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Introduction to Kiel, Germany

Kiel is a long-established maritime city, a position it has maintained in part at least because of its location at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal. 

Positioned at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal – the busiest man-made waterway in the world – Kiel is long-established maritime city with a busy seaport and deep history of ship and submarine building.

There is much more to Kiel than its port though. An interesting university town, Kiel has a very vibrant, youthful feel and is a truly exciting place to visit and explore. Almost completely destroyed in World War Two, Kiel has been extensively rebuilt since the 1950’s and now features broad boulevards and wide squares. There are several open-air cafes, plenty of bars and many restaurants to enjoy and impressive modern structures. Some older monuments such as the 13th century Nikolaikirche and Town Hall did survive the war and are worth a visit to understand how Kiel’s architecture has changed and developed. 

The viewing platform on top of the 107m tower of the Rathaus or city hall provides spectacular views, while another popular sightseeing spot is the Hindenburg Embankment alongside the waterfront. This is very popular as a vantage point during Kiel Week, when the town hosts the internationally famous Regatta.

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HAMBURG & CHRISTMAS MARKET - TOUR BX

  • Explore the highlights of this Hanseatic city
  • Discover the history and architecture
  • Visit the city’s most delightful Christmas Market
Price£95.00 - £110.00
DurationApprox. 8.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Founded over 1,000 years ago, Hamburg – which once belonged to the powerful Hanseatic League – has an impressive history. Explore with your guide and enjoy the traditional Christmas Market located outside the City Hall.

On arrival in Hamburg your tour starts in the city centre, with its mixture of ancient and modern architecture, numerous small shops mingling with larger, high class shopping arcades, and the Renaissance style City Hall. Onwards, pass the Stock Exchange, St Peter’s Church, the impressive ruins of St Nikolai Church, and the Inner and Outer Alster Lakes, with some of Hamburg’s finest residential areas.

Next is a stop at one of the city’s famous landmarks, St Michael’s Church. Leaving the church, proceed to the Kramer Amtsstuben, to see this complex of restored buildings, which are over 200 years old, situated in a narrow alleyway. Kramer Amtsstuben shows northern Germany’s city life in the early 18th century. A stop for lunch will be made at a local restaurant.

Refreshed, proceed to probably the most renowned feature of Hamburg – the Reeperbahn of St Pauli. Still one of the world’s biggest red-light districts, its image has much improved following the influx of cabarets, smash-hit shows and trendy restaurants. Today the Reeperbahn is a popular meeting point for people of all ages.

Your concluding visit is at one of the wonderful Christmas Markets for which Hamburg is renowned. The prettiest of these is the Roncalli Christmas Market. It provides a grand setting for the many huts laden with confectionery, toys and crafts. Your guide will share some of the many Christmas traditions of Hamburg and Germany, before free time to browse the stalls of this charming market. Nostalgic carousels bring a gleam to everyone’s eyes, not just the children’s.

After your insight into Hamburg, you return via the same route to Kiel.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves walking of approximately: 80 metres at St Michael’s Church, plus five steps at the entrance; 90 metres as well as some steps in the Kramer Amtsstuben and 50 metres, plus 15 steps, at the lunch venue. Lunch includes one soft drink, beer or glass of wine and one coffee or tea per person. The order of the sights seen may vary. The internal visit to St Michael’s Church can not be guaranteed due to the possibility of religious services taking place. The drive to Hamburg will take approximately one and three quarter hours each way.


HAMBURG CITY SIGHTS

• Explore the highlights of this Hanseatic city
• Discover the history and architecture
• See the world renowned Reeperbahn

Founded over 1,000 years ago, Hamburg – which once belonged to the powerful Hanseatic League – has an impressive history.

Price£95.00 - £105.00
DurationApprox. 8.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

• Explore the highlights of this Hanseatic city
• Discover the history and architecture
• See the world renowned Reeperbahn

Founded over 1,000 years ago, Hamburg – which once belonged to the powerful Hanseatic League – has an impressive history.

On arrival in Hamburg your tour starts in the city centre, with its mixture of ancient and modern architecture, numerous small shops mingling with larger, high class shopping arcades, and the Renaissance style City Hall. Pay a visit to City Hall, seat of Hamburg’s parliament, to view some of the beautiful and impressive rooms. Onwards, pass the Stock Exchange, St Peter’s Church, the impressive ruins of St Nikolai Church, and the Inner and Outer Alster Lakes, with some of Hamburg’s finest residential areas.

