With so many culturally rich destinations in Western Europe, it is difficult to choose only a few. However, based on history and overall bang for your buck, if you’re setting sail to the region, here are a few shore excursions you won’t want to miss.
The UK: Royal Windsor Castle
The royal residence, in the county of Berkshire, is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Built in the 11th century, the castle’s lavish interior features art from the Royal Collection and the famous Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House.
The UK: Prehistoric Stonehenge
One of the most recognizable monuments in the world, Stonehenge is a vital part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll discover the secrets of one of the Wonders of the World as your guide explains the significance of the monument and shares fascinating details on how the stones were dragged more than 100 miles to the site.
Brussels: World War I Battlefield
Take an in-depth journey to the Flanders Battlefields as you commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers. Set amid the picturesque Belgian countryside, you’ll have the opportunity to view the striking Kathe Kollwitz sculptures, Grieving Parents, explore the Flanders Field Museum and stop for a typical Belgian lunch of cheese and bread.
Amsterdam: Private Shore Excursions
Allowing for a customized itinerary based on your interests, it’s worthwhile to explore Amsterdam via a private tour. Be sure to see Anne Frank’s house, take a canal cruise, visit the Flower Market, the Opera and Ballet houses and the splendid Skinny Bridge. For a cup of coffee or small bite, stop in the Dampkring. If you are looking for a savory dinner, the Restaurant Vlaming consistently receives accolades.
Monaco: Explore the French Rivera
Explore the glamour of the French Rivera on your journey to the vibrant energy of Monte Carlo. As you embark in the charming hillside of Eze, you’ll be privy to jaw-dropping views of the Mediterranean in the quaint hilltop village. Where you go from the picturesque town is entirely up to you, the options are endless. If you’re feeling lucky, stop into the famed Monte Carlo’s Casino. Adventure seekers can drive a lap at the Monaco Grand Prix, and historians will marvel in the changing of the guards at the Palace in Monaco or pay your respects to Princess Grace at the Monaco Cathedral.
Remich: Luxembourg & the Underground Wineries
Take a panoramic drive from Remich to Luxembourg where you will get an up-close look at the Place des Armes, capital buildings, old city and Grand Ducal Palace. Upon returning to Remich, explore the secrets of winemaking as you stroll through underground passages, and of course sample some of the region’s finest wines.