Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving approximately 150 miles (242 km) each way, about 5 hours round trip. NOTE: Pergamon Museum is currently undergoing staggered renovation work, therefore the hall containing the Pergamon Altar will be closed until 2023. The North Wing and the gallery of Hellenistic Art are also affected by the closure. The South Wing, featuring the Market Gate of Miletus, the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way, Babylon, as well as the Museum of Islamic Art, is unaffected.
In the Terrace Café — and on the Lido Deck in nice weather.
We'll board our motorcoach for a full day exploring Berlin. On the 10th May 1933 some 20,000 books were burned in Berlin’s Bebelplatz by order of the Nazi Party. In 1995, a memorial was unveiled in the square to commemorate this infamous event. Driving through Kurfurstendamm, Berlin’s Champs-Elysees, we pass the impressive 17th century Schloss Charlottenburg, followed by the Gendarmenmarkt featuring the neoclassical Concert Hall and the French and German churches. Other highlights we will see include the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie.
On your own in Berlin to do and see according to personal interest. The Group Leader is happy to offer suggestions.
Continue to the Neo-Renaissance Protestant Berlin Cathedral, followed by the Pergamon Museum, which has one of the most breathtaking collections of monumental antiquities in Europe, including the Ishtar Gate and Processional Way from Babylon, constructed in about 575BCE by King Nebuchadnezzar II. Late afternoon, we'll return to the ship.
You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.
At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Warnemunde on our journey.