More Included Tours

We realize that our guests have different tastes, so we’ve developed a menu of shore excursions with a variety of choices so you can personalize your experience in every port of call. In many destinations, you’ll be free to choose from one of several guided tours — all of which are included in your cruise fare. There’s always a city tour designed to show you all the renowned highlights and landmarks in grand capitals and charming villages alike. Is it your first time in Vienna, Austria? Opt for an unforgettable exploration of the major sights led by a local, English-speaking guide that is well versed in history and culture. Have you already been to Nuremberg, Germany? Instead of taking the city tour, indulge in a bratwurst and beer tasting on one of our included Special Interest Tours, which are specially designed to immerse you in local culture and flavors. Are you looking for something more active? See the beautiful scenery of Austria’s Wachau Valley with a guided bike tour along the Danube River. The choice is yours.



On a river cruise, you don’t just pass through a destination — you experience it with all your senses. Each one of our sailings is crafted with a paramount goal in mind: connecting you to the essence of life in each place you visit. We always make it a point to place our guests in small groups. This helps facilitate access to sights and landmarks, a more intimate setting, and more encounters with the locals. It’s a great way to take your time as you explore, get to know your fellow travelers better and find opportunities for up-close experiences and front-row views. Every tour is led by a local, English-speaking guide who is very knowledgeable in the culture and history of the place you are visiting.

Choose your pace: In many cases, you’ll have a choice of gentle, regular and active tour paces. There are even some late riser tours for those guests who prefer to sleep in.


Interest Tours

Our Special Interest Tours are specially designed to give small groups the chance to be even more immersed in a destination – and, just like our other incredible shore excursions, every one of them is included in the price of your river cruise. Here are just a few examples:

  • Indulge in authentic Belgian waffles and chocolate in Antwerp
  • Try your hand at knotting a bretzel (German for “pretzel”) in Wertheim, Germany
  • Go to a bratwurst and beer tasting at the oldest brewery in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Discover hidden treasures on a tour of Vienna, Austria’s secret spots and sights
  • Sample Bavarian specialties like pralines in Regensburg, Germany

Bike Tours

During your sailing, you have the choice of enhancing your best self while exploring Europe’s amazing sights just as the locals do. We were the first river cruise line to carry an entire fleet of complimentary bicycles on board, so you can pedal alongside enchanting riverside pathways and in city centers on a variety of included biking excursions. Whether you feel like joining one of our exclusive guided bike tours, or want to go discover on your own, there are many ways for you to explore on two wheels during your river cruise. Here are a few examples:

  • Bike along the beautiful Danube River between Dürnstein and Melk in Austria’s Wachau Valley
  • Tour Cologne’s Old Town and Cathedral in Germany along the Rhine River
  • See the medieval city of Rouen in France’s historic Normandy region near the Seine River
  • Take in wooded hills and beaches of poplars along the scenic shores of the Inn River in Passau, Germany
  • Go on a guided bike ride through beautiful Vienna, Austria

Hiking Tours

The beauty of Europe doesn’t just lie in its architecture and landmarks – there are also breathtaking sights when you venture out into nature. That’s why we’ve designed special included hikes that will take you a bit off the beaten path, showing you incredible destinations from a unique perspective and giving you a chance to revel in the fresh air.

  • Trek up to the Veste Oberhaus in Passau, Germany for incredible views over Old Passau
  • Make your way up to Dürnstein Fortress, where it is said that Richard the Lionheart was once held captive
  • Hike up the Philosopher’s Path to a panoramic view of the university town of Heidelberg, Germany and the Neckar River
  • Journey from the ship to the charming Old Town in Strasbourg, France

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