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
Welcome to Holland.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.
Day 2 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND (EMBARKATION)
Amsterdam Off the Beaten Path. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Discover the true beauty of Amsterdam with an off-the-beaten-path Guided Walking Tour through its cobblestone streets for a captivating look at this legendary city.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
Day 3 ROTTERDAM
Dutch Treats and Flowers Sweet
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Experience Rotterdam by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a full- or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—known as the “Garden of Europe”—for its 70 acres of lush parkland, lakes, and the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs, planted each year.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ANTWERP
Day 4 ANTWERP, BELGIUM
Cathedrals, Carats and Crêpes
Visit a Botanical Garden, where you will admire an amazing variety of plants, tree and flowers.
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.
Join your garden expert for a botany lecture onboard.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
Day 5 GHENT
Medieval Masterpieces and Flemish Finery
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.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MIDDELBURG
Day 6 MIDDELBURG, HOLLAND
A Spicy History in Middelburg’s Dutch Harbor Town
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Explore Vlissingen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Walking Tour through the winding cobblestones and canals of Middelburg. See the 15th-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 CRUISE TO WILLEMSTAD
Day 7 WILLEMSTAD
Willemstad’s Windmills and Historic Harbor
See Willemstad by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Walking Tour of Willemstad and discover its many beautifully restored buildings from the 17th and 18th Century.
Later, enjoy a Cheese Tasting on board as you prepare to sail to Amsterdam.
Join a lecture to learn about the importance of botany and nature in the country you are visiting.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
Day 8 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Start your day joining your Adventure Host on an early morning walk in Amsterdam, OR:
Discover Aalsmeer Flower Auction—the largest in the world, where around 20 million flowers are sold every day. Later enjoy a typical Dutch breakfast, OR:
Access Amsterdam’s secret gardens hidden behind the brick façades – a unique opportunity as they are normally closed to public, 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 9 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.