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Private Shore Excursion in Hamburg – guided Shore Trips for Cruise Ship Guests

warehouse district and elbphilharmonic hall in hamburgYou are reaching Hamburg or Kiel on your cruise ship and wish to have a private shore excursion tour of Hamburg? Spend a wonderful day in one of the most beautiful cities of Germany.

We will pick you up at the cruise terminal with your preferred vehicle for a tour tailored according to your interests and wishes:

  • A luxury limousine for 1 – 5 guests
  • A big size taxi for up to 6 guests
  • A microbus for 15 or 23 participants
  • A bus for max. 49 participants

If you like to walk and use the public transport system in Hamburg, we’ll arrange a transfer from the Cruise Terminal to the town hall (Rathaus) and embark upon an exciting walking tour right in the middle of Hamburg.

Attention, passengers from Kiel: This is a transfer of about 80 minutes (depending on traffic).

Itinerary (suggestion)

1. Panoramic Tour

Clockwise: Red Light District/Reeperbahn, Landungsbruecken/harbor, St. Michael's Church, Elbphilharmonic Hall, Town Hall, Alster Lake, Harbor at dawn, Central StationAfter your arrival in Hamburg we will board on a 2-3 hours guided tour by the chosen vehicle for a first general overview of the city.

During this individual panoramic tour your group has the opportunity to exit at the most beautiful places to take pictures and to visit interesting sights.

We will tailor the whole tour according to your interests and wishes.

We will stop at several spots such as the baroque church St. Michaelis, the old Elbe tunnel, the Alster lake or the UNESCO world heritage site: the warehouse district and of course at the Elbphilharmonie – our amazing concert hall.

2. Lunch

lunch time city center hamburgDiscovering the world typically makes you hungry. We can either have a sit down lunch or just grab a snack at the port or the city center. You decide.

Typical Hamburg dishes are: fish sandwiches (Fischbrötchen), the special fisherman’s dish ‘Labskaus’ or ‘Pannfisch’ (a regional fish dish), original Hamburgers or ‘Currywurst’.

Or we visit one of our local breweries and enjoy their food and homemade beer.

3. Afternoon program

Hamburg Alster Lake boat tripOne of the „must dos“ in the afternoon could be a boat trip.

Either a relaxing one on the beautiful Alster Lake alongside white mansions and through pittoresque canals.

Or a more busy trip through the canals of the modern port where you can see how Europe’s third largest port is buzzing. Watch the giants of the seas being loaded and unloaded.

Kids and adults alike love the world famous Miniature Wonderland. Also Hamburg offers to see about 50 museums and various exhibitions.

4. Return to the cruise terminal

At the end of your day just before boarding time, a taxi or your chosen vehicle will return you to the cruise ship.

These are the major highlights of Hamburg:

Town Hall Hamburg and Alster Lake

  • Drive around the Alster lake (Aussenalster)
  • Stop at the town hall and discover the city center and the small part of the lake inside the city: Binnenalster
  • Visit St. Michaelis Church (a neo-baroque church and one of Hamburg’s landmarks – if you like to participate an organ concert (monday to friday) from 12:00 to 12:20h – we have to be there in time.
  • Visit our historic alley of the 17th century: the Krameramtsgasse – a backyard with historic homes
  • Smell spices in the warehouse district
  • Marvel at Europe’s largest inner city planning project:  HafenCity
  • Have a glance at the party zone of Hamburg: The famous St. Pauli red light district, where the Beatles started their career
  • Descend into the old Elbe tunnel (built in 1911)

If you like to learn a bit about Hamburg’s history but don’t want to walk for hours, we recommend to book a vehicle that takes you to the most important sights, which you can then explore.

St. Michael's Church HamburgEnjoy museums, gardens, rural and city landscapes, architecture, German culture, people, culinary destinations, entertainment and other interesting places to see and visit.

Let us know your wishes and we’ll tailor the tour just for you and your private group.

Please send a mail or fill out our contact form or just call: +49 40 67 38 37 60 or +49 176 48 13 80 29 – and we will give you an offer with all the specifics.

We need the following information from you:

  • Name of your cruise ship
  • Name of the cruise terminal
  • Number of participants
  • Your preferred type of vehicle

We are looking forward to welcome you!

Best regards,

Your Shore Excursion Crew

Private Shore Excursion FAQ

Will you pick us up at the Terminal?

Yes. Your private guide will pick you up right at quay side with your preferred vehicle.

What kind of vehicle can we choose?

microbus hamburg

  • A luxury limousine for 1-5 guests
  • A big size taxi for up to 6 guests
  • A microbus for 15 or 23 participants
  • A bus for 49 participants

Will there be an itinerary?

Please let us know your interests and we tailor an individual itinerary for your shore excursion.

What are the major highlights of a sightseeing tour in Hamburg?

Please have a look at our list of things to do in Hamburg.


Warehouse District HamburgThe prices depend on your wishes:

  • The kind of vehicle you choose
  • The starting point of your tour
  • The duration of the tour
  • Do you prefer entrance fees and food/beverages to be inclusive or not

Would you like us to start the tour at the cruise terminal or will we meet in the city centre of Hamburg?

You decide where your private guide shall meet you.

Pictures “Private Shore Excursion”:
Warehouse District and Elbphilharmonic Hall in Hamburg © powell83 / Fotolia | Panoramic Tour Collage Hamburg © dietwalther / Fotolia | Lunch City Center Café Hamburg © Andreas Gerlach / Fotolia | Alster Lake Boat Trip © Marco2811 / Fotolia | Town Hall and Alster Lake © Dirk Vonten / Fotolia | St. Michael’s Church © powell83 / Fotolia | microbus © photo approved by A. Brune, Busbetrieb Brune | Warehouse District – Maritimes Museum © Blickfang / Fotolia