Your next visit will be to one of the city’s famous landmarks, St Michael’s Church. Leaving the church, proceed to the Kramer Amtsstuben, to see this complex of restored buildings, which are over 200 years old, situated in a narrow alleyway. Kramer Amtsstuben shows northern Germany’s city life in the early 18th century. You then stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

Refreshed, proceed to probably the most renowned feature of Hamburg – the Reeperbahn of St Pauli. Still one of the world’s biggest red-light districts, its image has much improved following the influx of cabarets, smash-hit shows and trendy restaurants. Today the Reeperbahn is a popular meeting point for people of all ages.

After your insight into Hamburg, you return via the same route to Kiel.

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves walking of approximately: 350 metres at City Hall, plus around 30 steps; 80 metres at St Michael’s Church, plus five steps at the entrance; and 50 metres, plus 15 steps, at the lunch venue as well as some steps in the Kramer Amtsstuben. Lunch includes one soft drink, beer or glass of wine and one coffee or tea per person. The order of the sights seen may vary. The visit to City Hall is subject to cancellation by the authorities without prior notice at any time and the internal visit to St Michael’s Church can not be guaranteed due to the possibility of religious services taking place. The drive to Hamburg will take approximately an hour and three quarters each way.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves walking of approximately: 350 metres at City Hall, plus around 30 steps; 80 metres at St Michael’s Church, plus five steps at the entrance; and 50 metres, plus 15 steps, at the lunch venue as well as some steps in the Kramer Amtsstuben. Lunch includes one soft drink, beer or glass of wine and one coffee or tea per person. The order of the sights seen may vary. The visit to City Hall is subject to cancellation by the authorities without prior notice at any time and the internal visit to St Michael’s Church can not be guaranteed due to the possibility of religious services taking place. The drive to Hamburg will take approximately an hour and three quarters each way.


KIEL WEEK - 28TH JUNE 2014

Kieler Wocher, or Kiel Week, is the largest sailing event in the world and we are fortunate to be in Kiel for this very special event.

THIS INFORMATION IS CORRECT FOR CRUISE M1418 ONLY

KIEL WEEK INFORMATION

Kieler Wocher, or Kiel Week, is the largest sailing event in the world and we are fortunate to be in Kiel for this very special event.

For over 30 years this summer festival has attracted both sailing fans and visitors. The event features approximately 2,000 boats with regattas in every Olympic discipline as well as other national and international boat classes.

From dry land you will be able to see the Tall Ships parade. Immerse yourself in the musical entertainment and an international street market, as well as having various delicious food and drink options.

More details on the day’s events will be given out onboard. We would like to stress that the town will be extremely busy on this day and there will be limited tours operating on 28th June.

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR CRUISE M1418 ONLY


Tall Ship, Kiel, Germany

KIEL WEEK - TALL SHIP EXPERIENCE

Kieler Wocher, or Kiel Week, is the largest sailing event in the world and we are fortunate to be in Kiel for this very special event.

 

Price£99.00
DurationApproximately 2 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

For over 30 years this summer festival has attracted both sailing fans and visitors. The event features approximately 2,000 boats with over 400 regattas in every Olympic discipline as well as other national and international boat classes and some of the world’s most beautiful tall ships - There's nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world, which is why the world descends on Kiel year after year.

Enjoy the opportunity to sail onboard a traditional private tall ship along the Kieler Fjord and experience how it must feel to take part in one of the biggest sailing events in the world. 

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Is this tour right for you?

There will be limited seating available onboard the tall ship, however we recommend standing as this gives you the best view of the famous sailing arena. Your sailing experience will last approximate two hours. There is a chance that a sailing event will not be taking place while we are sailing, however there will be many tall ships on the water. There are approximately 14 steps to encounter to get to the lower deck of the ship, therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests using wheelchairs. The ceiling height is between two and two and a half metres. Toilet facilities are available onboard. A glass of German sparking wine and a local snack is included. There is an opportunity to buy drinks onboard, however only cash (euro) is accepted. We are lucky enough to have two sailings – an afternoon departure (TPM) and an early evening departure (TEVE). This tour is non-refundable.

 


LUBECK CHRISTMAS MARKET & MARZIPAN - TOUR AX

  • Explore the UNESCO listed medieval town of Lübeck
  • Be enchanted by one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas Markets
  • Savour some of the famous marzipan made here
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApprox. 6.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Lübeck is a history-filled city and the ideal place to visit a traditional Christmas Market, as well as enjoying some of the famous marzipan accompanied by a cup of coffee.

