Beyond the Ship.
Immerse yourself & see each new place like a local.
Your Avalon ship has bicycles you can check out and use around many port towns for free. Avalon also offers exciting optional biking excursions in the select European destinations listed below. We've chosen knowledgeable bike companies in these locations to offer a safe and fun way to experience the destination, complete with a Local Guide to show you the way.
Amsterdam: Cycling through the Dutch countryside like a local
The Netherlands is known for being the perfect country to go for a bike ride. After a short bike ride from your ship, a ferry takes you out of the hectic city. Then continue your biking tour into the beautiful and green nature reserve called "Waterland". Your local guide will take you through centuries old picturesque villages with typical wooden houses, past countless brooks and waterways, across old wooden bridges, along the Ijsselmeer, through green pastures. Designated bicycle paths connect the entire region. On a nice spring or summer day, the green fields are full of flowers, sheep and cows are in the meadows. Comfortable bicycles, helmets and refreshment in a typical Dutch Inn are provided and of course all these experiences under guidance of a local guide. A different way to experience Holland.
This excursion is offered in Amsterdam on the following river cruises:
Dürnstein: Biking in the Wachau Valley
Biking along the Danube is becoming a popular pastime. So if you are fit and ready for some exercise grab a bike, a helmet and cycle along the waters of the mighty river, passing the lovely vineyards and romantic villages of the Wachau Valley. A light picnic en route will restore some of your energy. (Minimum physical condition necessary - not allowed for hearing impaired - weather dependent)
This excursion is offered in Dürnstein with a picnic on the following river cruises:
This excursion is offered in Dürnstein without a picnic on the following river cruises:
Breisach: Biking through the Kaiserstuhl region
There is no better way to experience the Rhenish countryside, than by taking a bicycle. Our guided cycling experience will take you on a scenic route, passing vineyards, orchards and pretty villages. Regular bicycles are at your disposal. With many photo opportunities the tour promises to be a wonderful outing in the countryside. A guide will assist you with gear and the best route to take.
This excursion is offered in Breisach on the following river cruises:
Bernkastel: Biking along the Moselle
Imagine riding for an afternoon past vineyards stretching up steep mountainsides on both banks of this slow-moving river. Picture yourself pedaling through sun-drenched medieval-looking towns of half-timbered houses and past Romanesque churches of intricate architecture. Glance up from your handlebars to see a castle perched high above and, as you turn the corner, listen to cheery townspeople and tourists enjoying themselves at outdoor tables around a fountain in the town square. A bike tour is a great way to experience this historic region. The bikes will be delivered to the ship and your local guide will show you all the hidden gems along the Moselle River.
This excursion is offered in Bernkastel on the following river cruises: