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Friends of Dave Tours for the Perfect Day
We turn guests into instant friends while providing them with the Perfect Day on an unforgettable tour of Warnemünde and Mecklenburg
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Finding and booking day tours in Europe shouldn’t feel overwhelming, nor should you have to settle for some cookie-cutter, overly crowded, overly priced cattle call that leaves you feeling like your time was wasted.
In a region rich in historical, cultural, and ancestral significance, you should have every opportunity to peek behind the curtain and be told the real story, by local guides and we couldn’t agree more.
While you’re learning about the distinct legacy of the region, we want you to feel at ease on our handcrafted tours, and we want you to know what it’s like to travel in the company of good friends.
We promise to make you laugh, ponder, and feel connected in a setting that no other tour company understands better than the Friends of Dave Tours team. After all, we live here.
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Don’t Miss Dave & Christian’s Baltic Tips
At Friends of Dave Tours we really do treat you like our visiting besties!
During the lead up to your cruise, we will send you occasional updates about what’s going on here in Warnemünde as well as our insider tips on the best ways to enjoy your Baltic cruise!
When your tour is over, we will even send you a $100pp discount coupon to join Dave on an AmaWaterways river cruise adventure thru RiverCruiseKing.com
Why Friends of Dave Tours?
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Our hard work and flair for storytelling have earned us a coveted spot on Rick Steves recommended tours of the Baltic, as well as the #1 spot for tours of Warnemünde's on TripAdvisor and Cruise Critic for over a decade.
With a combined 50+ years of industry experience, Friends of Dave guides provide unmatchable industry experience, a rich tapestry of historical and cultural knowledge, and a unique flair for storytelling that has earned us a 99% satisfaction rating from past guests
Mega Mecklenburg with Friends of Dave Tours
Our 2022-2023 Tour Agenda & Details
From Booking to Enjoying
Step 1. Find your date and ship location using our Google calendar and locate whether you will be docked in Warnemünde or Rostock. Sign up for the tour that matches your docking location.
Step 2. Be sure to register your email address for our Baltic Tips and Pre-Cruise planning tips!
Step 3. Show up ready for a great time!
OUR #1 MEGA MECKLENBURG TOUR
Our FULL DAY MEGA MECKLENBURG tour begins ship-side at Warnemünde Cruise Center* and is timed to your ship's port docking schedule. Whether your ship docks in Warnemünde or Rostock we will pick you up!
We begin with a stroll through charming Warnemünde for a look at this quaint seaside town's highlights and to get to know each other a bit. We'll share tidbits of its 800+ year history as well as some juicy medieval village gossip about Rostock as we explore side alleys and hidden courtyards on the way to the lighthouse. We'll also show you the Alte Strom promenades and the best places to enjoy a sunset drink at the end of the day. You'll be laughing and learning as we lay the groundwork for your perfect port day.
After a brief 'happy' restroom stop, you'll be whisked off by private luxury coach to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Wismar; the most intact original medieval Hanseatic city in the world. You'll learn about the ancient trade history of the Baltic and we'll bring all of your cruise ports together into context. You'll view incredible Gothic buildings from the 13th-16th Centuries and maybe even "walk the wheel" to build a bell tower or make a brick for the church. For lunch, you'll enjoy what some have described as one of the 'best meals of their entire cruise' at an over 570-year-old brewery (where you'll dine a la Carte from a pre-selected menu with multiple options) and have the chance to taste the famous Mum beer that made Wismar rich in Hansa times!
Lunch with 1 beverage incl. in your tour price
Once you've tasted the Mecklenburg kitchen, our luxury coach will whisk you along the old royal route through rolling farmland and pastoral villages and under the arched trees of our famous Ostdeutsche Allees to Schwerin Palace. In Schwerin, we will explore the gardens of the Palace for some great photo ops and stories of the castle's doom!
Note: Since your cruise is full of castle interiors much grander than this one (due to fire), we avoid the interior and go into the old town and Jewish quarter before granting you some free time to explore the quaint shops and cafes. You can elect to go inside on your own if you wish.
The ride back to the ship also has a "Happy Hour" surprise in store for you!
