Introduction to Rostock, Germany

The port of Rostock is situated a few miles along the coast from Warnemunde, and is the Baltic's largest port.

The port of Rostock is situated a few miles along the coast from Warnemunde, and is the Baltic's largest port.

From here, you could visit the picturesque Neuer Market (New Market Square) with the Town Hall and beautifully preserved and restored gable houses from the 15th and 16th centuries.  Receiving the highest number of cruise passengers in Germany, this port is a popular and exciting place to visit on your cruise holiday.

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EXCLUSIVE TOUR - BEST OF BERLIN & TRABANT SAFARI

This cruise tour incorporates some of the sightseeing of Cruise Tour A, but the highlight is the exclusive Trabant safari drive through Berlin.

 

Price£195.00-£205.00
DurationApproximately 13 hours
LimitationVery limited maximum
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

We leave Rostock by coach with an English-speaking escort for our journey to Berlin. The countryside of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is characterised by its hundreds of lakes and typical flatland. For our convenience a short restroom stop will be made. Arriving in Berlin we will leave the coach and meet our Trabant guide with our exclusive group.

The Trabant, or Trabi, was made in East Germany until 1990. It was the most common vehicle in East Germany and exported to many other countries. Due to the lack of aluminum, most of the car’s body is manufactured from plastic and the motorbike sized engine only allows a top speed of 60 mph. The Germans are very nostalgic about this vehicle and our convoy though the city will provide a real show. We will be introduced to our car and how to operate it, before setting off on our self-drive adventure with our guide leading and giving a radio commentary.

Sights we shall pass include the Alexander Platz Square, with Berlin’s Television Tower – the centre and heart of former East Berlin - Museum Island with the Dome of Berlin, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Brandenburg Gate and Gendarmenmarkt Square.

After lunch at a local restaurant we will rejoin our coach and head for Kurfürstendamm, the western city’s main boulevard. Here we find the Europa Center, the KaDeWe shopping mall and the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church. We travel east, passing the Victory Column and Tiergarten Park, along the Avenue of June 17th. Finally we reach the heart and centre of modern Germany – the Reichstag. Beside the recently built cupola by Sir Norman Foster, we will gather for a glass of sparkling wine on the garden terrace of one of Germany’s most well known restaurants. Usually it is not possible for groups to visit, but we can enjoy breathtaking views of the Pariser Platz with the Brandenburg Gate, and have a unique perspective of the building itself, as the restaurant is located right beside the Reichstag’s famous glass cupola. We will have the opportunity to walk up to the cupola, a technical and aesthetic masterpiece constructed from steel, glass and mirrors.

Our cruise tour recommences with sightseeing in the historic centre of Berlin. A short photo stop and walk is made at Potsdam Square. Next we pass Checkpoint Charlie (probably the world’s most notorious borderline) and Niederkirchner Straße, with huge remnants of the wall. We may take a photo of this once deadly ‘iron curtain’ before we begin our journey back to Rostock. (Our official guide leaves us in Berlin.)

During the return transfer to our cruise ship, whilst reflecting on an eventful and unforgettable day, we are served a cold dinner snack; a short comfort stop will be made.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This exclusive cruise tour is subject to a minimum number booking in order for it to go ahead. When one person books this cruise tour they should be aware that they will share a vehicle with another guest and may also share the driving. When two people book together they will share the vehicle and driving (if they wish). In all cases, those wanting to drive must show their valid driving licence on the day. Those adults wishing to book as passengers must book with another adult driver - there are no drivers available for guests not wanting to drive themselves. Children are permitted as passengers only, and must be booked with an accompanying adult driver. This is a strenuous cruise tour because of the duration. Walking is involved to photograph the Charlottenburg Palace, at the Reichstag and at Potsdam Square. The itinerary is subject to change depending on local conditions. An English-speaking escort will accompany us on the transfer to and from Berlin; an official guide will be present in the city. Lunch includes one local beer, glass of wine or soft drink, and one coffee or tea per person.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS.


