Join us on this trip from Berlin’s beginnings in the swamplands of Brandenburg, through Prussian imperialism and the raucous years of the Weimar Republic, to the Second World War, the Cold War, the ecstasy of reunification, and to the vibrant capital that is today’s Berlin.
We’ll show you what there is to see, and also open your eyes to what lies beneath the surface: the faint traces, the stories, and the voices that warrant no memorials, but tell you just as much about life in Berlin across the ages.
If you’re only on shore for a day and looking to make the most of your time, our Berlin Highlights tour covers almost 1,000 years of the city’s history in the space of a day – all the sights, the sounds and the stories.
Tour times are adjusted to best fit with your ship’s arrival and departure, making sure you get away from the port early and arrive back with adequate time remaining before you sail to the next port of call.
(All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients’ needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour. If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
What you can expect to experience on this tour:
Our full day Berlin private shore excursion starts from the Rostock/Warnemünde cruise ship terminal and covers the major highlights of the German capital dating back to the period of Prussian rule, through the time of Imperial Germany, the Golden Twenties and the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s Third Reich and the Cold War division of the city – continuing to the present day.
After being met at the port terminal by one of our expert drivers, you’ll be whisked through the northeastern agricultural flatlands of Germany in the comfort of one of our chauffeur driven vehicles – all quality German cars and vans. Unlike the slower public excursions organised by the official companies, this cuts your transportation time down significantly, allowing for more exploration in the capital – especially if your ship is only docked for a short time.
On reaching Berlin, you will see the Western side of the city – starting at the Charlottenburg Palace (named after the first Prussia Queen, Sophie Charlotte) before continuing along the grand boulevards of the West – Bismarkallee and the Kufurstendamm (site of the 1938 Reichkristallnacht attacks) – you will reach Wittenbergplatz and the famous Kadewe department store – before detouring into the Tiergarten to see the massive Siegessaulle Victory Column constructed to celebrate victories in the wars that led to German unification in 1871.
The path through the central Tiergarten park, popular during the 1930s and 40s with anti-Nazi dissidents wanting to converse without fear of being overheard, leads to the city’s government quarter – the Reichstag building, the Brandenburg Gate & the nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Journeying through the former Nazi government quarter you will have time to see the site of Hitler’s Führerbunker – the former Nazi Airforce Ministry, site of the SS/Gestapo Headquarters and Topography of Terror Museum – before reaching one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall in the city and the former military crossing point at Checkpoint Charlie.
You will have time for a scheduled lunch break at a location of your choice (we can make restaurant arrangements alongside your booking – whether it is a traditional beer garden or restaurant for hearty German food, or something quick for the road, maybe a picnic in the central park?) continuing afterwards further into the central Mitte district to the UNESCO Heritage Listed Museums Island and the grand Unter den Linden boulevard.
Driving past the State Opera House, the Humboldt University and nearby Nazi Book Burning Square your tour will conclude near Potsdamer Platz where you will say goodbye to your tour guide and be driven back to the Rostock/Warnemünde port terminal with ample time remaining to board your ship before its departure.
(It is possible to tailor this tour to include more aspects of Berlin’s Third Reich or Cold War history/Jewish Berlin sights or a visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial north of Berlin – on request)
Special Tour Inclusions:
As this tour includes private transportation, it is possible that the following sites could also be included in the itinerary (on request and time permitting – extension of the tour duration may be required):
Entrance to one of the museums of Museums Island (i.e the Neues Museum or Pergamon Museum)
Visit the Kadewe Department Store in West Berlin for shopping
Time in the city for shopping and souvenirs
Entrance to Charlottenburg Palace
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
Twelve hour Berlin Highlights private tour excursion package (includes around six hours travel time from the port and back)
Accompaniment of one of our expert local guides for six hour tour of Berlin (English language)
Dedicated driver and transportation (premium quality German vehicle) including fuel costs & parking fees
Collection from port arrivals (driver will personally direct you to your vehicle)
Drop-off at port terminal at end of trip
Includes time for lunch break & seperate coffee/snack break (not included in price)
Includes time for photo breaks
Price includes VAT (19%)
Price includes Booking Fee
Price includes Mandatory German Tour Insurance
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
This tour does not include food/drink (unless requested)
This tour does not include entrance fees
We guarantee high quality German vehicles and driversSuch as Mercedes Benz Viano vans and S-Class saloons
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In the event you need to cancel your booking with us, we ask for at least two weeks hours notice. Tours booked within two weeks of the tour date are not eligible for cancellation.
We will refund the total amount (minus any transaction fees) if we receive an email cancellation request at least two weeks before the tour/s. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the tour date are not eligible for refunds.
In order to guarantee the best guides and transportation for our tours, we have a two-week cancellation deadline that means that guides who are scheduled for tours are compensated for their time (often allocated to mean that they are not able to accept other work on the days we book them). We offer our commitment to our transportation suppliers in the same manner. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances (for instance the ship being unable to dock), depending on the result of an insurance evaluation by our provider.
On the journey from the port to Berlin, your driver will take a short break to allow for a toilet visit and to grab a coffee/snack. When in Berlin, all our shore excursion tours account for about one hour for a lunch break (not included in the tour price) at a restaurant of your choice.
We recommend that you bring some Euros in change for the toilet break on the way from the port (toilets in Germany are usually serviced with turnstiles and cost 50 cents or 1€). When in Berlin it will be possible to visit an ATM to withdraw cash. Restaurants in Germany usually prefer cash payment although more and more have started to offer credit/debit card payment with VISA/Mastercard – American Express is strangely still no widely accepted. Foreign currency, such as dollars or pounds, will not be accepted by vendors in Germany.
We never recommend risking taking transportation to the city from the port, unless you are familiar with the country and the language already. This can be hazardous as the trip involves changing trains/hiring a car and the risk associated with these services. We believe that our tours are fairly priced and believe the experience is vastly improved with the luxury of a knowledgeable and professional driver and dedicated transport. However, should you prefer to book a tour in Berlin and arrive yourselves, we would be more than happy to accommodate – feel free to contact us via email (email@example.com).
Berlin is a relatively flat city and the streets are easy to navigate. Despite being the German capital, Berlin is also not nearly as busy as other cities of a similar calibre. All this means that touring can be relatively stress-free. We strive to make Berlin accessible to everyone, all we ask you to bring is a healthy curiosity. If you have any special requests, don’t hesitate to ask.
We always try to make sure our guests stay hydrated on tours, whether that’s making room for coffee or tea, but a bottle of water is always a worthy travel companion. We suggest consulting the weather report a few days before your tour – that can mean ski gloves or sun lotion depending on the time of year.
We cater for guests of all ages and can tailor all our tours accordingly.
Our guides and drivers will always work hard for you and tipping is a great way of them receiving immediate feedback. Gratuities are completely discretionary but always gratefully received.