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 (EMBARKATION)
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam
Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
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.
Later on, board your Avalon Suite Ship®.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ARNHEM
Day 3 ARNHEM
A Duke’s Forest and a Dutch Treat
Join a Guided Tour of the Airborne Museum of Hartenstein commemorating the 1944 WWII Battle of Arnhem.
Join your ship in Nijmegen and enjoy lunch onboard.
Join a Guided Excursion to ‘s-Hertogenbosch (meaning the Duke’s Forest). Sample a Bossche Bol—a decadent cream puff covered in Dutch chocolate, OR:
Visit a windmill and family-operated fruit and flower farm. Hear the history of a 15th century windmill with a local flour miller. Then, enjoy a carriage ride through the Ooijpolder nature reserve—home to herons, storks, birds of prey, and wild horses, OR:
Join in a Guided Bike Ride to explore the river banks of Arnhem.
Sail out this evening for Venlo while dining on board.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO VENLO
Day 4 MAASTRICHT
Dutch History, Modern Spirit, and Fresh Pie
Enjoy an early morning sailing to Maastricht.
Discover this vibrant university town with its lovely cathedrals, old houses, and buildings, and impressively cobblestoned town center, OR:
Take a Guided Visit to an old working mill still in operation. At the end of your visit, join the interactive museum and bake your own Vlaai—a delicious Limburg pie.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO NAMUR
Day 5 NAMUR, BELGIUM
Ancient Architecture and Charming Cafés
Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of the picturesque old-town, fortress citadel, and medieval architecture.
Take free time to stroll along Namur’s cobblestone lanes and visit its charming cafés and bookshops. This evening, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NAMUR
Day 6 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 7 ANTWERP
A Grand Gothic Cathedral in Artful Antwerp
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.
Enjoy cocktail or coffee aboard your ship as you sail to Brussels this afternoon. Later, enjoy dinner and live entertainment.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN BRUSSELS
Day 8 BRUSSELS
Ancient Landmarks and New Finds
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 9 BRUSSELS (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning.