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 3:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.
Your day in Amsterdam is free to explore at your leisure.
You may join a Guided Optional Excursion to beautiful Zaanse Schans, where you’ll see a wonderful collection of well-preserved historic windmills and Dutch houses.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ENKHUIZEN
Day 2 ENKHUIZEN
Tulips Fields, Flower Farms and the Zuiderzee
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.
Explore Enkhuizen by bike with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a Guided Tour of local tulip fields and Dutch flower farms, OR:
Take a Guided Tour of Zuiderzee Museum to discover cultural traditions and maritime history.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENKHUIZEN
Day 3 ENKHUIZEN
Home and Hearth in a Dutch Harbor Town
Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host.
Take a Guided Walking Tour of Enkhuizen to experience the charm and beauty of this historic harbor village.
Take a Guided Excursion to visit the Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium—the oldest planetarium still working in the world. Watch for the world-famous black-and-white cattle and black Friesian horses.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN SNEEK
Day 4 LELYSTAD
Maritime Marvels of 17th-Century Shipbuilding and Horticoltural Expo
Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise.
Enjoy a relaxing walk in Lelystad with your Adventure Host, OR:
Learn all about the Netherlands’ shipbuilding and seafaring past on this exciting step into the Golden Age at the Batavia visitor’s center and museum, OR:Visit the Floriade, International Horticoltural Expo, an international exhibition of flowers and gardening that is held every 10 years in the Netherlands*. Enjoy an onboard Cheese Tasting with Genever—the national and traditional liquor of the Netherlands.
OVERNIGHT SAILING TO ARNHEM
*April 15 & 22 departures only
Day 5 ARNHEM
Spiced Honey Cake, WWII Valor, and Van Gogh
This morning, attend an Onboard Lecture about Holland and a tasting of the authentic Dutch Deventer Koek Cake while cruising to Arnhem.
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem, OR: Take a Guided Tour of Arnhem’s Kröller-Müller Museum with the world’s second largest Van Gogh collection.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROTTERDAM
Day 6 ROTTERDAM
Blooming Bulbs and Bold Bridge Design
Join your Adventure Host for today’s special activities.
Experience Rotterdam by foot with your Adventure Host, OR:
Join a full or half-day Guided Tour of breathtaking Keukenhof—the world’s largest flower gardens—with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths as well as other bulbs each year, OR: Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Rotterdam featuring innovative architecture, including the marvelous Erasmus Bridge.
EVENING CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM
Day 7 AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
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.