Best of Berlin by Train Guided in French

12.5 hours | Berlin (Warnemunde) | Z W D - 1 0 4
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AUD$ 449.95

Points of Interest

  • Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your tour begins as you board a chartered train for an approximately 2 ½ -hours ride to Berlin, enjoying a breakfast snack accompanied by water along the way.

Upon arriving, you'll board your motorcoach for a city drive to your first photo stop at 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.

Stop for a photo at Bebelplatz, you'll witness the square where the burgeoning Nazi Party held its infamous book burning. Next, you'll pass 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 exemplifying the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolize 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 for 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.

Special Notes:

***For the 2022 season, transportation on this excursion will operate via motorcoach, rather than by train, to provide a seamless experience for our guests.***

The train ride between Warnemünde and Berlin is approximately 2 ½ hours each way. The train is 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.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Partial guided tour at the Allied Museum

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:40
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
150
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Return to your ship by train

Transport type:
Train
Transport Capacity:
620
Travel time:
02:45
Steps:
4
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Photo stop for the Berlin Wall (remaining pieces)

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
60
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

City tour continued incl. Pass by of Checkpoint Charlie

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
100
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Photo stop for Gendarmenmarket

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Photo Stop at Bebelplatz and Unter den Linden Boulevard with Humboldt University

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:25
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Walking distance:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Guided city tour of West Berlin passing Victory Column, Congress Hall, Bellevue Palace

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
01:10
Restroom available:
No