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Shore Excursion: Berlin Sightseeing with round-trip port-transfer

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Rostock, Germany

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

When your cruise ship drops anchor in Germany, tick off the historic highlights of east and west Berlin on a 5.5-hour shore excursion from Rostock or Warnemünde port, ideal for travelers short on time. Following port pickup, take a whistle-stop tour of top west Berlin attractions including Tiergarten Park, Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor), the Berlin Wall, and the Holocaust Memorial. Then, tick off east Berlin gems including Postdamer Platz, Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), and Museumsinsel. Port drop-off is also included.
  • A comprehensive Berlin tour designed for travelers short on time
  • See highlights including Tiergarten Park, Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor), and Postdamer Platz
  • Learn the history behind the Berlin Wall, and the Holocaust Memorial, and Checkpoint Charlie
  • Port pickup and drop-off are included
English speaking guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Pick up and drop off at the ship. We guarantee your return to the ship!
Small group experience with group size up to 26 people
Lunch
Bottled water
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: Warnemünde Cruise Center, 18119 Rostock, Germany
2: Rostock Fährhafen, 18147 Rostock, Germany

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After disembarking your cruise ship, greet your driver at either Rostock or Warnemünde port and relax during the 3-hour journey to Berlin. Following a historical overview of the German capital from your guide, you’ll embark on a panoramic tour of west Berlin’s highlights.

Travel down the tree-lined boulevard of Kurfurstendamm (Ku’damm) and Unter den Linden, pass historical landmarks such as the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche), the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor), the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial), and the mighty Reichstag, plus many more.

Following a break for lunch, during which your guide recommends local restaurants and popular German dishes, you’ll return to the coach and explore east Berlin, considered a more relaxed and artistic side of the city. Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, and Museumsinsel (Museum Island) all feature on the east Berlin sightseeing itinerary, in addition to the 18th-century Gendarmenmarkt, the Neue Wache memorial, and Alexanderplatz, the spiritual heart of the capital.

Your tour concludes with drop-off back at your chosen cruise port.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Olympiastadion Berlin
The tour starts with a 3-hour transfer from the port to the city. You will share the transfer with other passengers from your ship, and then break up into your respective groups upon arrival in Berlin. There will be either a restroom available on the transfer bus and/or a pit stop before arrival for a restroom break. You will meet your tour guide in Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. You'll begin by seeing some of the sights of former West Berlin.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
You'll continue your tour of the former West Berlin by visiting Kurfurtsendamm and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church – a chilling yet inspiring reminder of the consequences of war.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tiergarten
As you make your way east, you will drive through Tiergarten, Berlin's central park.
Pass By:  
Victory Column (Siegessaule)
At the center of Tiergarten stands the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Built in 1873 to commemorate Prussian military victories against Denmark, Austria, and France.
Stop At:  
Reichstag Building
At the end of the park, you will get out and see the Reichstag. This building houses today's German Parliament and it was the seat of the Imperial Diet and the Weimarer Republic until 1933, when it was severely damaged after being set on fire.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brandenburg Gate
Afterwards, you will walk to the Brandenburg Gate. A symbol of Berlin and German division during the Cold War, it is now a national symbol of peace and unity.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
A brief walk through Pariser Platz and you will be visiting the solemn memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Hitler's Bunker (Fuhrerbunker)
On the way to lunch, you will drive by the location of Hitler's Bunker.
Pass By:  
Potsdamer Platz
After lunch will be more sights from East Berlin, beginning with Potsdamer Platz. Totally destroyed during World War II and bisected by the Berlin War during the Cold War, Potsdamer Platz is a stunning reminder of the urban renewal after Reunification.
Stop At:  
Checkpoint Charlie
Afterwards, you will visit Checkpoint Charlie. The iconic border crossing point between East and West Berlin.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Gendarmenmarkt
You will also drive by Gedarmenmarkt, which features the Concert House Berlin flanked by the French and German churches.
Pass By:  
Bebelplatz
Just south of Gedarmenmarkt, on the southern end of Unter den Linden, is Bebelplatz. Here is the sight of one of the most infamous Nazi book burning ceremonies.
Pass By:  
Neue Wache
Driving further down Unter den Linden, you will see Neue Wache. Previously a guardhouse for the troops of the crown Prince of Prussia. It now serves as the "Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Dictatorship."
Stop At:  
Museum Island
A natural island in the river Spree, Museum Island is home to 5 internationally renowned Museums, built between 1824 and 1930. The museums themselves illustrate the development of modern museum design and its collections span six thousand years of human artistic endeavour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berliner Dom
The Berlin Cathedral finished in 1905 is a prime example of German imperial architecture.
Duration: 20 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Alexanderplatz
Named after Tsar Alexander I, Alexanderplatz was the heart of East Germany and remains Berlin's eastern center. Amongst the sights to look out for here are the 365 meter TV Tower, Berlin's highest construction topped by a globe with a rotating viewing platform, and the Rotes Rathouse, Berlin's town hall and home to the governing mayor and the government of Berlin.
Stop At:  
Topography of Terror
Your tour in Berlin will end at the Topography of Terror. This outdoor and indoor museum located on the site of the Gestapo headquarters is a tangible reminder of Germany's Nazi past. At the conclusion of the tour, the groups will reconvene and go back to their original transfer buses, and then depart back to the port.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers MUST provide the following information at time of booking: ship name and sailing date (the day your cruise starts).
  • Berlin is still largely cash only! Restaurants and stores (including most souvenir stores) in Germany will ONLY accept cash (EUR). They will not accept foreign currency, and they will not accept credit cards, maybe not even debit cards. To pay for lunch, you must have cash EUR. Sometime before the lunch break, the tour guide will show you to an ATM where you can get EUR.
  • BATHROOMS: Virtually all public restrooms in Germany will require a 0.50€ coin to use. Please bring some with you.
  • Itinerary is approximate! While we will try and visit everything, traffic conditions, local events, and crowds can sometimes prevent some sights from being visited. The order in which sights are visited may be adjusted for optimal visitor experience.
  • For your own comfort, please consider bringing comfortable shoes, bottled water and some snacks for the long day.
  • If the weather forecasts predict rain, please bring an umbrella.
  • If a wheelchair-user decides to participate they must be accompanied by an able-bodied person to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, and entering the restrooms, restaurant, and all sites. At certain locations a wheelchair user may not be able to exit the bus, and may have to stay inside of the bus.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SPB-Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Shore Excursion: Berlin Sightseeing with round-trip port-transfer?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Although the drive to and from Berlin makes for a very long day, it is worth it." See review
  • "It's a long drive from Warnemunde, but it was worth it." See review
  • "The 3-hour bus ride each direction made for a very long day, but it really was worth it." See review

