Experience the sights the way you want to

Step ashore to explore each calling point through our comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by certified local guides. Avalon gives you more included sightseeing than any other river cruise specialist. With our personal audio headsets, you can enjoy the freedom to roam around some of Europe's most famous attractions without missing a moment of fascinating commentary.

Choose your excursions

In many ports, we offer a choice of comprehensive sightseeing excursions led by certified local guides, or an alternative off-the-beaten-track experience. See a sample of Avalon Choice Excursion options below:

Paris: Heart of Paris Walk – The famous Ile de la Cite and lesser-known Ile Saint Louie are two natural islands in the River Seine. The former is the site of the earliest settlement in Paris and today boasts some of the city's more monumental edifices. The latter is a quaint oasis of tranquility amid the bustle of the city. It is home to many cafés, restaurants and historical curiosities. Stroll the streets, hear the stories and visit Notre Dame: one of the World's finest Gothic cathedrals.

Koblenz: Sayn Manor House Visit – Explore Sayn Manor House with its English-style park and magnificent Butterly Garden filled with tropical vegetation and colourful butterflies from around the world.

Cologne: Jewish Heritage Walk – See vestiges of the oldest known Jewish community north of the Alps, dating back to around 300AD. This guided walk emphasises the highlights, including the ruins of an ancient ritual bathhouse.

Nuremberg: Rally Grounds Tour – Nuremberg's former Nazi Party Rally Grounds are a vivid testimony to the National Socialist regime's megalomania. This guided tour leads you around the important sights, including the Documentation Centre and the area used to stage rallies to demonstrate Nazi Party power.

Trier: Roman Trier Tour – Step back in time as you explore the ruins of the fourth-century Imperial Baths of Trier – the second largest bathing complex in the Roman Empire, surpassed only by the one in Rome.

"The trip was very well organised and the cruise far exceeded my expectations. It is definitely a holiday I would like to do again myself on other rivers."

All down to you

If you'd like to experience something off the beaten track, we offer unique alternative excursions in select destinations. In many cities, we also give you a choice of sightseeing pace: 'Traditional', to see all the major sites; 'Leisurely', available on walking tours when you want to take it slower; and 'Independent', allowing you to explore on your own. Have a chat with your Cruise Director to learn about the available options. We even provide Nordic walking sticks to put that extra spring in your step!

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