Top 10 European Shore Excursions
Home to the most stunning cities in the world, Europe has everything for a dream cruise getaway. With shore excursions for everyone, you can enjoy the sun-drenched beaches or take in the culture of the many history-enriched cities. Explore the architecture, food, art, languages and culture of a region where every city is different. There are a variety of cruise excursions to choose from in Europe and many adventures to be had so pack your bags — your journey awaits!
1. City Tours
Europe boasts some of the most unique and historic cities in the world so all of your cruise stops will offer city tours and they are definitely worthwhile. With many ships only spending a day in the ports, a city tour is a great way to see as much as you can in a few hours. Most of them will be on air conditioned coaches and be hosted my friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. Some of our favourite cities to take a tour of are Barcelona, Lisbon and Rome.
Take a City Tour on: MS Rotterdam
2. Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Amsterdam
The history of Amsterdam is intimately connected with water, it has over 165 canals that boast a wealth of history and still continue to define the city’s landscape today. Floating down Amsterdam’s canal is one of the most memorable ways to discover this city and make everything appear more magical! You will pass many of the city’s famous landmarks such as Munttoren, Schreierstoren Weepers Tower and Anne Frank's house.
Take the Amsterdam Canal Cruise on: Celebrity Eclipse
3. Montserrat Tour, Barcelona
You cannot visit Barcelona without exploring the fascinating Montserrat. You will visit the mountaintop monastery where pilgrims come to worship, admire the Patron of Catalonia and discover the community of monks. Sure to leave a lasting impression, this tour is definitely one for those who want to discover an abundance of European history. You can go up the mountain by 'Aeri' cable car or the Cremallera 'rack' train. We would recommend the cable car as you get unreal 360 views of the landscape as you head up the mountain.
4. Gondola Ride, Venice
The Gondola is the symbol of Venice and offers a pleasant and delightful way to view the city. As Venice is a city on water there is no better way to take in all of its spectacular sights than on the water itself, allowing you to go under bridges and through tiny, pretty passage ways. There are a range of tours that incorporate a gondola ride, or some cruise lines will offer the gondola ride alone. After a ride on an Italian gondola you will fall in love with the country even more!
5. Volcano Hiking and Hot Springs, Santorini
A trip to one of the most violent volcanoes in the world is truely unique and being able to swim in its hot springs makes it even more exciting. At the start of the tour you will board a boat that will take you to New Kameni and from there you will hike to the rim of the volcano to appreciate the views of one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Back to the boat you will then head to the island of Palea Kameni where you can swim in the warm natural spring — amazing!
6. The Colosseum, Rome
Built of natural concrete and stone, the Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of Rome. A guided tour of this famous land mark is an excellent excursion choice if your cruise stops in Rome. Most tours include many of Rome’s other treasured highlights including St Peter in Chains and St Peters Basilica. After your excursion you are bound to be a wealth of knowledge about this fascinating city!
Visit The Colosseum on: Navigator of the Seas
7. Discover Monaco and Monte Carlo, Cannes
Monaco is an abundance of colourful arched streets and elegant shopping. The tour will start with a guided walk of the old town before heading to Monte Carlo. Named as one of the wealthiest cities in the world, Monte Carlo is home the most exclusive restaurants, beautiful harbours and, naturally, the best shopping. Your tour will give you free time to walk around and take in all of the spectacular views in the bright, sunny weather.
8. Mont Saint Michel, Cherbourg
Perched on a rocky island in the middle of vast sand banks the Mont Saint Michel is one of the greatest religious buildings in Europe. The actual abbey stands 250ft above the sea with greenery and rocks around its exterior. The tour will include a walk around the outside but the most excitement comes when you enter and discover the secrets of the monks! The excitement does not stop there; when you go into the beautiful village of Mont Saint Michel you will be able to explore old houses and shops, all in-between twisted passageways.
9. Camel Ride and Fire Mountain, Lanzarote
Riding a camel is something everyone should do in their lifetime! It's a fun and unique experience that you can only do in a few places around the world. After your camel ride you will get a tour of the volcano, where you will be taken around the lava fields and learn the history behind the Lanzarote volcanoes.
10. Caves of Nerja, Malaga
The Caves of Nerja are a series of enchanted caverns and home to the largest stalagmite in the world. This is a unique experience that will allow you to explore this fascinating landmark. Hosted by an informative guide, they will lead the way around the caves whilst pointing out the most captivating parts. Be adventurous and take this excursion to discover an exclusive Spanish treasure.
Visit Caves of Nerja on: MS Rotterdam