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Best of Kiel: 6-hour Shore Excursion with a Bus

This tour starts at the cruise ship port of Kiel. Visit Kiel's essential highlights and then journey up and down the magnificent Kiel Fjord.

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Journey up and down the Kiel Fjord on this 6-hour bus tour. Your bus and your guide will meet you at your ship’s docking point, the Ostseekai, before you set off for a day jam-packed with all that Kiel and its surrounds have to offer. You will cruise past Germany’s largest shipyard, the HDW, with its mammoth gantry cranes, through the government district and past the old Olympic Port and Tirpitz Harbour into the Maritime Centre. Next we cross the Kiel Canal for breathtaking views of the big ships in their lock chambers and on up to the waterway’s stunning Sailing Centre before stopping off at the Holtenauer Lighthouse. We will also step back into a time when Kiel was the heart of Nazi Germany’s fearsome Kriegsmarine at a dry-docked WWII submarine (€10 entry for adults). The tour includes 1.5 hours free time for lunch and shopping and will return you to your ship at the end. 

What's included

  • Professional, local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
  • Museum entry costs



You will be met by your professional, local guide and driver directly at your ships docking point.



First we cruise past Germany’s largest shipyard and marvel at its mammoth gantry cranes towards the city’s government district.


Olympic Port

Next we head north up the Kiel Fjord to visit the site of the 1972 Olympics sailing competitions.


Kiel Sailing Center

While at the Olympic Harbour time will also be taken to visit Kiel’s nationally renowned sailing center.


Tirpitz Harbour

Driving south again we stop off at the historical heart of Germany’s naval forces.


Kiel Old Town

We will then stop off in Kiel Old Town to explore the historic marketplace, see the Town Hall, and the Nicholas Church. You will have roughly 1.5 hours free time to explore on your own.


Kiel Canal

Back on the bus we cross Kiel’s primary man-made waterway for breathtaking views of enormous ships in their lock chambers.


Holtenauer Lighthouse

We then stop at one of the most beautiful lighthouses in all of Germany, built under the rule of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and rub shoulders with real sailors in their leisure time.


Submarine U-995

Finally you will have the chance to visit the museum housed inside a dry-docked WWII submarine, for a fascinating insight into the Kriegsmarine – Nazi Germany’s naval force.


Your guide will then accompany you as you are driven back to your ship.

Important Information

This tour starts and ends directly at your cruise ship. 


Cancellation policy:

- For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance.

- For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.

- Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.

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