During your cruise, you can enjoy a wide selection of organised shore excursions (subject to a charge). See the most important sights, for example, on classic scenic journeys or city tours. Get to know the countries and their people during sporty activities such as snorkelling, hiking or bicycle tours or see the world from a new perspective on flights or boat tours. We are also pleased to go that extra mile on your behalf with special arrangements, such as organising special opening times at important cultural venues or exclusive concerts in an unusual setting.
You can see which excursions are planned for your cruise in the shore excursion brochure, which you will receive about three months before your cruise. Then you can prebook your required excursions prior to departure at your travel agency or at My booking. Naturally, you can also still decide once on board (subject to availability).
Our classic excursions will give you your first impressions of the region. For those who prefer to be active and get to know a country and its people from a new perspective, we also provide adventure trips and active tours, such as hiking, Segway, boat and kayak tours and snorkelling.
Insider tips from knowledgeable experts open up some exceptional experiences of architecture, art or history. Doors to gardens, museums and churches that remain closed to others will often be opened – come and take a look behind the scenes.
Renowned experts joining you on board will share their extensive knowledge with you in some interesting lectures. They will also guide shore excursions, pointing out things that normal visitors might not otherwise notice. Experiences in small groups that make a big impression.
Mountain bike excursions accompanied by a professional bike guide."Easy-going", "Active and high-energy", "Active lite": the mountain bike tours in the EUROPA 2's shore excursion programme offer something for everyone. Beginners can enjoy the scenery and take in points of interest during a leisurely ride on a flat route. By contrast, experienced cyclists have the opportunity to take part in a challenging ride over uneven terrain that frequently includes hills and inclines. The Hardtail mountain bikes, designed especially for the EUROPA 2 and featuring SLX/XT technology, are available in various sizes. All tours last four to five hours and have a group size of maximum 14 people. You will be given personal advice from the bike guide, with whom you can book the tour you want after a fitness check (in selected ports/based on local conditions).
You are welcome to bring your own bike clothing with you. On board, we will provide you with a bike helmet and a sports rucksack, as well as a bottle of water and an energy bar.
These excursions are designed especially for children and work perfectly without parents, such as when we go to see the penguins and turtles in New Zealand, explore Havana by way of a photo safari or enjoy the fine weather swimming and snorkelling off Langkawi. The childcare service will ensure that they take sun cream and drinks, for example, depending on what it is on the programme.
Teens can descend in a submarine to view the brightly coloured underwater world of the Caribbean, or race to Paphos beach on a mountain-bike tour and much more. And if the family is travelling together, we might, for instance, demonstrate our skills on the climbing course just outside Oslo, marvel at the sights of London from the height of a massive Ferris wheel, or set out on a real adventure through the rain forest of Puerto Rico.
Our Zodiacs will take you to hidden places and areas that are difficult to access, take you on further where other ships have to turn back and enable you to go ashore in places that may otherwise seem impossible. Your experiences in these places will become unforgettable memories. Let the Zodiacs take you straight into your next adventure, such as into the network of tributaries on the Amazon, to idyllic beaches in the South Seas or in search of impressive glacial landscapes. Experienced experts will always be on hand to show you what to look out for. These experiences are part of all of our expedition cruises and are also included in the cruise price on selected EUROPA and EUROPA 2 cruises. See things up-close in far-flung places – and experience new worlds.
During your cruise, look forward to some lovely surprises with a succession of carefully organised events, such as a barbecue on a remote beach, exclusive concerts at special locations or local folk groups to welcome you at the pier. Time and again, our on-board team will prepare some unforgettable moments for you.