Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany
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Approximately 12½ Hours
Your tour begins as you board the train for an approximately 2½ -hour escorted ride to Berlin. Enjoy a light snack and water along the way.
In Berlin, board a motorcoach with a local guide for a panoramic drive to view the city's main highlights. Snap photos of the remnants of the Berlin Wall and drive past Checkpoint Charlie -- the point separating East and West Berlin. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced off at this location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
Continue to 17th-century Gendarmenmarkt Square -- site of the twin French and German cathedrals and the Schauspielhaus (Concert Hall). Pass Unter den Linden Boulevard -- a tree-lined, east-west thoroughfare through the city of Berlin, the State Library, Alexanderplatz (a beautiful town square), and the Humboldt University -- Berlin's oldest university. Driving past Bebelplatz, you'll see the square where the burgeoning Nazi Party held its infamous book burning.
Head to your lunch venue, where an authentically German meal awaits you.
The Brandenburg Gate is the only remaining city gate of Berlin, and used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin. It has now come to symbolize German unity.
Stroll to see the Reichstag -- seat of the German parliament. Originally constructed to house the parliament of the newly founded German Empire, the glass dome designed by architect Sir Norman Foster is one of the city's major landmarks today.
Drive by the Victory Column -- a landmark that celebrates the military successes of Prussia over Denmark. Pass Bellevue Palace -- the official residence of the President of Germany -- and Congress Hall.
You have approximately 30 minutes of free time to stroll and shop along the broad, tree-lined Kurfürstendamm -- Germany's most famous shopping boulevard brimming with department stores, designer boutiques, shops, cafés, clubs and restaurants.
The Allied Museum traces the history of Cold War Berlin and commemorates the US, British and French presence in Berlin from 1945 to 1994. Here you'll find the original Checkpoint Charlie guardhouse, a Berlin Wall watchtower, an aircraft from the Berlin Airlift, and an American spy tunnel.
When it's time to call it a day, relax and enjoy the rail journey back to the ship. Your host will hand out a light snack and water.
This tour is not available by train on all sailings. Tour includes numerous photo stops where guests get off and on the coach. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Tour sequence may vary depending on traffic conditions. The train ride Warnemünde-Berlin-Warnemünde is air-conditioned. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars. Use of public restroom facilities costs 50 cents - €1 cash. Shops are closed on Sundays and holidays; a few souvenir shops may be open. Tour itinerary (tour order) can be adjusted according to the daily traffic situation.