museumpark, home to the Kunsthal museum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Enjoy a relaxing 75-minute Rotterdam Harbor cruise after your walking tour

What's Included

  • Private guide with commentary in your preferred language
  • 75-minute Rotterdam Harbor cruise
  • Hotel pickup when the hotel is in the city center
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off when the hotel is no in the city center
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Plein 1940
    Plein 1940, 3011 TK Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Zadkine statue plein 1940 or when we reveived a hotel name in downtown Rotterdam, at the lobby of your hotel.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Zadkine statue Plein 1940, near the Maritime Museum Rotterdam or your hotel in downtown Rotterdam. If we don't receive a Hotel name the meeting point will be railway station Central Rotterdam by the cloudlamp

What To Expect

A multi-faceted city with layers of history, Rotterdam is one of the most intriguing cities in the Netherlands. Get to know the city, from its reconstruction after World War II to its busy cargo port on this 4-hour private tour available in the morning and afternoon.

Meet your guide in central Rotterdam and discuss your preferred sites, as the exact itinerary of the 2.5- to 3-hour walking tour can be tailored to your interests. Some of the top attractions you should not miss include as follows:

In the borough of Rotterdam Centrum, stop by St Lauren’s Church, a 16th-century church that was heavily damaged in a 1940 bomb attack but has been restored to its former grandeur. Also known as the Great Church of Rotterdam, this is the city’s sole remaining medieval structure. Enjoy a spectacular view of the city from its spire.

Stroll through Museumpark, home to a number of museums including the Chabot Museum, the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Kunsthal museum and Villa Sonneveld.

Check out the Cubic Houses built by renowned architect Piet Blom. Step inside these unique high-density housing cubes, architectural projects of post-war Rotterdam, which are tilted on hexagonal poles.

Visit the Old Harbor (Oude Haven), Rotterdam’s historic harbor that dates back to the 14th century. Now a lively waterfront lined with fine restaurants and cafés, Old Harbor is ideal for an afternoon stroll.

After your walking tour, head to the Port of Rotterdam for your 75-minute cruise. Rest your feet and soak up the city skyline and views of the harbor shipyards, docks and shipping containers, as well as the Rotterdam steamship, the former cruise flagship of the shipping company Holland America Line.

Hear about the port’s history, which transformed Rotterdam into a major harbor city, eventually becoming the largest port in Europe (it was the world’s busiest until 2002 when until Singapore snagged the title, followed by Shanghai). Your tour ends back at the port.


Kijk-Kubus, Overblaak 70, 3011 MH Rotterdam The Netherlands

Admission Ticket Free

Kunsthal Rotterdam

Kunsthal Rotterdam, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam The Netherlands

