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 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Belgium. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding.
Flights into Brussels must arrive by 2:00 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Enjoy dinner on board as you sail for Ghent this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO GHENT
Day 2 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 3 BOSSUIT
Battlefield Remembrances in Flanders
Visit the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres—named for the soldier’s famed poem. 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 lasting remembrance to follow. 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 4 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 the 15th-century Gothic Town Halland 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 KINDERDIJK
Day 5 KINDERDIJK–ROTTERDAM
Harnessing the Wind for 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 6 ZAANDAM
Windmills, Waterways, and Waving Fields of Flowers
Arrive in Zaandam this morning with free time to explore this quintessential Dutch town. During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses.
Cruise to Haarlem this afternoon while enjoying lunch onboard.
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 7 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 8 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.