Private All-In-One Hamburg
Private All-In-One Hamburg
After your arrival to the port of Kiel, be greeted by your local, knowledgeable English-speaking guide who will escort you to your vehicle. Relax in comfort on your drive to Hamburg, where your private tour of the city awaits.
One of Germany's 3 city-states and the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg was historically once a part of the Hanseatic League and has today become one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in Europe. The city became a well-known tourist destination due to its wild red-light district but is now attracting a more discerning clientele with its modern architecture in the form of the Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, and the neighboring Hafencity, not to mention the canals, Alster, stunning Rathaus, and high-end shopping.
The city's label, "The Gateway to the World", maybe a presumptuous statement, but in the Middle Ages, Hamburg became a hub of international trade which remains today. The city is also the wealthiest in the country and her maritime roots reverberate from the port to energized neighborhoods overflowing with international flavors, modern architecture, and the notorious Reeperbahn red-light district.
Your private guide will take you directly to the historic heart of Hamburg to see the stunning Town Hall, the St Nikolai Church (a burnt-out shell from allied bombings in WWII), and the Trost Bridge in the heart of the Medieval City. This small but historically important bridge which spans the Nikolaifleet was built in 1881. The stone bridge is decorated with models of Bishop Ansgar, who founded the cathedral that was in the old part of the city, and of Count Adolf III Von Schauenburg, who founded the merchant's district, Neustädter. The bridge, Trostbrücke, whose name means "Comfort Bridge" is so-called because those on their way to be tried at the town hall were comforted for one last time on the bridge.
The UNESCO listed Speicherstadt is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations, oak logs, in this case. Located in the port of Hamburg, within the HafenCity quarter, it was built between 1883 to 1927.
View the modern architectural splendor of the Elbphilharmonie, an icon of extraordinary structure overpowering the skyline that is made of glass and brick. Elevating architecture front and center to public debate and awareness, this is just the most well-known and identifiable of many buildings dominating the city.
You will then be given 2 hours of free time to further explore more of the city on your own. At an appointed time, you will then make the return trip to the port in Kiel and your waiting ship.
This private tour offer will allow you to customize your visit to your exact specifications based on the decisions where you wish to stop and spend your time.
Please Note: Any entrance fees where applicable are not included in the price of this tour.
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.