TOUR A - BEST OF BERLIN

This exciting cruise tour programme starts upon arrival. We shall pass the Alexander Platz Square, with Berlin’s Television Tower – the centre and heart of former East Berlin.

Price£155.00-£165.00
DurationApproximately 13 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Before booking this tour, you may like to consider the following points:

* It is, because of coach, driver, escort, Berlin guide and lunch and refreshment costs, an expensive tour.

* The coach ride to and from Berlin is approximately 3 hours each way.

* We will leave the ship early and return late.

* On arrival in Berlin we will have around 2½ hours of sightseeing, traffic permitting, and approximately a further 3½ hours of touring after lunch, before commencing our return journey to Rostock.

* Due to the extensive construction occurring in Berlin, and the numerous congresses and special events taking place, it may be necessary to substitute one of the listed sights with another venue, or change the order of the sights visited. This is unfortunately beyond our control. Scaffolding may be in place on some of the buildings.

We leave Rostock by coach with an English-speaking escort for our journey to Berlin. The countryside of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is characterised by its hundreds of lakes and typical flatland. For our convenience a short restroom stop will be made. Arriving in Berlin’s outskirts we will pick up our official guide.

Our exciting tour programme starts upon arrival. We shall pass the Alexander Platz Square, with Berlin’s Television Tower – the centre and heart of former East Berlin. Passing Museum Island with the Dome of Berlin, we drive on to the Unter den Linden Boulevard towards Brandenburg Gate for a short photo stop. Next is the stunning Gendarmenmarkt Square for a photo stop, before we have lunch at a local restaurant.

We rejoin our coach and head for Kurfürstendamm, the western city’s main boulevard. Here we find the Europa Center, the KaDeWe shopping mall and the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church. We travel east, passing the Victory Column and Tiergarten Park, along the Avenue of June 17th. Finally we reach the heart and centre of modern Germany – the Reichstag. Beside the recently built cupola by Sir Norman Foster, we will gather for a glass of sparkling wine on the garden terrace of one of Germany’s most well known restaurants. Usually it is not possible for groups to visit, but we can enjoy breathtaking views of the Pariser Platz with the Brandenburg Gate, and have a unique perspective of the building itself, as the restaurant is located right beside the Reichstag’s famous glass cupola. We will have the opportunity to walk up to the cupola, a technical and aesthetic masterpiece constructed from steel, glass and mirrors.

Our tour recommences with sightseeing in the historic centre of Berlin. A short photo stop and walk is made at Potsdam Square. Next we pass Checkpoint Charlie (probably the world’s most notorious borderline) and Niederkirchner Straße, with huge remnants of the wall. We may take a photo of this once deadly ‘iron curtain’ before we begin our journey back to Rostock. (Our official guide leaves us in Berlin.)

During the return transfer, whilst reflecting on an eventful and unforgettable day, we are served a cold dinner snack; a short comfort stop will be made.

TOUR NOTES: This is a strenuous tour because of the duration. Walking is involved: at the Brandenburg Gate (approximately 200 metres/656 feet), at Gendarmenmarkt Square (approximately 50 metres/164 feet), a walk to photograph the Charlottenburg Palace, at the Reichstag and at Potsdam Square. The itinerary is subject to change depending on local conditions. An English-speaking escort will accompany us on the transfer to and from Berlin; an official guide will only be present during the city tour. Lunch includes one local beer, glass of wine or soft drink, and one coffee or tea per person.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES


TOUR B - THE MOLLI & THE MINSTER

Close to the Minster is the train station, from where we will enjoy a ride on the historic Molli narrow gauge steam train on this interesting cruise tour.

Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Leaving Rostock and our cruise ship, we begin a relaxing countryside tour. Driving through the typical flat landscape of former East Germany, passing several small villages, we will arrive in Bad Doberan. Here we shall visit the 700-year-old Minster, constructed of red bricks, and can also stroll through the park surrounding this lovely church. Inside, treasures from the 14th and 15th centuries are on view. With strong walls protecting the entire town, the Minster was once a bishop’s seat and a centre of religious and military power.

