Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Day 1 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 2 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NIJMEGEN
Day 2 NIJMEGEN. EXCURSION TO ARNHEM
Wildlife, WWII Valor, and Famous Mills
Join a Biking Tour on the Hoge Veluwe National Park and admire its diversity of scenery, from dense forests to sand dune, OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing to discover Arnhem-a key WWII operations site and home to impressive historical monuments and memorials-then visit a medieval castle for a regional herb and vegetable product tasting, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MAASTRICHT
Day 3 MAASTRICHT
Dutch History, School Spirit and an Architectural Feast
Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.
Maastricht's charm awaits, get physical via nordic walking with your Adventure Host, OR:
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, historical buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR
Day 4 NAMUR, BELGIUM
Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés
Explore Namur's countryside by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NAMUR
Day 5 LIÈGE
Historic Wonders and Wonderful Waffles
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the “Fiery City” of Liège with its beautiful ancient quarters, peculiar alleys, and romantic streets. Don’t miss sampling authentically sweet Liège Waffles.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
Day 6 ANTWERP
A Rubenesque Cathedral in Artful Antwerp
Join your Adventure Host for today's special activities.
Explore Antwerp by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of this sophisticated city to visit the central Grote Markt, lined with 16th-century guildhall houses. You’ll also see the beautiful city hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady with its stunning altarpiece paintings by Rubens.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
Day 7 BRUSSELS
Ancient Landmarks and New Haunts
See Brussel's Aquaculture farm on bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
See the major highlights of Brussels and join a do-it-yourself chocolate workshop for a fun and interactive experience, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of Brussels, see the Town Hall with its landmark buildings and discover the many local bars, cafés and shops of the Lower Town Streets.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
Day 8 BRUSSELS
Filling Fare and Fabled Beer
Spend a day at leisure to sample Brussels hearty cuisine and famous beer.
Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
Day 9 GHENT
Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish Finery
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Explore a different side of Ghent by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:
Explore Ghent–“The Diamond of Flanders”— with a Guided Sightseeing Tour of this showcase of medieval Flemish wealth. You’ll visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral—with its remarkable Flemish artwork.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BOSSUIT
Day 10 BOSSUIT
Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders
Visit the In Flanders’ Field Museum in Ypres— learn about the story of the invasion of Belgium, the first months of the mobilization, the four years trench war in the Westhoek, the end of the war, and the permanent remembrance ever since. After your visit, enjoy lunch at the museum’s café.
Following the museum, visit, battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and private collections.Experience the Last Post Ceremony, taking place nightly under the arches of the Menin Gate. Enjoy some free time for dinner before the Ceremony starts.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG
Day 11 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Explore Vlissingen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the15th century Gothic Town Hall and learn about its important role in the spice trade and Dutch East India trading.
Bike your way to the beach from Veere with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of the Delta Works, the largest flood-protection system in the world, and a miracle of modern technology.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT SAILING IN KINDERDIJK
Day 12 KINDERDIJK–ROTTERDAM
Harnessing the Wind 300 Years
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
See the windmills of Kinderdijk by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of Kinderdijk where 19 windmills were built in 1740 as flood prevention and water management. You’ll hear about the windmill’s vital role in the Netherland’s history and why it became a national symbol of Holland.
Experience Rotterdam by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ZAANDAM
Day 13 ZAANDAM
Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers
Arrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. See windmills, waterways, and flower farms, while discovering Dutch history in its handicraft shops and museums.
Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch on board.
Enjoy an easy bike ride to the beach with your Adventure Host, OR:
Visit Haarlem, a major flower bulbs growing district outside of Amsterdam. Explore the former North Sea trading port with its medieval features, gabled houses, and leafy courtyards.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Day 14 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Join a Biking Tour through the Dutch countryside past polders, dykes, and quaint centuries-old villages, OR:
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age."
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Day 15 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.