Best of Berlin by Train

ZWD-100 | Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany | See Special Notes

from $329.95*

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Brandenburg Gate/Reichstag Brandenburg Gate/Reichstag
  • Allied Museum
  • Gendarmenmarkt
  • Bebelplatz

You will see:

  • Checkpoint Charlie/Berlin Wall Checkpoint Charlie/Berlin Wall
  • WWII Memorial

Moderate Includes meal Shopping

Excursion Length:
Approx. 12.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 40

Tour Overview

Your tour begins as you board a chartered train for an approximately 2 ½ -hour ride to Berlin, enjoying a homemade chocolate cookie accompanied by tea and coffee along the way.

Upon arriving, you'll board your motorcoach for a city drive to your first photo stop to one of the few surviving pieces of the Berlin Wall.

Keep your camera ready for Checkpoint Charlie, the former border control point separating east and west, and for some East Germans, a gateway to freedom. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced off at this location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.

You'll continue to Gendarmenmarket, a 17th-century square, the site of the twin French and German cathedrals and the Concert Hall, a masterpiece of German classical architecture. Next, you'll pass Unter den Linden Boulevard, a tree-lined, east-west thoroughfare through the city of Berlin, and witness such sites as the State Library and Humboldt University, Berlin's oldest university.

Photo stop at Bebelplatz, you'll witness the square where the burgeoning Nazi Party held its infamous book burning. Next, you'll pass by the WWII Memorial, featuring Käthe Kollwitz's emotionally moving sculpture of a mother and her dying son.

You'll head to a five-star hotel where a luncheon awaits you. After an authentic German meal, you'll make your way to your next photo stop, the Brandenburg Gate. As the only remaining city gate of Berlin, formerly a symbol of the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate has now come to denote German unity.

Just a short stroll away is the Reichstag. Originally constructed to house the parliament of the newly founded German Empire, the contemporary glass dome designed by architect Sir Norman Foster is one of the city's major landmarks today.

You'll drive by the Victory Column, a landmark that celebrates the military successes of Prussia over Denmark, Austria and France, and pass Bellevue Palace, the official headquarters of the President of Germany, and Congress Hall.

Now it's time to shop 'til you drop on Kurfurstendamm, Germany's most famous shopping boulevard. You're free to stroll along the broad, tree-lined avenue, boasting luxury department stores, designer boutiques, shops, cafes, clubs and restaurants.

As your tour winds down, you'll board your motorcoach and pass by Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, an anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation, on your way to the Allied Museum. The museum commemorates the U.S., British and French presence in Berlin from 1945 to 1994, tracing the history of Cold War Berlin. Here you'll find the original Checkpoint Charlie guardhouse, a Berlin Wall watchtower, a plane from the Berlin Airlift, and an American spy tunnel.

When it's time to call it a day, you'll travel back to the train station. On the train your host will hand out a snack box and water. Additional drinks can be purchased from the trolley service during the train ride back to the pier.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

The train ride between Warnemünde and Berlin is approximately 2 ½ hours each way. The train is not air-conditioned. This tour is not available to passengers beginning or ending their cruise in Warnemunde. Tour sequences may vary to avoid congestions at venues.
The coach for the city tour is equipped with seat belts, guests are required to use them. Guests may not stay on the coach during free time. The tour runs during all weather conditions. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain.
It is advisable to bring some small change of Euro coins as some shops do not accept other currencies nor Credit Cards for small purchases (furthermore, guests may have to pay for public bathroom facilities, usually between 50,- cents and 1,-Euro pp). Shopping location may vary as most shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays. Only a few souvenir shops may be open.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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