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions
  • Good walking shoes recommended
  • Tour can be operated in English, French, German or Spanish; please advise your preferred tour language at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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22 reviews
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Great walking tour!
Flo_P, Sept 2022
We LOVED our walking tour of Rotterdam. Our guide, Niels, was brilliant - hugely knowledgable, entertaining and the time flew by as he walked and talked us through Rotterdam's rich history, fascinating culture, beautiful architecture, cool street art and pointed out a few places for us to visit too as well as some personal anecdotes.
I love history, so learning about...
Janae D, Mar 2018
I love history, so learning about Rotterdam and its rise from the aftermath of WW 2 was so intriguing to me. Be prepared, it's a lot of walking, but I'm so glad I did it!
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and...
Richard H, Aug 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and can't thank VIATOR enough for providing an extrordinary guide to show us Rotterdam and answer just about every question we had. Our guide, a true professional who at one point was one of the top Program Directors for a famed river cruise line, met us early at the Rotterdam train station, our starting point, and proceded to guide us through a city whose rebuilding after Nazi bombing flattened it in the invasion of 1940 is one of the architectural rebuilding miracles of post World War Two Europe. Anyone. visiting the Netherlands who fails to take an educational walking tour like this is missing one of the great experiences of being a tourist.
Our tour guide, Raphael, was very...
chersull_99, June 2017
Our tour guide, Raphael, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He waited for us in the rain as we were running late...we were very relieved to still find him there. Luckily our weather cleared up. He is a native of Rotterdam and was able to apply personal anecdotes from his own upbringing to make our tour even more interesting. After the crazy hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, Rotterdam is a nice change of pace, and architecture. Wide, spotlessly clean streets, very sleek and modern. We thoroughly enjoyed our time getting to know Rotterdam and Raphael. Hope to return someday!
Highly recommend walking tour and...
HenryT_C, Apr 2017
Highly recommend walking tour and harbor cruise with Viator's guide Jacob in Rotterdam. Grab your best walking shoes! We covered almost four miles. Jacob's English was perfect (of course he speaks five languages). His knowledge of Rotterdam was awesome and we saw many off the beaten path spots as well as the biggies. He paced the route perfectly for us and never failed to display humor and a pleasing personality. Our favorite port made even better with the tour by Jacob!
My tour-guide was knowledgeable...
Michael C, Jan 2017
My tour-guide was knowledgeable about history, architecture, etc. and personable. He tailored the walking tour around me. For example, he said many people were more interested in the markets, but when he saw I wasn't interested in shopping, he adjusted accordingly. The harbor cruise was a fitting end to the tour.
Was a good experience. Anthony was a...
Antonio C, Oct 2015
Was a good experience. Anthony was a very good professional with a perfect knowledge of the town and the infornation about it. Besides his high professional skills he was also a nice person. I absolutely recommend him as a tourist guide and wish him a very good luck.
This private tour was just...
Thomas W M, Sept 2015
This private tour was just excellent. Be aware that it is all walking except for the harbor ride at the end. Lots of information on how the city developed and the various cultures. The shopping mall was extremely impressive. Our guide was perfect. When I can get to her card, I will be sending her an appreciative note.
Anthony was very informative and...
Barbara G, July 2015
Anthony was very informative and gave us the history of the mostly modern city. The harbor cruise was a nice relaxing way to end the walking tour.
This tour was great fun. I enjoyed...
Wendy S, June 2015
This tour was great fun. I enjoyed the large amount of knowledge the guide had about the city and its archetecture. I would highly reccomend this tour to anyone.
Fascinating architectural walking...
Andrew F, June 2015
Fascinating architectural walking tour, and restful harbor tour was welcome after. Guide was very responsive, but could have initiated sharing more information.
The tour guide was excellent. It...
Helen M. J, May 2015
The tour guide was excellent. It was nice to see the remaining old and the new of Rotterdam. The harbour part of the tour was very good also but it would have been nice to see more of this. My husband enjoyed this part the most.
We were a little slow and missed out on...
nov255, Apr 2015
We were a little slow and missed out on the gardens. Otherwise everything was very good.
The tour was great! We had...
Lonnie L, Feb 2015
The tour was great! We had only one day in Rotterdam and this was an excellent way to learn about the city. Anthony was very knowledgeable and gave us a good overview of Rotterdam history and architecture. He was personable and professional and a wonderful tour guide! We highly recommend!
Wir hatten einen sehr freundlichen...
Viktor M, Aug 2017
Wir hatten einen sehr freundlichen Führer, der uns zügig, aber nicht zu schnell, mit Humor und einem beeindruckend umfangreichen Wissen nicht nur hinsichtlich der Stadt Rotterdam, sondern auch in Bezug auf die komplexen geschichtlichen Zusammenhänge in Europa ca 2,5 Stunden lang die Highlights von Rotterdam gezeigt hat. Leider haben wir seinen Namen vergessen, sonst würden wir ihn hier noch extra erwähnen. Die Hafenrundfahrt im Anschluss daran erwies sich hingegen als ein wenig langweilig, da die Hafenabschnitte, an denen wir vorbeigeführt wurden, zum Großteil wenig Interessantes zu bieten hatten. Die Informationen, immer nacheinander auf Holländisch, Englisch, Deutsch und Französisch, nervten mit der Zeit, vor allem auch deswegen, weil wir sie in allen vier Sprachen verstanden. Wenigstens war das Sitzen nach einigen Kilometern Stadtrundgang eine Erleichterung für die Füße.
Wir waren mit Ablauf, Informationen...
Stephan B, Dec 2016
Wir waren mit Ablauf, Informationen, Führung etc. sehr zufrieden.
Leuke gids, leuke tour maar de prijs...
Aafke W, Apr 2016
Leuke gids, leuke tour maar de prijs vond ik achteraf wel aan de hoge kant. Ik dacht dat veel van de kosten in de boattour van 75 minuten zat, maar toen ik later keek bleek dat deel maar 12,50 te zijn. Een volgende keer zal ik beter voorwerk doen.