The 3 hour trip to Berlin was well worth the time. Our guide Aria was very dramatic, spoke English well, and talked about Berlin almost constantly. We travelled to Berlin in a bus with 46 people and were divided into 2 groups for the tour in Berlin. It was a 12+ hour day. We got out of the bus to see the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and several other places. The pacing of the schedule was good.
We walked into Tallinn after an early breakfast. We were glad we started early because we got back onto the ship before an afternoon rain. The cobblestone streets and very old buildings in a small town are what made this port unique.
We took the 2-day Russian Treasures tour. Tatiana (Tania), our tour guide gave us excellent information and the schedule was just right. We went to the Hermitage Museum, Catherine Palace, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Palace, Yusupov Palace, and the subway. Everything was awesome, all the gold, the paintings of the masters, the gardens, and the architecture.
We walked to the train and took it into the city. We went into 2 churches, the art museum gift shop, and a bed & bath type store; compared prices of real estate from ads on windows, and visited a small flea market.
We walked into the city. The changing of the guard and the royal mounted band during the noon hour at the Royal Palace was the highlight for us. We also went into City Hall and the Nobel Museum. Stockholm was my favorite city on this cruise.