This FULL DAY tour includes 3 mini walking tours (Warnemünde, Wismar & Schwerin), transport by private coach, a full lunch with 1 large beverage and tip for the servers (we dine a la Carte) and an afternoon beverage, as well as, the 19% German sales tax.
The Tour is 175€ per person ALL-INCLUSIVE WITH MEALS
INCLUDING 19% GERMAN TAX
+ a 6% FareHarbour processing fee
*Guests with a 2020 Gift Card are grandfathered to our 2020 rates!
Number 1 at Trip Advisor 12 Years Running
Rick Steves' Top Pick
3 Cities in 1 Day
1 Tour Guide & 1 Tour Escort assistant per Group
Incredible Lunch in Historic Brewery Included
Special treat on the return bus ride
Luxury Bus w/ AC & WC
All local taxes, insurances and fees Included
GET DISCOUNTS FOR REFERRALS!!!
We ONLY accept 26 people and use a bus that sits 44 so you will have plenty of room and the majority of guests can have their own window and double seat. Our coach has AC and a WC on board, however we make multiple "Happy Stops" during the day.
We sell out quickly, so FIRST COME - FIRST SERVED.
WE ARE NEVER LATE !! SO CHECK YOUR DATE!
ADVISORY: While not overly strenuous, you MUST be able to walk for stretches of 30-45 minutes and keep up with the group. Sorry, due to the terrain and accessibility of our route we can not accept people who have mobility issues.
3 Steps to Working With You
– STEP 1 –
FIND YOUR SHIP DATE
Pop into our ship calendar and choose the date you will be arriving in port to verify if your ship will be in Warnemünde Cruise Center or Rostock Industrial Harbour.
– STEP 2 –
CHOOSE AND BOOK
Sign up for the tour that matches your docking location. (95% of tours are from the Warnemünde Cruise Center and we adjust times to match your ship).
– STEP 3 –
SHOW UP AND HAVE A
Bring an appetite, a solid pair of walking shoes, and most importantly be prepared to have some fun
Dave & Christian
We ARE the tour we sell !!!
When the financial crisis hit in 2008, like many of us, I used it as an opportunity to take my life in a different direction. I dove headfirst back into travel and tourism and started my journey to not only becoming one of Germany's top tour guides but the top specialist for AmaWaterways river cruises.
I founded Friends of Dave Tours Warnemünde because I wanted to provide guests with an English-speaking alternative that was wildly different than what the cruise lines were offering. I saw a gap in what I felt was a contingent of travelers who were hungry for authenticity, culture, storytelling, and most of all, fun! It didn’t take long to spread the word about my quirky, thoughtful, well-organized tours, and I soon found myself listed in Rick Steves' Cruising Northern Europe guide books and have dominated TripAdvisor and Cruise Critic as Warnemünde's Number 1 tour and tour company for the past 12 years.
I understand the overwhelm that goes with trying to sort through a seemingly endless supply of day tours, but our guides, unparalleled knowledge, and flair for treating our guests like long-lost friends are what ultimately sets us apart from the rest.
I have dedicated more than a decade of my life to bringing strangers and friends together, and if you’re still in doubt, the kind words of my amazing guests will tell you that if you don’t travel with Friends of Dave, you’re going to regret it, and we don’t do regret!
FRIENDS OF DAVE TOURS
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"PHENOMENAL FOD tour with CHRISTIAN! When we first began our FOD tour from the Warnemunde port in the morning, the weather was not cooperating (on the cold side) and we were still a bit jet lagged from arriving in a new time zone two days prior. But, all was not to be lost. Infact, we knew we had selected the right tour as soon as we met our wonderful tour guide Christian! And we were right!
Christian is smart, knowledgeable, funny and a charming guide who entertained and truly informed us for the length of the tour.
The towns we visited were historically interesting and it was wonderful to glimpse life in Germany outside of the bigger cities. In addition to hiring the talented Christian, Dave has done a lot of other things right to show he sincerely cares about his guests: very comfortable bus transportation, a delicious meal with generous portions and great local beers and wines.
Thank you sincerely to Christian for exceeding the expectations we had of our port stop in Warnemunde and thank you Dave for organizing a wonderful itinerary!"