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star-4
Great Tour & guide
Leofox123
, Oct 2019
We enjoyed this tour, and our guide was very enthusiastic, and keen to show us as much as possible. Definitely worth the price. The bus picked us up on time right at the port, and dropped us back to the ship. Very easy and efficient. The bus was comfortableThe only negative is that with the long bus ride from the cruise ship to Berlin (almost 3 hours each way), it would have been nice to have some highlights or history en route, even if it meant something to download before getting on the bus. No wifi on the bus. The driver spoke no English, and we only met the guide once we reached Berlin...made for a long trip.
star-5
Excellent
dithdith0001
, Aug 2019
Itineraries are very well planned! Safe driver. Knowledgeable tour guide. Excellent trip. Clean bus.
star-5
Excellent tour. Worth the drive
macc90
, Jun 2019
Although the drive to and from Berlin makes for a very long day, it is worth it. Great tour. Heather was very knowledgeable and eager to share her knowledge. Good overview of many top sites. Disappointed we were unable to pass by Hitler’s bunker (late leaving pier waiting on tardy passengers!) or unable stop at Checkpoint Charlie (traffic and possible also a timing issue related to late departure). Very good traditional German meal at local restaurant. Would definitely recommend this tour.
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Our guide, an American gal with a...
Linda K
, Jul 2018
Our guide, an American gal with a degree in history, was very knowledgeable and gave us an amazing amount of information during our excursion. We saw all of the highlights listed on the Viator site -- this tour really made history come to life. We had a nice treaditional lunch in a neat German restaurant. The 3-hour bus ride each direction made for a very long day, but it really was worth it.
star-5
This was a fantastic tour. Over and...
maria1207
, Jun 2018
This was a fantastic tour. Over and above what was promised. Our English speaking tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He captivated our interested and attention for hours. The motor coach ride was comfortable but lengthy. Well worth the time it takes to get to Berlin from the ship. We paid a fraction of the price our fellow cruisers paid through the cruise line. I highly recommend.
star-5
This was an excellent tour-- our...
paulamarquis
, Jun 2018
This was an excellent tour-- our tour guide was very knowlegable with a degree in history, I'm sorry I forgot his name. He was also jewish and his family was from Germany and impacted by WWII so it was all the more interesting to us to hear him. All the stops were very thoughtfully selected, and it definitely impacted how I think about Germany after WWII. We saw the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the wall, parliament, holocaust memorial, spot where Reagan gave his speech, and many other memorials and historic sites. Our driver did a great job meeting us in various spots to efficiently tour us around Berlin. We ate lunch in a quaint square that had several restaurant options. Bring some euro. Get some euro change as most of the bathrooms are pay bathrooms, though our guide found a couple that were free. It's a long drive from Warnemunde, but it was worth it.
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This was a great tour with one...
David H
, Jun 2018
This was a great tour with one caveat. The bus ride from Warnemunde to Berlin was 3 hours long and 3 longer hours back. It was just a bus ride with no commentary. Once we arrived in Berlin we transferred to another bus for the tour and our guide was outstanding. it was breath-taking to see some on the huge monuments that served as the back drops propaganda photos of the Third Reich and to follow the history of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall. Then to see how they have successfully reunified and rebuilt their country since the wall came down. This is a great value tour for cruise ship passengers. It cost about half of what the same excursion offered by the ship did and the only difference was a train vs a bus ride. After comparing notes with fellow passengers, we found that the two tours were virtually the same and the train ride was just as long as the bus ride.
star-5
I took this tour today with our...
Rosella C
, Apr 2018
I took this tour today with our guide who is very knowledgeable on German History. Her name is Heidi Ellis. She's an American who graduated from Penn State and pursued her Masters at Brown University. She continued her studies in Berlin and has been tour guiding for 12 years. Excellent bus and walking tour. We were picked up in Warnemunde on time where the Viking Sea was docked and brought back on time as well by Ziggy the driver. Being that it was only 9 people in the group, the tour had the right pacing. We walked leisurely around the historical sites in Berlin - stress free. I truly enjoyed the experience.
star-4
It was a long day of 3 hours of...
Sue
, Jan 2018
It was a long day of 3 hours of commute from Rostock to Berlin one way. Besides that Berlin was amazing with its history. The irony of the Berlin wall now is that it has a wall to protect it from visitors. Wish it was much closer than a 6 hour commute.
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Great tour guide...he knew his...
Jerry W
, Nov 2017
Great tour guide...he knew his history and had audio so even if not catching up to the group, you still heard everything. Even though long bus ride...loved this tour!

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