The journey on the steam train (which will last approximately 30 minutes) will be in classic carriages pulled by an antique locomotive. We will travel from Bad Doberan, along Europe’s oldest avenue of lime trees, to Kühlungsborn.

At Kühlungsborn, a resort with a beautiful beach, we will disembark the train and take a refreshment break at a seaside café. We will be served a slice of typical German cake and a cup of tea or coffee in one of the historic buildings along the romantic promenade (which we shall have some time to stroll along).

This concludes our cruise tour and we return by coach to our cruise ship in Rostock.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: There is a moderate amount of walking involved during this cruise tour – approximately 450 metres (1,500 feet) at the Minster; 150 metres (500 feet) plus six steps at the railway station; and 500 metres (1,650 feet) plus a few steps in Kühlungsborn. Not recommended for guests with limited mobility. There is likely to be steps to board the train, which is not equipped with air conditioning, PA system, or toilets. The Minster is subject to closure at short notice – in which case it would be viewed from the outside only. The order of the itinerary may differ from that described.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS.


TOUR C - FLAVOURS OF ROSTOCK

Walking from the pier in Rostock port with our guide, we board our tour boat nearby for a trip upstream on the River Warnow. We will view the city of Rostock and the port.

Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Walking from the pier in Rostock port with our guide, we board our tour boat nearby for a trip upstream on the River Warnow. We will view the city of Rostock and the port. The cruise will last approximately one hour.

We will then commence a city tour which concentrates on the centre with its centuries old red brick architecture. As the roads in the centre are very narrow and partly closed off to traffic, our visit to Rostock is conducted as a guided walking tour. We shall see the centuries old New Market, with the beautiful City Hall (outside view), and St Mary’s Church – Rostock’s landmark – at the Goat Market. A visit will be made inside the church, which has a unique astronomical clock. We will also view remnants of the old city walls – the Kröpeliner Gate and the Stone Gate – whose old towers guaranteed security in medieval times. The restoration of historic architecture, which has taken place since Germany’s reunification in 1990, combined with more modern features such as souvenir shops and romantic cafés make a visit to Rostock very worthwhile. We should have a little free time to wander by ourselves.

Continuing, we board our coach for a transfer to another highlight of the day – a farmers market that is well known in the area. Locals love to shop here. There is an immense choice of typical German products and goods common to the area such as cakes, wines, all kinds of local food and refreshments, as well as souvenirs. Since Rostock is located on the Baltic it is widely renowned for its seafood. In the market we will learn how fresh fish is smoked in ovens. Naturally we will not want to leave without a hearty sample of this delicacy, helped along with some schnapps.

Our final visit, following another short transfer, will be to a local microbrewery. Here we are shown the process of original German beer making. Beer is not only one of Germany’s best known products, but it is also a staple part of the nations’ diet! One of the master brewers will explain the brewing process, and we will be treated to samples of original German beer accompanied by typical bratwurst and sauerkraut and receive a beer glass as a souvenir.

We return to our awaiting ship by coach.

TOUR NOTES: We would like to point out that it is quite easy and economical to view Rostock independently, however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide and includes visits to a farmer’s market and micro brewery. This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility (difficult for wheelchair users). The walking tour of Rostock covers a distance of approximately two kilometres (one and a half miles), during which a certain pace is required and uneven ground may be encountered. (Please be aware that this is limited in content due to the small size of the city, which has not wholly recovered from 45 years under the socialist regime). The walking will include approximately – 220 metres (725 feet) to reach the boat and steps to get on and off it; over 100 metres (300 feet) of walking at the brewery as well as 10 steps to negotiate; and 500 metres (1,650 feet) of walking to make the most of the farmers market. For reference the tour boat will have toilet facilities but is not air-conditioned. The order of the itinerary may operate to a different order than that described.

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TOUR F - FORGOTTEN FISCHLAND

This cruise tour will take us east from Rostock and show us the surrounding countryside and villages.

Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

As this cruise tour is a coach and boat tour it is suitable for guests who prefer not to do much walking.

