Hamburg, Germany - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

Established by Charlemagne, Hamburg owes much of its architecture to the rebuilding done in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after a massive fire. World War II also inflicted severe damage, but the city's medieval character is still evident thanks to post-war restorations. Water is a wonderful feature here – as you’ll notice when you arrive along the River Elbe, investigate quirky historic districts by canal and glide past highly desirable addresses lining the Alster lakes.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Lübeck and Niederegger

    Explore the beautiful medieval town of Lübeck and enjoy a taste of Germany’s finest marzipan.

    Lübeck and Niederegger

    Once known as the ‘Queen of the Hanseatic League’, Lübeck is steeped in history and tradition and is, quite simply, beautiful. The old town on its oval island is one of the most impressive, intact examples of medieval Gothic architecture.

    Upon arrival, enjoy a guided walk of the Altstadt (old city) with the Holsten Gate. Pass by St Marien Church and the Gothic Rathaus, one of the oldest in Germany. You’ll continue past the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, as well as the Buddenbrooks House, home of the famous writers Heinrich and Thomas Mann, both born in Lübeck. Another fascinating attraction that you will see is one of the 82 quaint “Wohngaenge” (alleyways), which are renowned in the town.

    Visit the famous Café Niederegger, where you may enjoy coffee or tea and Niederegger’s popular marzipan gateau. There will also be time for you to stock up on Niederegger’s large selection of chocolate-coated marzipan.



    Journey time to Lübeck is estimated at 75 to 90 minutes each way. There is approximately 2 hours’ walking included throughout the guided walk within this tour, with steps and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable, walking shoes are recommended. Whilst comfort stops at restaurants are usually free of charge, a donation is common. Please be aware that there is usually a charge of approximately Euro 50 cents at public facilities. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

    Tour code

    HAM_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Medieval Lüneburg

    Visit the medieval town of Lüneburg, situated on the River Ilmenau and discover this treasure, located south of Hamburg.

    Medieval Lüneburg

    Enjoy an orientation drive of Hamburg including many of the city sights before transferring to Lüneburg.

    Lüneburg city is rich in tradition and historically connected with salt – the ‘white gold’ of the Middle Ages. The salt mines made Lüneburg a rich and powerful town and an important member of the Hanseatic League. To fully appreciate the beauty, take a tour of the Old Town on foot. The many important historical buildings testify to the prosperity of the city in the Middle Ages. Even today, salt plays an important role in Lüneburg’s status as a spa town; many illnesses are treated through salt and water therapies.

    During your walk through the city and small cobbled alleyways, you will see buildings such as the historical town hall Rathaus, which was built around 1240.

    Enjoy some free time, exploring the medieval, quaint town centre with its numerous shops.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Journey time to Luneburg is estimated at 45-60 minutes each way. The orientation drive of Hamburg will be around 30-45 minutes. There is approximately two hours of walking included on this tour with steps. Flat, comfortable, walking shoes are recommended. Whilst comfort stops at restaurants are usually free of charge, a donation is common. Please be aware that there is usually a charge of approximately Euro 50 cents at public facilities. Please note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

    Tour code

    HAM_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours

  • A Summer's Night in Hamburg

    Enjoy an evening in Hamburg, see the sights and sample the famous German hospitality at a traditional brewery.

    A Summer's Night in Hamburg

    Sit back and relax as your guide hosts you on a panoramic drive around Hamburg. Have your camera to hand, as you pass by many of the City’s highlights including the century old Warehouse Quarter, Speicherstadt, City Hall and the Aussen-Alster, the top address in Hamburg where numerous consulates are located.

    Enjoy a guided stroll through the infamous Reeperbahn, also known as St Pauli, Hamburg’s ‘red-light district’ as well as the theatre and nightlife mile. Your next stop is at one of the many breweries, a traditional German pub, to sample a stein of the locally produced beer

    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes approximately 40 minutes of walking over flat ground, with several steps to negotiate at the brewery.

    Tour code

    HAM_026

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • The Beatles, Beer & Bratwurst

    ‘Come Together’ and follow in the famous footsteps of The Beatles and discover where the band first found fame in the early 1960’s.