Begin with a short tour of Kiel and further sightseeing en route to Lübeck, as the countryside of Schleswig-Holstein and typical northern German flatland passes by. Upon arrival in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, begin your tour of the city with a short orientation drive, passing Lübeck's landmark – the twin towered Holsten Gate, part of the old walled defence – and see the impressive centuries old salt warehouses – source of Lübeck's importance and prosperity dating back to the Middle Ages and the Hanseatic League. To protect Lübeck's beautiful and unique medieval town centre from deterioration, the whole centre is closed off to traffic. Therefore, you leave your coach to undertake a guided walking tour.

Places visited will include the historic Town Hall with its beautiful market square, the gothic St Mary's Church and the Buddenbrook House of the Nobel Prize winning author Thomas Mann. You will also see St Peter's and St Jacob's Churches, built in the red brick style of Northern Germany. Your guide will give explanations about the history and architecture of the visited sights, before you are invited to taste a piece of typical Marzipan Cake, accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea.

You then have time to browse the beautiful Christmas Market on City Hall Square. Shop for charming Christmas decorations and traditional souvenirs, or try a “Glühwein” – the notorious “glowing-wine” served hot with or without Schnapps (refreshment here not included).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 WINTER CRUISE CALLS

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We do not recommend this tour for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It should be stressed that during the walking tour, a certain pace is required to keep with the group, and no time for extended waiting or sitting is possible. Walking is partly on uneven and sloped cobblestone roads with the total distance covered approximately three kilometres and there are steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended. The order of the itinerary may differ from that described.


Glass factory, Travemunde, Germany

Tour A - Highlights of Holstein

 

  • Relax as you travel through the German countryside
  • Visit Gottorf Castle
  • Discover the medieval village of Holm
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy a trip through the countryside of Schleswig-Holstein, which is the only German Federal State bordered by two seas and Germany’s border to Denmark. This county consists of seven islands, two seas, 300 lakes and the world’s busiest artificial waterway; the Kiel Canal.

From the quayside in Kiel, set off to experience the unique scenery of Schleswig-Holstein with its variations of rolling hills, marsh, coastal and sandy heathland (the term ‘Holstein’ derives from Old Saxon, meaning ‘the land of those who dwell in the wood’).

Start with a brief panoramic overview of Kiel to see the highlights of this beautiful city, before making your way into the countryside. Schleswig-Holstein combines Danish and German aspects of culture – farms and castles in the countryside are the best example for this tradition.

Your panoramic tour will bring you to Gottorf Castle, situated on an island in the firth of Schlei, about 40 kilometre from the Baltic Sea. Gottorf Castle, a museum today, is the ancestral home of the Holstein-Gottorf branch of the House of Oldenburg, a royal dynasty and once the residence of the local rulers. Here you will pay an inside visit to the State Archaeological Museum which is an archive for 120,000 years of history in the state and a showcase for current research. During your visit you will “meet” The Osterby Man or the Osterby Head which is a  bog body of which only the skull and hair survived. It was discovered in 1948 by peat cutters to the southeast of  Osterby, Germany, not far from the castle. The hair is tied in a Suebian Knot  suggesting the body dates back to the late Iron Age or Roman Period.

After this visit you will continue your tour to Schleswig, a city that lies in the bay of the Schlei, an inlet of the Baltic Sea, before paying a short visit to the quaint fishing village Holm, located just outside Schleswig. Here you will have a brief photo stop and use the opportunity to gain a glimpse of this unique medieval village’s town centre, which consists of a cemetery surrounded by traditional fisherman houses before your return journey back to Kiel and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a moderate amount of walking; therefore, we do not recommend this tour to guests with walking difficulties. Guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach on their own. Though the museum tour is conducted in English, the Museum Exhibitions are displayed in German only.


TOUR C - OPEN AIR MUSEUM

  • Discover the sights of Kiel
  • Glimpse village life at the Molfsee Open Air Museum
  • Enjoy a tasting of locally produced food
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

After a brief sightseeing tour of Kiel, located on the Bay of Kiel and the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, you travel to the Open Air Museum at Molfsee. Enjoy an insight into the rural history, countryside architecture and local crafts from the last 150 years.

