Europe shore excursions available when cruising the British Isles range from a fascinating multimedia and walking tour of the Belfast shipyard, or an equally fascinating and fanciful tour of Belfast’s Castle Ward Estate, to a visit to Leeds Castle, Dover, that offers a chance to step back in time and explore an ancient and romantic castle dating back to the 9th century; or a Glasgow trip along Loch Lomand, known as the “Queen of the Scottish Lakes” with a crossing over the Firth of Clyde on the Scottish Ferry. If you’ve always wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone, your chance awaits on a tour of Cork; and you’ll have time to shop for traditional Irish woolens and Waterford crystal, too.
As you cruise the Nordic and Baltic countries, Europe shore excursions offer multiple opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Scandinavia, taking in breathtaking mountains, fantastic water views, and captivating cities and towns. Travel along one of Northern Europe’s steepest roads, with its 13 hairpin turns to visit the Viking Valley, in Flam Norway, where people have chosen to live as the Vikings did. Visit Visby, Sweden, a medieval walled city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site; enjoy the city’s beautiful Botanical Gardens, walk the charming medieval streets; savor a stein of beer after a tour of the local brewery. Excursions to Copenhagen, Denmark’s beautiful capital city offer leisurely explorations of Christianbourg Castle, and Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks and gardens.
Europe cruise excursions in Iceland are a boon to cruise-travelers, as they offer a glimpse into the incredible natural wonders of this far-north country: On a tour of Iceland’s treasured Golden Circle, see and feel the power of volcanoes, waterfalls, and geothermal energy. Savor a slice of Thunderbread, a dark, dense, and delicious rye bread that’s baked underground in a geothermal spring.
When cruising to the classic cities of Western Europe, shore excursions are varied and many, and include a guided visit to the revered village of Fatima in Lisbon, Portugal. Seville, Spain offers a tour of the cellars, and of course, a tasting of the most famous wine of Jerez de la Frontera, sherry. Stroll the streets of Bruges, Belgium, stopping for chocolate tastings and shopping for exquisite lace.