Kiel (Hamburg), Germany
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Approximately 8½ Hours
A 90-minute escorted journey by coach brings you to the Hanseatic City of Hamburg -- Germany's second-largest metropolis and one of Europe's largest ports. With office buildings, promenades, upscale shopping malls, elegant and cosmopolitan Hamburg is now a destination city for Europeans and for visitors from further afield. The magical aura of far-away places is still alive in the Warehouse Quarter with its little canals, but Hamburg is also Germany's greenest city with many spacious lawns and lovely parks. Meet your city guide and set out on a panoramic drive through this bustling city, passing the City Hall and Germany's oldest Stock Exchange.
Watch for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Speicherstadt -- a century-old warehouse quarter built in Gothic redbrick architecture and housing fine spices, coffee and tea from all over the world. View the modern HafenCity district with its Elbphilharmonie and drive through the Aussen-Alster upscale residential area, complete with consulates and businesses.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Visit the former Neuengamme Concentration Camp -- the main concentration camp of Northern Germany during World War II. It lies approximately 45 minutes from the center of Hamburg and was a camp that provided labor for the armaments industry, set up for the purpose of extermination through work. In January of 1945, there were about 50,000 prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentration Camp system, including almost 10,000 women. Neuengamme included about 60 sub-camps spread over northwestern Germany with more than 20 camps in Hamburg alone. After a short introduction of approximately 30 minutes, you will have time to explore the camp on your own.
It is the hope of the local people that your visit here will continue to encourage enlightenment through the documentation of the events at this memorial museum. As Winston Churchill said, "The further backward you can look, the further forward you are likely to see."
Travel time to Hamburg is 90 minutes each way. The transfer to/from Hamburg is escorted. A local guide will join you in Hamburg. Tour requires considerable walking over uneven surfaces and cobblestone; not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Special meal requests must be advised on board the ship one day prior to the tour, so that the lunch can be adjusted according your needs. Please note that the inside visit of the Neuengamme concentration camp will be supported with whisper systems. Bring euros (€), as most shops do not accept US currency or credit cards for small purchases. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50¢ - €1. Shops are closed on Sundays and bank holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. The order of sights visited may vary.