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Gdansk: City Cruise on Historical Polish Boat

1. Gdansk: City Cruise on Historical Polish Boat

Discover Gdańsk from the water on board a replica of a Polish river ship used for over 400 years. Used mainly in the 18th century, this intimate, wooden, and spacious 12-seater boat will take you to places large ships are unable to go and thanks to the low number of passengers, you'll feel at ease and special. Start the cruise from the former Gdańsk Shipyard that once was a workplace for nearly 18,000 people and unavailable to visitors for over 170 years. Gdansk Shipyard was established after 1945 in place of the former German shipyards. It was here that the "Solidarity" movement began in 1980, leading to the fall of communism in Poland. Next, cruise on Motława River in the center of the Old Town. You’ll see many tourist attractions, including the ruins of the Teutonic castle, water gates leading to the city, the famous wooden crane from the 15th century, charming old tenement houses, and their new setting. Follow a route that will also show you monuments and new buildings of Ołowianka and the Granary Island. This trip is also a unique and only opportunity to see up close specialist vessels, Gdansk port cranes that are the symbol of the city, and the internal quay of the Port of Gdansk.

Gdańsk: Enjoy City Views and Delicious Food on the Top Floor

2. Gdańsk: Enjoy City Views and Delicious Food on the Top Floor

Visit the highest viewpoint in Gdansk and the tropical jungle in the Tricity. Relax in the midst of exotic plants from all over the world, delight in the taste of authentic Italian pizza, exquisite cocktails, and the most beautiful view of the entire Tricity. By choosing the Standard Package, you will receive a welcome drink of Prosecco at Olivia Garden. With its exotic atmosphere, thousands of plants from around the world, refreshing cocktails, and authentic oriental cuisine, Olivia Garden offers a unique experience. Spanning over 800 square meters, Olivia Garden houses around 4,000 tropical plants from 4 continents, providing an ideal space for work and leisure. The menu at Olivia Garden features oriental dishes made from fresh ingredients, full of color, aroma, and unique flavors. You can find delicious bao buns, ramen, bowls, as well as signature desserts and cocktails on the menu. On the 32nd floor, you will receive your choice of any Italian pizza and a fantastic cocktail. And all of this comes with an exceptional view of the entire Tricity, the Gdańsk Bay, and the Hel Peninsula. From the observation floor, you can admire all the key landmarks on the map of Tricity, making Olivia Star the perfect place to start your sightseeing adventure.

Gdańsk: Sightseeing Cruise around the Old Town of Gdansk

3. Gdańsk: Sightseeing Cruise around the Old Town of Gdansk

Marvel at the sights of Gdańsk with a private sightseeing cruise on the Motlawa River. Glide quietly through the water aboard an eco-friendly, electric boat and see the city from a different perspective. Hop aboard and begin your Gdańsk sightseeing adventure. Sit back and relax in comfortable seating with plush pillows and blankets. Feel free to buy a drink from the onboard mini-bar as well. Sail past the city's historic water gates including St. Mary's Gate, Stragglers Gate, St. John's Gate, and the Holy Spirit Gate. Admire the famous red brick crane, the Soldek Museum, and the World War II Museum from the water. Pass the Olowianka Footbridge and see the former warehouses on Granary Island which have been transformed into a chic neighborhood. Return to the starting point at the end of the cruise. Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your interest in our offer of cruises around Gdansk. We offer hour-long cruises end to 40 minutes in length, covering routes throughout the city center of Gdansk. The final route of the cruise is to be agreed upon. The cost of the cruise is 55 PLN per person, which includes the supervision of two skippers. Our boat can accommodate up to 8 people. Our boat is equipped with a sound system that can be connected via Bluetooth. We highly recommend the cruise route, which includes, among others, the Green Bridge, the Blue Lamb Museum, the Frog Crow, the Cow Gate, the Green Gate, the Island of Granaries, the Water Gates: St. Mary's, Straganiarska, St. John's, Holy Spirit, Gdansk, Crane-Crane, St. Spirit Bridge, Gdansk Marina, Sołdek Museum, Lead Bridge, Second World War Museum, Polish Hook, Imperial Shipyard, Gdansk Shipyard, New Motlawa, and the Stone Lock. Our boat is located in the heart of Gdansk, near the Green Bridge. After crossing the bridge and facing Dlugi Targ (where Neptune is located), the boat will be on the left side of the bridge. To easily find our location, we recommend entering the "Boat & Bike" into Google Maps navigation. We warmly invite you to join our cruises!

