Europe is full of so many wonderful things to see and do, from world-famous attractions to hidden gems. If you’re hoping to experience some magical moments on your cruise to Europe, here are ten of the best cruise excursions to do.

Race Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik – Royal Caribbean

Sporty cruisers will love Royal Caribbean‘s super active excursions. Take to the sapphire waters outside of Dubrovnik’s historic walls for a thrilling kayak race. If you have a bit of a competitive streak, you’ll have great fun trying to beat your fellow holidaymakers and earn epic bragging rights. Afterwards, you’ll head to the stunning island of Lokrum to soak up the sun and recharge.

A Visit to a Local Farmer by Horse and Carriage and Bus Panorama – Disney Cruise Line

You can live your Disney fairy-tale in Rostock, Germany with this enchanting excursion. First, you’ll travel through idyllic German countryside in true Prince or Princess style on horse and carriage. You’ll then arrive at a traditional farm, where you’ll learn how the adorable thatched rooves of Rostock are made. And children can enjoy a pony ride!

Ape’s Den, St. Michael’s Cave and Europa Point Excursions – Norwegian Cruise Line

Visit the fabulous island of Gibraltar with NCL to take part in this brilliant excursion. At Europa Point, you’ll see two gorgeous religious buildings, the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque and the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, whilst taking in the sensational views of Gibraltar. Following this, you’ll explore the magical St. Michael’s cave. And lastly, you’ll head to the Ape’s Den to meet some incredibly cute Barbary Macaques.

Let’s Take a Selfie: Istanbul – Norwegian Cruise Line

Take to Istanbul – the best cruise excursion for those aiming for the perfect holiday insta pics. On this tour of the fantastical city of Istanbul, you’ll be provided with a selfie stick to take photos with world-famous sights like the Grand Bazaar, Pierre Loti Hill, and Camilica Mosque. Then, you’ll end your day sipping some traditional Turkish drinks. To enjoy this excursion, simply cruise the Greek Isles with NCL.

Versailles Palace and Grounds – Princess Cruises

Sail to France with Princess Cruises to take a tour of the marvellous palace of Versailles. Here you’ll encounter the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors and Hercules Drawing Room. Then, you’ll visit the gardens to admire exquisite statues and fountains.

Santorini Volcano Hiking Excursions – Norwegian Cruise Line

Another great trip for active cruisers, this NCL excursion will have you hiking to the top of New Kameni to take in some phenomenal views. Then, you’ll travel to Palea Kameni to relax in the natural hot springs, perfect for easing off your muscles after your hike.

Montserrat Tour, Barcelona- Celebrity Cruises

This Celebrity Cruises excursion allows you to trek to the Montserrat Monastery. Once you’re there, you’ll see the statue of the Black Madonna – the Patron Saint of Barcelona. You’ll also have an opportunity to stroll around the Montserrat Monastery Museum and see art by the likes of Dali and Monet.

Caves of Nerja – Royal Caribbean

Cruise to Malaga with Royal Caribbean to enjoy this amazing excursion. As you wander around these spectacular caves, you’ll see amazingly preserved prehistoric wall art and the world’s largest stalagmite, which stands at 32 metres high.

The Greenlanders – Celebrity Cruises

This Celebrity Cruises excursion allows you to experience Greenlandic culture in the most intimate way possible. You’ll have the privilege of visiting the home of a Qaqortoq local and listening to them talk about their lifestyle, as you drink traditional Kaffemik and yummy Greenlandic cake.

Ancient Ephesus – Princess Cruises

When you take this Princess Cruises excursion, you’ll come face to face with incredible ancient relics. Once a Roman provincial capital and trading centre between the East and West, immerse yourself in the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Visit the Grand Theatre and ruins of Ephesus’ Basilica, or the market district with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

If any of these excursions tickle your fancy, why not check out our European Cruise Deals and you could soon be experiencing some of these amazing adventures for yourself!

Charlotte Richards

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