We shall travel by coach, with our guide, to the peninsular of Fischland-Darss. Following the coastline we will pass woods, fields and old fishing villages before embarking a boat to sail into the National Park. The shallow coastal waters of the Baltic mix with small creeks – creating a unique habitat. We will pass the Pütnitz Peninsula, where until 1945 the Kriegsmarine trained its pilots and during the Cold War Russian pilots were hidden from western espionage. As we travel across the lake we will be given information on the National Park by the captain and also be served with coffee and a slice of typical German cake. High ranking officers of the East German Secret Service (or Stasi) had their summer residences (datschas) in the area, which was exclusive to these families. Now the peninsular is a recreation and nature area – local birds and water birds should be seen, and we may be lucky enough to see fish eagles or even a grey Baltic seal.

Leaving our boat, we will have a little free time – the opportunity to perhaps visit the small but beautiful church amongst the thatched houses, or sample some local freshly smoked fish. After our time here we will rejoin our coach and make the return drive to Rostock and our awaiting cruise ship.

\CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour is by coach and boat – especially suitable for guests not wishing to have walking involved in their cruise tours. The only compulsory walking involved will be from our cruise ship to the coach, and the coach to the boat and vice versa – with optional walking during the free time at guests’ own discretion. The boat is boarded by gangway and to reach the lower deck there are three steps, and to the upper deck approximately eight steps. The crew are happy to assist guests if necessary. The boat has toilet facilities. We can not guarantee sightings of particular birds or wildlife. Please note that thiscruise  tour will operate in all weather conditions.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS.


TOUR G - TOP SECRET BUNKER TOUR

This unique cruise tour is a must for those interested in the military, or the history of the Cold War, although everything we will see and hear must be kept top secret!

Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the reunification of Germany, sites associated with the 40-year long Cold War and the division of the country into West and East Germany have become relics. One example of East Germany’s preparation for the so-called Third World War was the construction of highly specialised military bunkers. Unlike typical civilian air raid protection bunkers, Eastern Germany was littered with bunkers of every size and type serving a multitude of different agencies. Some of these bunkers already existed during World War II, but during the Cold War there was a new sense of urgency with a genuine belief that NATO would attack the country. This led to a new and unstoppable demand for protected accommodation for everyone in command, at any level. There were bunkers for the East German army, Soviet forces, the East German government and for the Stasi – the East German secret police.

On this cruise tour, we will visit a very special bunker complex of former East Germany, kept top secret and not identified by western secret services until it was passed to West German forces during reunification. It is the atomic attack-proof Troposphere Radio Command & Communications Bunker of Eichenthal. On arrival at the bunker complex we are treated as special guests. We will hear the guard dog barking and see the high voltage protection fence, which is still in use. No one is allowed to walk through the bunker site alone, so we will be guided to the entrance of the bunker – a very unique and mostly modern construction. The Bunker was created to ensure communication between headquarters and the divisional commanders, in the case of a NATO attack. Entering the bunker we hear all the machinery still working – pumps, air filters, radios and telecom equipment. We will experience what it was like to work and live in the bunker, which was designed to go ‘live’ – meaning atomic attack proof operational – within seconds! During our tour we will learn more about the use of the troposphere radio. At the end of tour, in the command post, we will then experience how it would have felt if the purpose this bunker was built for had become a terrifying reality....

Whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, we will be able to talk to a bunker specialist, there to answer our questions. There is a small souvenir area in the bunker to purchase mementoes, before rejoining our coach for the return transfer to Rostock.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those using wheelchairs. Anyone who suffers from claustrophobia should not participate. Guests must be physically fit to climb several staircases. The inside visit to the Bunker Site requires approximately 750 metres (2460 feet) of walking. It should be noted that photography is not permitted in the bunker. The souvenir shop offers unusual souvenirs. Please note that warm clothing is recommended for the inside visit of the bunker (temperatures are regularly 6–10°C) as well as flat and sturdy footwear.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2012 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISE HOLIDAYS.


Rostock, Germany Climate

The best time to visit Rostock is during Spring and Summer, where temperatures are usually between 10 and 20 degrees centigrade, with an average of 8 hours sunshine.

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