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Private Berlin Shopping and History Shore Excursion from Warnemünde and Rostock

See the best of Berlin from the comfort of your own private vehicle, and then shop until you drop in the city’s slickest department and concept stores.

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This semi-private shore excursion is for those who want an overview of Berlin’s history and most important monuments, and also to spend some time shopping in the German capital’s slickest stores and districts.

You will be greeted in front of your cruise ship as soon as it docks and shown to a modern, comfortable and air-conditioned bus. Your professional driver will then transfer you through the picturesque flatlands of former East Germany to Berlin.

When you reach the city you will be met at the stunning Schloss Charlottenburg by a professional English speaking tour guide (we hire only the best) and your own private vehicle and driver for the Berlin portion of the tour. You will then be driven in comfort and luxury through former West Berlin. You will drive down the Kurfürstendamm and past the ruined tower of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on your way to KaDeWe – Europe’s second largest department store. Here we spend some time browsing 5 floors of luxury and cutting edge fashions, and then stop for lunch at the food court – considered one of the finest on the continent.

Next you will be driven into Berlin’s historical centre to see the city’s most important sites – including the Reichstag, the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the site of Hitler’s Bunker, and more. During the final portion of the tour you will be driven to Mulackstraße to explore some of Berlin’s most exciting contemporary concept and fashion stores.

Because you have your own private vehicle in the city, we can tailor the Berlin portion of the tour to your wishes. If there’s anywhere you’d like to go, or something you’d like to do, just tell us and we can adjust the itinerary accordingly. At the end of the tour you will rejoin your original bus to be transferred back to port.

All of our shore excursions are adjusted to each ship’s docking times and each starts promptly after your vessel’s arrival, returning with plenty of time to spare before its departure. We have been organizing shore excursions for nearly a decade and have never missed a cruise ship’s departure. All you need to do is sit back, stress-free, and enjoy the ride.

Sights Included: Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Jewish Memorial, Site of Hitler’s Bunker, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Charlottenburg Palace, Tiergarten, KaDeWe Department Store and more…

What's included

  • Professional, local guide
  • Private, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
  • Museum entry fees (none required for the tour)


Warnemünde/Rostock Port

Time: 3 Hours

The tour begins with a pickup directly at your ship’s docking port. You will be escorted to a modern air-conditioned bus and driven to Berlin – the journey takes roughly 3 hours.


Charlottenburg Palace

Arriving at the palace you will be met by your professional, English-speaking tour guide and your own private vehicle and driver for the Berlin portion of the tour.



Driving through the former British Sector, you will cruise down the Kurfürstendamm – Berlin’s Champs-Élysées.


Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

We then witness the devastation caused by US and British bombing raids during WWII as you drive past the preserved ruins of this late 19th-century church.



Next it’s time to shop until you drop in Europe's second largest department store – 7 floors and 60,000 square meters of luxury and cutting edge fashions – and enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the world-famous food court.



You will then be driven through the lush greenery of Berlin's vast central park.


Victory Column

Make sure you have your camera ready to catch the sun glinting on the golden angel Victoria, goddess of victory, as you circle around Prussia's emphatic monument to its triumphs in the Wars of Unification.



After our snack we reach the German parliament building – burned down after Hitler’s rise to power, now a bold symbol of modern German democracy. Here we will exit the vehicle and spend the next portion of the tour on foot.


Brandenburg Gate

We then walk through the gateways of Berlin's most iconic monument and find out what makes the Gate the most important cultural monument in Germany.


Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

After taking plenty of time for pictures we journey through the iconic field of concrete blocks, bear witness the atrocities of National Socialism.


Site of Hitler’s Bunker

A short walk from the memorial you will find the site of the bunker where history's most notorious criminal committed suicide at the end of WWII.


The Berlin Wall/Topography of Terror

We then head to the dark heart of Nazi Germany at the former headquarters of the SS and Gestapo. You will also come face-to-face with the Cold War's most brutal symbol: The Berlin Wall.


Checkpoint Charlie

Now it’s time to cross between East and West at the most famous border crossing point over the Berlin Wall, frontline of the Cold War, where spies roamed and US and Soviet tanks faced off in 1961. We’ll spend some time shopping for souvenirs.


Unter den Linden

Next we cruise down Berlin's most important historical boulevard – the city’s royal mile – on our way to the next shopping stop.



Lastly you’ll have plenty of time to explore some of Berlin's most exciting independent, contemporary concept and fashion stores on one of the city centre’s chic streets.


Charlottenburg Palace

We end the Berlin portion of the tour back at the Charlottenburg Palace. Your guide will leave you at this point and you will rejoin the original bus and be driven back to port.

Warnemünde/Rostock Port

The tour finishes back at port in plenty of time for your ship’s departure.

Important Information

You will be picked up directly in front of your cruise ship.

Tour times are adjusted to your ship’s docking times. In the event of heavy traffic, road blockages, special events, or unforeseen circumstances the tour itinerary may be subject to change. We cannot take responsibility for such incidents and refunds will not be provided.

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off back at your cruise ship.


Starting times of the semi-private tour option in the 2024 season:

Friday, May 10, 2024                  7 : 30     - ms Nieuw Statendam
Monday, May 20, 2024              7 : 30     - Norwegian Getaway
Tuesday, May 28, 2024              8 : 30     - Celebrity Silhouette
Wednesday, May 29, 2024        7 : 30     - ms Zuiderdam
Thursday, May 30, 2024             7 : 30     - Norwegian Dawn
Wednesday, June 5, 2024         8 : 30    - Sky Princess
Wednesday, June 12, 2024        9 : 30     - Coral Princess
Thursday, June 13, 2024             7 : 30     - Norwegian Dawn and Celebrity Silhouette
Wednesday, June 19, 2024        7 : 00     - Norwegian Dawn
Thursday, July 4, 2024                8 : 30     - Caribbean Princess
Saturday, July 13, 2024               7 : 30     - Celebrity Silhouette
Tuesday, July 16, 2024                7 : 30     - Norwegian Dawn (11-hour tour)
Saturday, July 20, 2024              7 : 30    - Oceania Marina
Wednesday, July 24, 2024         8 : 30     - Sky Princess
Sunday, July 28, 2024                 9 : 30     - Oceania Nautica
Tuesday, July 30, 2024                8 : 30    - Serenade Of The Seas
Sunday, August 4, 2024              7 : 30     - Carnival Legend
Wednesday, August 14, 2024     7 : 00     - Oceania Insignia
Sunday, August 18, 2024             9 : 30     - Celebrity Silhouette
Sunday, September 8, 2024       7 : 00     - Norwegian Dawn
Tuesday, September 17, 2024     7 : 30     - Oceania Sirena
Friday, September 20, 2024       8 : 30     - Norwegian Dawn and  Oceania Sirena
Wednesday, October 2, 2024     7 : 30     - ms Rotterdam
Friday, October 4, 2024               7 : 30    - Oceania  Sirena
Tuesday, October 15, 2024         6 : 30     - Norwegian Star


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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