• Lizzie Butler

    Booked a cruise and want to plan your activities in port? We’ve rounded up some of our best Marella Cruises shore excursions to make it easy for you. Marella Cruises offer cruise holidays across the world, from the Canary Islands to ports of call in the Caribbean and Asia. So, if you haven’t booked your holiday yet and are feeling inspired to try some of these tours, browse our cruise deals

    Soak up Sri Lanka’s culture

    Marella Cruises take you across the world – including destinations in Thailand, India, and Singapore. One of our most exciting Asian ports of call is Colombo, Sri Lanka’s biggest city. Marvel at the blend of traditional Sri Lankan culture alongside towering skyscrapers. On our History of Colombo shore excursion, spot landmarks like Sri Subramaniya Kovil, the most impressive Hindu temple in the city, and visit the National Museum, filled with artefacts from the Colonial period. Finish off the morning with refreshments, before spending the afternoon exploring – why not hop on a tuk tuk to discover Colombo’s districts?

    Find this excursion on our Asian cruise itineraries

    Try our History of Colombo shore excursion

    Get up close to Dubrovnik’s city walls

    Sometimes, the best way to see a destination is by boat. Hop off your cruise ship and into a kayak on our City Walls Kayaking experience, which shows off the hard-to-reach spots in Croatia’s most famous city. Start by paddling to the fortress of Bokar, a former prison. Then head to Lovrijenac, a clifftop stronghold that some claim dates back to the-11th-century and showcases Shakespearean plays during Dubrovnik’s summer festival. The tour finishes with a visit to the island of Lokrum, where Richard the Lionheart’s vessel was shipwrecked during the Crusades.

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    Try our City walls kayaking shore excursion

    See Barcelona’s best bits

    We’ve wrapped up our favourite Barcelona hotspots into a one day tour, so you can tick off all the unmissable sights in the city before you get back onboard the ship. While exploring Barcelona’s main road, Passeig de Gracià, you’ll spot two of Gaudi’s most impressive architectural feats, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. Sagrada Familia is also on the agenda, plus Barcelona Cathedral and the old quarter. And, you’ll have time to do some shopping before visiting the top of Montjuic Hill to take in panoramic views of the city.

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    Try our Barcelona Top 10 excursion

    Taste Tuscany’s finest wines

    Tuscany has plenty to shout about, from impressive art to delicious food. Famous for its sprawling vineyards, take in the rolling hills of Italy’s wine region on your journey from the ship to our chosen wine cellar, deep in the Tuscan countryside. Learn how the wine is made and the traditional methods used to bottle it, before tasting it for yourself. And, you’ll get to nibble on salami and olives while you do it.

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    Try our Taste of Tuscany excursion

    Ready to explore our ports of call?

    Take a look at our Shore excursions site, and find out what’s included in our Premium All Inclusive and All Inclusive drinks packages. Plus, find out what to pack for your future cruise holidays.