Over 60 different rural objects and numerous other artefacts are on display and farmhouses, smoking huts, barns, silos, wind and water mills from the area have been rebuilt here. Craftsmen and women in traditional dress, such as baker, potter, blacksmith, and weaver, will introduce you to their professions and explain the various processes while working on their products. Displays of cloth, pottery, furniture, tools and more add a very authentic touch.

You can enjoy a guided tour of the Museum. Throughout your guide will explain the different rural styles seen and also tell you about the local farming history. You will probably see geese, and may see livestock, running free as you walk around. In one of the farmhouses you will then have a taste of local appetisers. These should include cheese, sausages and bread and a cold drink. Coffee will also be available to purchase should you so wish.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, as it involves approximately two miles of walking over partly uneven ground. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Time permitting you should have a short amount of time at leisure. There is a small souvenir shop on site. Please note that the local craftspeople are open at their own discretion so it cannot be guaranteed which, if any, will be working when you visit. Local food may vary from that shown, and please note that the cheese is not made at the Museum dairy due to hygiene reasons. Please note that the journey time to/from the Museum will be approximately 30 minutes each way.


TOUR D - INTERNATIONAL NAVAL MEMORIAL LABOE

  • See the moving Naval Memorial in Laboe
  • Choose whether to climb the memorial’s tower for terrific views
  • Visit the Museum and submarine from World War II
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

This tour will be of special interest to naval and military history fans, as you will visit the Laboe Naval Memorial.

Begin with a short sightseeing tour of Kiel, before proceeding through the picturesque landscape of Schleswig-Holstein, driving close to the Bay of Kiel as well as passing several small villages typical of northern Germany, on your way to the International Naval Memorial in Laboe.

Laboe is situated on the Baltic Sea and any ship passing through the Kiel Canal, which connects the Baltic and North Sea, will pass the memorial. Close by, U-995, the last original type VII World War II submarine, can be found. An 85 metre high tower marks the memorial for the fallen sailors at sea. This impressive memorial not only serves to remember, but also gives a detailed explanation on the naval warfare throughout German history. The tower itself is known by many international sailors. Partly submerged underground, the large hall telling the story of naval warfare was finished in 1934. At first it was a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the German Kriegsmarine but since 1952, when more peaceful thoughts were introduced to the site, it also serves as a memorial for international sailors lost at sea. Today Laboe is more then just a memorial for the fallen seamen, it is now a renowned meeting point for the global sailing community, serving both in peace and war times. This can clearly be seen in the Hall of Memories where many wreaths from all over the world can be found.

You will be able to see detailed charts from the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and maps of submarine operations between 1939 and 1945. There is also a collection of warship models from both Wold Wars and other items such as original sea mines and ships propellers. After your visit to the museum, you have the choice of either viewing the inside of U-995 on the beach below or alternatively can climb the memorial’s tower which offers terrific views of the Bay of Kiel and surrounding Schleswig-Holstein.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a walk of approximately 500 metres from the coach to the Museum, 160 metres to the tower, plus nine steps, and 30 metres, plus 60 steps, inside the Museum. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The optional visits during the time at leisure will also involve many steps but the guide will be able to advise you further. There are toilet facilities at the Museum.

 


Tour E - City Sightseeing of Kiel

  • Enjoy the highlights of Kiel from the comfort of your coach
  • Visit the entrance to the Kiel Canal
  • Discover a World War 2 bunker
Price£20.00-£30.00
DurationApproximately 1 1/2 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Discover the charms of Kiel at a glance on a panoramic tour of the city.

Embark on a panoramic drive passing by the old town and the Kiel fjord promenade, which is deemed the unofficial heart of the city. En-route, you will pass Germany’s first ever pedestrian precinct, Holstenstraße which opened in 1951 and is today one of the most popular shopping miles.

Enjoy a stop for photos at the entrance to the Kiel Canal. View the sluices that regulate the world’s busiest artificial waterway, stretching for almost 100 kilometre from Kiel to Brunsbüttel, linking the Baltic Sea with the North Sea.

You will also see the T-750 Flandernbunker, one of 120 of its kind, used during World War II to protect up to 750 people. The bunker was partially destroyed by Allied forces after the war to prevent its further use. Enjoy a glimpse of the city’s world renowned university, an integral part of Kiel’s maritime tradition, specialising in scientific marine research. It was here where the famous scientists, Max Planck and Heinrich Hertz led the way for a new generation of young scientists.  

Heading out to the more rural east, admire the small villages that line the fjord and enjoy beautiful views over the fjord to your ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, however all guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach unaided.

 


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