Gdańsk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour

4. Gdańsk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour

Discover the architecture and history of Gdańsk on a walking tour that covers the same route that was walked for centuries by the kings of Poland. Dive into the local culture which has Polish, Dutch, and German influences. Meet your guide at the city's Golden Gate and make your way to the colorful merchant townhouses that were destroyed by the war, but painstakingly rebuilt. Hear about how merchants made the town the richest city on the Baltic Sea. Walk through Long Market and see the Neptune fountain. Admire St. Mary's Basilica's Gothic brickwork and view the Zuraw treadwheel crane in the harbor which is the largest of its kind in the world and a symbol of the city. See the city's rivers and canals as you walk. Travel back in time as your guide tells you about how WWII started in the city and how the Solidarity movement heralded the fall of communism in the Eastern block.

Gdansk: Stutthof Concentration Camp Regular Tour

5. Gdansk: Stutthof Concentration Camp Regular Tour

Step back in time on this tour of the Stutthof Concentration Camp from Gdansk. Be moved by stories from the victims of the camp and see sights where past atrocities occurred.  Be picked up from your hotel in a comfortable and climate-controlled minibus. Relax on the drive to the Stutthof Concentration Camp. Meet your guide and begin your tour of the complex.  Visit the Memorial Museum that commemorates victims of the former Nazi Camp, before moving on to see inside of the commander’s villa. Proceed to the gas chambers and crematorium, while hearing about the mass murder that took place here.  Pay your respects at the camp victims’ monument, before learning about the persecution and occupation of Pomerania. Later on, you will see the first Nazi concentration camp outside of German territory. Travel to Sztutowo, where there was a former camp. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the Stutthof Museum before returning to your accommodation in Gdansk.

Sopot: Sunset Yacht Cruise from with a Prosecco

6. Sopot: Sunset Yacht Cruise from with a Prosecco

Depending on the direction of the wind, we will sail to Gdańsk or Gdynia. For those willing, there is a possibility to steer the yacht and actively participate in running the vessel. Cruise to the Sunset is a unique experience and memories for every visitor to the Tri-City. Plan your cruise today! A meeting on the water is also a perfect opportunity for an unforgettable photo session! Participants will be taken on a comfortable sailing yacht from the marina at the end of the pier in Sopot on a unique sunset cruise. The yacht has two decks: external and internal, where you can take shelter in case of bad weather. There are also toilets on the yachts. Entrance for the Pier in Sopot is payable in the summer.

City Tour Sightseeing Gdansk Hop On Hop Off

7. City Tour Sightseeing Gdansk Hop On Hop Off

Visit the City of Gdańsk, a beautiful town with over 1,000 years of history. Learn about the first victory over communism in Europe. Explore the medieval Hanza town, which is a hub of trade and travel. Enjoy the best polish food. The bus route has been carefully crafted for you to see the absolute most of the city. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the city and point out the places that you cannot miss. The tickets cover your whole trip in Gdańsk so you can use it as a means of transport around the town. There are scheduled stops ,where you can freely join or leave the tour include the most popular points in Gdańsk, such as The Second World War Museum, Solidarity Museum, The Train station, or The Golden Gate.

Gdańsk: Olivia Star Panoramic Views and Olivia Garden Dinner

8. Gdańsk: Olivia Star Panoramic Views and Olivia Garden Dinner

Visit the highest viewpoint in Gdansk and savor a culinary experience with tickets to the Olivia Garden. Be enchanted by the tropical climate of Olivia Garden, the one-of-a-kind view of the entire Tricity from the Olivia Star, fantastic food, and excellent drinks. Receive a welcome drink at Olivia Garden – the most tropical place in the Tricity. Step into an 800 square meter space with 4,000 tropical plants from 4 continents. Experience an exotic atmosphere with thousands of plants from around the world. Enjoy a menu featuring oriental dishes made from fresh ingredients, full of color, aroma, and unique flavors. Find delicious bao buns, ramen, bowls, as well as signature desserts and cocktails on the menu. Head to the 32nd floor to the Olivia Star observation floor to take in panoramic views of the Tricity, the Gdańsk Bay, and even the Hel Peninsula. Order Italian pizza, tapas, signature cocktails, and desserts while enjoying the beautiful view and live atmospheric music.

Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

9. Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

Looking for a great night out in Gdansk? Want to meet new people and party together? If so, the Gdansk pub crawl is an absolute must-do while in the north of Poland. It is the only regularly organized party tour in Gdansk, so don't miss out. Join a team of local guides who will show you the best bars and clubs in this part of the country, and party like a rockstar until late the next morning. During this 4 hour experience of pure fun, get together with an international crowd led by friendly local guides to explore the best bars and clubs in Gdansk. In each of the venues you’ll get a free shot, as well as 2 free drinks of your choice in one of the bars. Last but not least, you'll get exclusive entry to one the coolest clubs in Gdansk. So come on, join this party tour and make the most of your stay in Gdansk. Meet at 8:30 PM at the Neptune’s Fountain to come party until sunrise.

Gdansk: City Sightseeing Tour by Golf Cart

10. Gdansk: City Sightseeing Tour by Golf Cart

We invite you to explore Gdansk with us in a comfortable golf cart! Enjoy seeing the most interesting and historical places in the city and its history. Our well-prepared guides focus on making your tour a unique and unforgettable experience. We are dedicated to customers satisfaction. The tour we offer are suitable for people of all ages and also for people with disabilities. We also offer personalized tours. If you have any concerns or special requests you want to make, please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to assist you. Do you want to get to know the city of Gdańsk, its history and culture up close, making your tour with us will be the best option. Welcome!

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What should I do on my first trip to Gdansk?

Anyone who’s visited Gdansk will tell you that one of the best things you can do when you’re there is to walk the length of the Dlugi Targ. Also called Royal Way or the Long Market, this is the main thoroughfare through Gdansk, and there are plenty of places to stop along the way.

What are some hidden gems to see in Gdansk?

An incredible hidden gem in Gdansk is St. Bridget’s Church, which boasts some of the most incredible architecture in Europe you’ll ever see. The Gdansk Shakespeare Theater is also a must-see, and many of the bars found on Dlugi Targ (which we mentioned earlier) make for a great evening out.

How much time should I spend in Gdansk?

Many visitors tend to underestimate just how much there is for you to see and do around this stunning, fascinating city. While it’s perfectly acceptable to plan a day trip to Gdansk, there’s really a lot to do, so we recommend spending around three days to a week to get the full experience of this town.

What food is Gdansk known for?

Walking the streets of Gdansk, you’ll find Bigos (meat stew), Pierogi (Polish dumplings), Golabki (cabbage rolls), and Kapusniak (sauerkraut and cabbage soup). There is also a range of international foods and a number of fast-food options.

What is the best way to get around Gdansk?

Gdansk is quite a small little town, so you’ll be able to get anywhere you need on foot. But, if a destination proves too far, there are public transport options available, such as buses and cabs.

What are the best months to visit Gdansk?

The best time to travel to Gdansk is between May and September. During these warm months, you’ll be blessed with an average temperature of around 25°C. Winters in Poland average 3°C - chilly!

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Gdansk?

Gdansk’s neighborhoods are incredibly beautiful, but Brzeno and Przymorze are some of the most appealing to tourists, thanks to their stunning architecture and excellent nightlife locations.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

There’s a farmer’s market in Gdansk called the Gdanski Bazar Natury, which is one of the best places to shop in the city. It sells some of the finest fresh produce you’ll ever get your hands on and plenty of Polish staples like pickled herring, cheeses, breads, and more. Definitely worth stopping on your trip to Gdansk.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Gdansk?

We recommend staying in the Old Town when you’re in Gdansk. It’s located North of the city center and is a hub of activity, bustling with places to go and sites to see. However, do note that it would also be a bit more premium in pricing compared to other neighborhoods.

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What a brilliant way to see Gdansk. A fun activity combined with a beautiful city and a great instructor made for a memorable experience. Super easy to book online with clear instructions on where to meet. My instructor was very friendly and experienced. Having been the only one on my tour, he traveled at my own place, pointing out places of interest and telling interesting stories of the city. Doing it in winter, I was expecting it to be very cold but with our dry suits, mittens on the paddles and the sun shining, it was a beautiful day! Definitely recommend for a unique way to see the city.

Myself and my husband really enjoyed our winter kayaking trip in Gdańsk. We got to do a slightly longer route due to “paddling fast” and really enjoyed the light history and anecdotes about GDansk as we explored the city. Would definately recommend. The dry suits kept us nice and toasty :)

Christina was a very informative and knowledgeable guide. There were only two of us so it was like a private tour. The early morning start was perfect as the castle was not crowded.

Great tour around Gdansk. History, stories and small anecdotes about the city. Take the tour at the start of your visit! The guide was fantastic

Maciej, our guide, was fantastic and the tour was fun and informative. Would definitely recommend.