About Kiel

The city of Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For those who love to shop, Kiel's shopping district is a must. Holstenstraße (Holsten Street) is Germany's first ever pedestrian precinct and one of the longest shopping streets in Germany.

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.


Shore excursions in Kiel

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.

Castles and Boat Cruise

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6½ hours

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

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. En-route to your river cruise, you’ll pass by the majestic Plön Castle, nestled 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. Next, 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 lunch, 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.

Essential information

>This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. Passengers 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 P&O Passengers. 1 glass of beer or soft drink is included with lunch. There is a charge for the use of public toilets.

Cycle Kiel

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

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

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.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bicycle and on foot. There is a minimum height restriction of 5'3". 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.

Hamburg by Land and Sea

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Experience the wonderful city of Hamburg from 2 distinctly different perspectives; by land and sea.

Sit back and relax on board your coach as a journey of around 1½ hours takes you into the vibrant city of Hamburg.

Upon arrival, a panoramic drive will introduce you to some of the main highlights. You’ll pass Hamburg’s impressive neo-renaissance style Town Hall, housing the government of the federal city state, the Alster Lake and the fashionable Jungfernstieg Boulevard, before heading towards the famous warehouse district. Built in Gothic redbrick architecture, this area houses fine spices, coffee and tea from all over the world.

A highlight of your tour will be a leisurely harbour cruise, allowing you the opportunity to admire the city landscape that dots the riverbank. During your cruise, enjoy refreshments of coffee or tea accompanied by a typical German pastry.

Afterwards, re-join your coach as you sightseeing tour continues past more of the city’s highlights including St Michael’s Church, Planten and Blomen Park and the famous red-light district; the Reeperbahn.

Pass by the Old Elbe Tunnel and along the Elbe River, before heading back to Kiel.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach, boat and on foot. There is approximately 15 minutes of walking on this tour. Passengers are required to negotiate approximately 20 steps to access the boat. The journey to Hamburg is via the motorway and takes approximately 1½ hours each way.

Hamburg On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 6½ hours

Explore the city of Hamburg at your own pace - the ideal option for those who prefer to explore independently.

Relax on board your coach, as a journey of around 1½ hours whisks you into the heart of Hamburg, dropping you off in the centrally-located Town Hall Square.

You’ll have around 3½ hours to explore this vibrant city independently. Take in the main sites at your leisure, purchase a spot of lunch at one of the many café’s or restaurants, or indulge in a spot of shopping. This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your day to suit your needs and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach for the return drive to Kiel.

Essential information

This tour operates by coach and on foot. This tour is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the coach. The journey to Hamburg is via the motorway and takes approximately 1½ hours each way. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take note of the pick-up time and place. There is a charge for the use of public toilets.

Kiel at a Glance

Activity lowFamily

Duration: 2 hours

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

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.

Enjoy a stop for photos 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.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised that there is a minimal amount of walking during this tour. There is a charge for the use of public toilets.

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