Duration: 12 hours, in Berlin approx. 6 hours
Language: English, Spanish, Portuguese
Private vehicle & driver for the total duration of 12 hours
Professional English speaking tour guide for 6 hours in Berlin
Meals and drinks, Entrance fees, Guide assistance on the way to and from Berlin (the guide only joins the bus in Berlin)
Gratuities are welcomed
Please bring some change in EUR for toilet stops, beverages and for lunch.
In case of any questions please call our emergency number +7 812 930-65-74
09:00 – 12:00 Driving Warnemünde — Berlin with a restroom stop on the way
12:00 – 12:30 Meet your local Berlin guide at the Museum Island
12:30 – 13:30 The tour passes by Bebelplatz, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall and Topography of Terror
13:30 – 14:00 Photo stop at the Reichstag and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
14:00 – 14:30 Free time for lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Drive to Potsdam passing via West Berlin, passing by KaDeWe, Kurfürstendamm and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
15:30 – 18:00 On the way into Potsdam the tour visits the “Bridge of Spies”. In Potsdam, you will see the Dutch Quarter, Sanssouci Palace and Cecilienhof
18:00 – 21:00 Driving time from Berlin back to the ship with a restroom stop on the way
The private Berlin & Potsdam Shore Excursion starts directly in front of the cruise terminal. Your driver will meet you at the port and bring you to Berlin. In Berlin, you will be joined by one of our professional local guides and taken on a tour.
In Berlin, our tour begins on Museum Island. Here you will meet with your guide who will give you an overview of the history of Berlin. We will then drive down scenic Unter den Linden past the former ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’, Bebelplatz (the Book Burning Square), Gendarmenmarkt and, of course, Checkpoint Charlie. After a brief stop for photos the tour continues on to the Berlin Wall, the former headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, the Topography of Terror and Potsdamer Platz. In striking contrast to the sprawling Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe made up of 2,711 concrete stelae, a nondescript parking lot marks the site where Hitler took his own life in his bunker in April of 1945. Here, once again, you will get a chance to stretch your legs and take photos as you stroll through the Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and Pariser Platz as well as the German Parliament, the Reichstag.
After a brief stop for lunch, you will get back into your private vehicle to drive through the central park of Berlin, the Tiergarten. We will pass the Soviet War Memorial, the House of World Cultures, the Presidential Palace Bellevue, and the Victory Column on the way to the former American Sector. The bombed out Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the main attraction of West Berlin but you will also drive down Berlin’s main shopping boulevard — the Kurfürstendamm — and past the largest department store in continental Europe — the KaDeWe. From here you will get a chance to rest and recharge your batteries on the 45-minute drive to Potsdam.
It is no wonder Potsdam was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The regal city was mostly spared from the destruction caused by the Allied bombings during WWII and so its palaces, gardens, lakes and parks make it the ideal escape from the concrete jungle which is Berlin. On the way in we will see the notorious “Bridge of Spies” – Glienicke Bridge, best known for the exchange of spies, one of whom was Gary Powers, the U2 spy-plane pilot shot down in 1960. Once we arrive in the city, the tour starts in the old town where you will see the original Brandenburg Gate and the quaint pedestrian shopping area it has become famous for. The next stop is the Sanssouci Palace, built for Prussia’s most beloved monarch — Frederick the Great. The stunning gardens and Rococo architecture alone make this trip worthwhile! From here the tour continues past the Dutch Quarter to the Cecilienhof Palace — site of the Potsdam Conference of 1945. It was here that the zones of occupation in Germany and Berlin were finalised by the victorious powers.
After a full day of visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you will say goodbye to your guide and be whisked back to your ship in your comfortable private vehicle.
Please note that a 6-hour tour only allows for a very brief overview of Berlin and Potsdam. There will be no time for inside visits and a very short break for lunch.