    The Beatles, Beer & Bratwurst

    Sit back, relax and enjoy your ‘Ticket to Ride’ as you follow on the trail of the ‘Fab Four’ in Hamburg. Have your camera at the ready as you pass by many of the City’s highlights including the century old Warehouse Quarter, Speicherstadt, City Hall and the Aussen-Alster, the top address in Hamburg where numerous consulates are located. You’ll also see the infamous Reeperbahn, also known as St Pauli, Hamburg’s ‘red-light district’ as well as the theatre and nightlife mile.

    Your guide will host you on a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ to discover where the band first found fame and enjoy some tales about their early experiences. On the 18th August 1960, the band played their first concert as ‘The Beatles’ at the Indra Club.

    As it’s been a ‘Hard Day’s Night’, you’ll enjoy a brief stop at a typical German “Imbiss” (standing room only bar), where you’ll sample a tasty traditional “Bratwurst” to go.

    Enjoy a German beer at a local pub or brewery, before you have to ‘Get Back’ to your ship.

    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port of call.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour includes approximately 1½ hours of walking plus time spent standing at the Imbiss, as there is no seating area within the venue. Please note that the Reeperbahn area may offend those passengers of a more sensitive nature; street-people, women soliciting, and individuals under the influence of alcohol may be present.

    Tour code

    HAM_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Snapshot of Hamburg

    This trip presents an ideal insight into Hamburg, the ‘Free and Hanseatic City’ and Germany’s second largest city after Berlin.

    Snapshot of Hamburg

    Hamburg is one of Europe’s biggest ports. Elegant and cosmopolitan it is a city of palatial office buildings, magnificent promenades, international musicals and extravagant shopping malls as well as the famous Reeperbahn. Hamburg is also Germany’s greenest city with many spacious lawns and lovely parks.

    Enjoy a panoramic tour showing you the highlights of this bustling city, such as the City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange; the Speicherstadt; as well as the Jungfernstieg, one of the elegant and luxury shopping areas. Your journey continues through the Aussenalster, deemed one of the most desirable areas of Hamburg.

    Continue your journey along the world famous Reeperbahn, where at the beginning of the 17th century, the Reepers made rigs. Nowadays this street, together with the Grosse Freiheit and Herbert Strasse, are referred to as ‘the mile of sin’.

    Visit St Michael’s Church, also known as the ‘Michel’ by the locals. This is the largest north German Baroque church and Hamburg’s main landmark. St Michael’s has four organs, one of which is said to be the largest in the world inside a church. During your visit, you will be treated to a wonderful organ recital to appreciate the excellent acoustics of the church.

    Before returning to the ship you will take a leisurely stroll through the Krameramtsstuben, which was an earlier form of widow housing.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port.  Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is mainly panoramic, with only an estimated 30 minutes of walking, including a few steps at the Church.

    Tour code

    HAM_021

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Jewish Hamburg & Former Concentration Camp

    Discover Hamburg’s Jewish heritage and visit a former Concentration Camp, commemorating the lives of those who died in the Holocaust.

    Jewish Hamburg & Former Concentration Camp

    Your morning starts with a panoramic tour of Hamburg, where for more than 400 years the Jewish community have influenced the city’s development. En route you will pass by some of the main highlights including City Hall, Germany’s oldest Stock Exchange, and the old warehouse quarter, which was built in Gothic redbrick architecture and houses fine spices, coffee and tea from all over the world. You will also pass through the elegant shopping area of Jungfernstieg.

    During your panoramic tour, you will pass by the Jewish Cemetery that dates back to the early 1600’s, as well as the site where the new synagogue stood, until its destruction during World War II. The site is now Hamburg’s Holocaust Memorial, where a voluntary group works towards ‘a world without hate’.

    Situated outside Hamburg is the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. The historical site commemorates over 100,000 people who were imprisoned in the largest concentration camp in north west Germany during World War II. Time permitting, free time will be given at the main exhibition entitled ‘Traces of History: Neuengamme Concentration Camp 1938–1945 and its Post-war History’, which focuses on the history of Neuengamme Concentration Camp and its satellite camps. Before departing a short drive will be made at the Memorial.


    Guests who are embarking or disembarking the ship in Hamburg should not book a shore excursion for this port. Hamburg excursions are available for guests visiting Hamburg as a port call.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking included over flat paved ground. The advertised itinerary may operate in reverse. Please be advised that the Museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war.

    Tour code

    HAM_023

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4½ hours

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