Enjoy the freedom of exploring Hamburg on your own, which allows you to spend time exactly where you want and linger until you’re ready to move on to the next treasure.
Depart from the pier and settle in for a relaxing drive to Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, which lies due east on the Elbe River. Charlemagne founded Hamburg in 810 A.D., so there’s plenty of history, although much of the city was destroyed in the fire of 1842 and by Allied bombing during World War II. It was beautifully rebuilt in both instances, and you’ll have approximately five hours to explore the landmarks that you find most appealing.
A highlight worth considering is certainly St. Michaelis Church, whose soaring clock tower has loomed over the city since the 1680s. However, locals consider the 647-room town hall, a neo-Renaissance masterpiece, to be the symbolic heart of Hamburg. If you’re interested in the area around the harbor, don’t miss the charming warehouse district and its many shops and restaurants. One of Hamburg’s most beautiful and exquisite shopping streets is the Jungfernstieg; its name comes from a time long ago, when families would stroll the promenade here on Sundays with their unmarried family members (“jungfer” in German means “spinster”).
Following your independent tour of Hamburg, you will rejoin your coach at the appointed time and meeting place for the drive back to the pier in Bremerhaven. Those who are late meeting the coach will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship, at their own expense.
Please note: No guided tour applies on this excursion, only transportation to and from Hamburg. An official escort will be on the coach and will provide information about Hamburg and places to visit. Walking on this tour is solely at the guests’ discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The travel time to Hamburg is approximately 2-hours in each direction; however traffic delays could result in longer travel times.