Kiel, Germany - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

Kiel is very much a maritime city and sits at the eastern end of the Kiel Canal, the world’s busiest artificial waterway, linking the Baltic Sea with the North Sea. See the sluice gates and mighty ships up close as they transit through the canal. The sights around Keil can be enjoyed by bicycle. Pick one up right by the pier and you’re ready to cycle off along the beautiful promenade and Kiel Fjord.

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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.

  • Lovely Lübeck

    Once known as the ‘Queen of the Hanseatic League’, the Free Imperial and Hanseatic City of Lübeck is steeped in history and tradition.

    Lovely Lübeck

    Lübeck is a city, which is simply beautiful and its proud old patrician houses and red brick churches are now included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.

    On arrival in Lübeck, you will set off on a historical walk of the city. The old town is located on an island and is one of the most impressive intact examples of medieval Gothic architecture. Enjoy the ambiance of the old town with its well-known Holsten Gate – the landmark of the city. Bypass St Mary’s Church, the model for many other brick-built churches in the Baltic area. You will also pass by the City Hall, known to be one of the oldest in Germany. Throughout your guided walk you will notice that the red brick Gothic architecture still dominates the old town today.

    Continue past one of the first old age homes in Germany, the Heiligen-Geist-Hospital as well as Buddenbrooks House, the home of the famous writers Heinrich and Thomas Mann, who were both born in Lübeck.

    During your visit to Lübeck, you will have approximately 1½ hours of free time to purchase luncheon, explore the shops or maybe visit the world famous Niederegger Café.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be an English-speaking escort on board the coach for the transfer to and from Lübeck. A local guide will join the tour in the city. The journey time to Lübeck is estimated at 1¼ hours each way. There is approximately 2½ hours’ walking on this tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential. Luncheon is not included on this tour and so guests are reminded to rake local currency with them.

    Tour code

    KEL_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Castles & Boat Cruise

    Relax and enjoy the ever-changing landscape of the region more commonly known as North Germany's Switzerland.

    Castles & Boat Cruise

    Embark on a scenic drive through the countryside of Schleswig-Holstein, dotted with patchwork lakes and lush forests. Small woods alternate rapidly with hedged, arable fields and the rural landscape is characterised by large, aristocratic estates and historic manor houses.

    One of the main highlights is a photographic stop in Ploen to see Plön Castle, nestled majestically on the hillside between two lakes. The 17th century castle was the former residence of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Plön, during the Thirty Years’ War. With your guide you’ll hop aboard a day boat to cruise the crystal clear waters across five interconnecting lakes to Malente. Soak up the magical fairytale atmosphere as you pass medieval villages scattered along the banks, surrounded by shady forests.

    Following a delicious traditional three-course luncheon, your last stop will be in the small town of Eutin, the City of Roses. Explore the former baroque gardens at Eutin Castle, which were developed during the 18th and 19th century into a beautiful landscaped park. Time permitting, enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow streets of Eutin to the local market place.


    This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Guests are advised there is approximately 1½ hours of walking included in this tour. Flat comfortable walking shoes and warm layered clothing are recommended. The day boat is not exclusive to Cunard guests. One glass of beer or soft drink is included with luncheon.

    Tour code

    KEL_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Cycle Kiel

    Enjoy some pedal power, as you cycle along the Kiel Canal.

    Cycle Kiel

    Pick up your bicycle right by the pier and you’re ready to cycle off along the beautiful promenade and Kiel fjord.

    Upon arrival at the Kiel Canal, you will have the unique opportunity to see the locks up close. Kiel is the busiest artificial waterway in the world. It is the gateway to the Baltic, Scandinavia and Russia and connects the region to worldwide maritime traffic.

    En route, enjoy a refreshing drink and a slice of traditional German cake before continuing your ride through the intriguing landscape of the Kiel Canal region and the beautiful Schleswig-Holstein province. Have your camera to hand, as you will be amazingly close to the giant ships passing through the canal.


    This excursion will operate by bicycle and on foot. It is recommended that participants wear appropriate cycle clothing. Helmets will be provided and must be worn. Children are not permitted to participate. The return route will be through a residential area of Kiel.

    Tour code

    KEL_007

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Kiel at a Glance

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

    Kiel at a Glance

    With your guide, you’ll 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’ll pass Germany’s first ever pedestrian precinct, Holstenstraße which opened in 1951 and is today one of the most popular shopping miles.
    >BR/> Enjoy a stop for photographs at the entrance to the Kiel Canal. View the sluices that regulate the world’s busiest artificial waterway, stretching for almost 100 km from Kiel to Brunsbüttel, linking the Baltic Sea with the North Sea.

    En route, 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.



    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that there is minimal walking included during the tour.

    Tour code

    KEL_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Mighty Maritime & Naval Heritage

    Kiel is a traditional maritime and naval city which was originally founded in 1233. It’s seafaring importance can be seen throughout the city.

    Mighty Maritime & Naval Heritage

    Embark on a panoramic drive, passing the locks that regulate the world’s busiest artificial waterway, the Kiel Canal. Along the way you will see the T-750 Flandernbunker, a flak-bunker used to protect 750 people during World War II.

    Your leisurely drive will take you out to Laboe, where you will visit the German Naval Museum and Memorial, erected between 1927 and 1936 to commemorate all those who have lost their life at sea. Enjoy some free time to explore independently and perhaps venture up to the lookout platform where you will have spectacular views over the Kieler Fjord. The subterranean Commemorative Hall, is the central memorial, decorated with wreaths and flower arrangements, the subdued mood lighting creates a solemn atmosphere with unique acoustics. With your guide you’ll visit the Historical Hall where the history of German navigation and navy is documented using various charts and ship models.

    A short walk will take you to the U-995 submarine that has been refurbished as a museum. This submarine was of the Type V11.C, most frequently used during World War II. Explore the interior and experience the cramped conditions of those who served aboard. This particular submarine became famous in 1981, through the making of the film, ‘DAS BOOT’ - it was the most expensive German film ever made at a cost of about 15 million Euros, written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 21/2 hours of walking included with several steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended to guests who suffer from claustrophobia due to the cramped conditions on the submarine. Flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    KEL_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

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