You have never gone on a tour like a Dave created Friends
of Dave Tours port adventure!
Our guests are treated like visiting friends and our ALL
INCLUSIVE full day tour is conducted by my assistants
Christian & Hannes in the main groups and me by private
appointment. Friends of Dave Tours has been earning
consistent 5 star ratings at TripAdvisor because we are very
dedicated to ensuring a great overall experience! We have a
fun and relaxed touring style that combines sightseeing with
cafe stops and a fantastic, authentic lunch at a high
quality local brewery so that you truly experience
Mecklenburg with all your senses.
Foodies ! this tour is a MUST !
All our tours include an a la Carte lunch with one large beverage, transport by private coach, all admissions and the 19% German Sales Tax. On the Schwerin* stop, you will have the choice to visit the interior of the castle OR spend some time in the castle Orangerie for a traditional German Cake and Coffee Pause. You can decide spontaneous on the day of your tour, but I can tell you 95% of our guests choose CAKE!
Our full day ALL INCLUSIVE tour is perfectly timed to your ships arrival and departure and combines walking tours in Warnemünde, Wismar & Schwerin. We meet you ship side. Our tours involve a good deal of walking and regretfully are not appropriate for folks with mobility issues or young children.
*Schwerin Palace is closed on Mondays/ exterior visit only*
Get Ready For a Magical Day!
Our MEGA MECKLENBURG tour begins ship-side in Warnemünde. You will be met at your ship and taken on your first tour of the day through this historic and charming port side town. We will share the history of the region with you and introduce you to your Hanseatic themed day. You will be laughing and learning as your guide shares the best of the past and present as we lay the groundwork for your perfect port day.
After a brief restroom stop, You will be whisked off by private luxury coach to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Wismar, the most intact medieval Hanseatic city in the world. You'll learn about the ancient trade history of the Baltic and we will bring all of your cruise ports together into context. You'll view incredible Gothic buildings from the 13th-16th Centuries and enjoy what some have described as the 'best meal of the entire cruise' at an over 560 year old brewery. You´ll also have the chance to drink the Mum beer that made Wismar famous all those centuries ago!
After lunch you'll depart for the former ducal residence of Schwerin and another UNESCO monument, Schwerin Palace. You will have a chance to tour the castle gardens and afterwards you can choose between viewing the castle's interiors on your own or to enjoy cake & coffee with free time in the old town center with free WIFI. You will get to make this choice spontaneously based on how you feel.
Afterwards it's back to Warnemünde where you can return to your ship or stroll back into the harbour village to enjoy the boutiques, open air pubs and restaurants, or the beach promenade that we showed you earlier.
This FULL DAY tour includes 3 mini walking tours (Warnemünde, Wismar & Schwerin), transport by private coach, a full lunch with 1 large beverage (we dine a la Carte) an afternoon cafe visit OR entrance into Schwerin castle, and the 19% German sales tax.
Tour Cost is 145 * person ALL INCLUSIVE! The tour DEPARTS at 9:30am** and returns at7:15pm.*the tour cost includes the 19% German sales tax & lunch service tip, but not a 3,50 booking fee. **Slight timing adjustments are made for Celebrity ship days.Schwerin Palace is closed on Mondays/ exterior visit only
We accept up to 25 people, but our bus sits 48 so you will have plenty of room. Our coach has AC and a WC on board, however we make multiple "Happy Stops" during the day.
* ADVISORY: While not overly strenuous, you MUST be able to walk for stretches of 20 - 30 minutes and keep up with the group. Sorry, we can not accept people who have mobility issues or need assistance to walk or stand.
PLEASE USE THE CALENDAR BELOW TO CHECK AVAILABILITY.
Dave is an American who has been living in Germany for 16+ years. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Orlando, Florida. His first job was as a waiter at Walt Disney World and he has worked in hospitality and the cruise industry for over 30 years.
Dave has been on over 85 cruises and has been on more tours than he can count. He has taken the best aspects of private day tours and combined them with what he things are the highlights of the Mecklenburg area. His love of history, art and culture, people and stories all go into creating your Friends of Dave Tours port day.
When not touring in Warnemünde, Dave runs his own AmaWaterways river cruise agency and sails in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has become one of Ama´s top international salespeople and knows all the ins and outs. He escorts several river cruise adventures per year and also helps create private river cruise journeys for those who can´t come on his trips.
He lives part time in Warnemünde and part time in Berlin with his two sweet dachshunds and devoted partner. Everything else changes without notice.
Warnemünde tour is by private appointment only and I can
accommodate only 4 guests
My name is Christian. I´m 24 years old and I was born and raised in Rostock. I am the main guide for the Mega Mecklenburg tour and excited to be a part of the number 1 tour in MeckPomm. I really love my city in the north and look forward to sharing it with you. Of course, sometimes it can be a little bit windy and not everybody knows what the words "moin" or "Hanse" mean, but after your time with me, we´ll sort that right out.
I grew up in a section of Rostock called "Warnemuende" and I wouldn´t change my hometown for anything - not even for a longer summer.I´ve travelled around Australia, New Zealand and Europe and for all I´ve seen, I still think that our charming city is unique. So who better to show you around all the lovely places in Rostock and Meck-Pomm than somebody who´s lived here his whole life! I´m excited to share my knowledge and passion with you about the rare buildings and art which abound here.
Similar to Dave, I´m a laid back person who loves to meet new people and make new friends. Along with talking about our unique history with visiting guests, I´m a fan of the great German writers like Goethe, Heine or Schiller. I like sports and traveling to different places all over the world and must confess, for all of my interest in reading, I really love football! I´ve been playing for my club "Sv Warnemuende" since I was 5 years old and have been the coach for the youngest teams in our club since I was 18. Those kids really give me a run around, but I love to give back to my community.
Last year I graduated with a degree in elementary education and plan to be a teacher. After completing my studies I was lucky to travel down under for the second time in my life and I really love Australia. I explored and experienced everything from from lonely Banana farms near Cairns to busy cities like Melbourne.
Like Dave, I´ve seen my share of tours around the world and sometimes I had to shake my head and think, "these tours are just for tourists, they deserve better!"That is why I am so proud to be a part of Friends of Dave Tours. Dave and I have the same philosophy and style.
I am looking forward to helping him create wonderful memories for all our Friends of Dave Tours guests and I look forward to meeting you!
are very excited to introduce our new guide
Hannes. New" might not be the right word since
he has been touring in the region for many years
and trained with us last year to learn all the ins
and outs of our Mega Mecklenburg tour.
will be the guide for our 2nd group and will
assist Christian as escort when time permits.
Hannes is super busy as an owner of a local
Rostock hostel and is an avid traveller. He spent
a year in Vancouver as an exchange student and
another 6 months in Bali, traveled for months
through New Zealand, South and Central America.
all that, he earned his degree from University and
has fulfilled one of his many dreams by becoming a
local business owner. As a born and raised
Rostocker, we are excited to add his insight and
personal stories to our tour day. Laid back,
friendly and open are words that best describe our
Hannes. We know you will love your day with him.