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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.

Gdansk: Cruise on Historical Polish Boat through Shipyard

2. Gdansk: Cruise on Historical Polish Boat through Shipyard

Discover Gdańsk from a water perspective onboard a replica of a Polish river ship used for over 400 years (mainly in the 18th century). Hop onto an intimate, wooden and spacious 12-seater boat that will take you to places unavailable to large ships, and thanks to the small number of passengers you will feel at ease and special. Start the cruise from the former areas of the Gdańsk Shipyard, which once was a workplace for nearly 18,000 people and unavailable to visitors for over 170 years. Find out about how Gdansk Shipyard was established after 1945 in the place of former German shipyards. It was here that the "Solidarity" movement began in 1980, leading to the fall of communism in Poland. During the trip, sail around Ostrów Island, on which there is the 5th largest ship repair yard in the world. This is a unique and only opportunity to see specialized ships, Gdansk cranes (port cranes as a symbol of the city) and the internal quays of the Port of Gdansk.

Gdansk: Malbork Castle Regular Tour

3. Gdansk: Malbork Castle Regular Tour

Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world built with 12-15 million bricks it is even bigger than Windsor Castle. Malbork Castle is listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site and is visited by over 500,000 tourists each year. It is home to a museum with 40 thousand items including one of Europe’s largest collection of medieval architectural elements, a collection of artistic amber wares – unique all over the world, an impressive set of old weapons and military equipment, or the extensive coin collection, relating to the historic mints in Malbork. Your tour will begin when you are picked up from your hotel by an English speaking driver in a comfortable AC minibus, that will take to Malbork. Accompanied by a guide you will be able to enjoy sightseeing of Malbork Castle including a visit to the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Master, which was at one point the residence of the so-called Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and St. Mary’s Church. You will also be able to explore the castle’s various permanent and temporary exhibitions like a collection of weaponry, armor, flags and enormous Amber Museum. While you explore your guide will tell you all the interesting facts and stories of the castle. After your visit you will be taken back to your hotel.

Gdańsk: Motlawa River Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise

4. Gdańsk: Motlawa River Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise

Explore the sights along the Motlawa River in Gdańsk on this sightseeing catamaran cruise. Step back in time as you learn about the history of the city's most famous monuments from your audio guide. Admire sights like Polish Hook cape, Ołowianka Island, and Granary Island. Start your sailing adventure from the water tram stop on the left bank of the Old Motlawa district at the Green Bridge extension of Dluga Street. Get up close to the Green Gate and sail past the 15th-century crane attached to the National Maritime Museum. Cruise by the vibrant fish market and the modern apartment blocks in Brabank. Check out the old boats in the Gdansk Marina and see part of the Vistula river. Capture pictures of the Polish Hook cape and large industrial cranes in the Gdansk Shipyards. Go by the remains of a wall a Teutonic Castle and sail along the Dlugie Pobrzeze promenade. See how the warehouse ruins on Granary island have been redeveloped and take in views of Ołowianka Island. End your tour by returning to Green bridge.

Gdańsk: Tasting Polish Vodka and Traditional Appetizers

5. Gdańsk: Tasting Polish Vodka and Traditional Appetizers

Head to an authentic tavern to taste 6 shots of vodka with this experience in Gdańsk. Savor three different dishes that have been selected to compliment your dinks. Listen as your knowledgeable guide reveals the secrets of Polish vodka to you. Meet your host at waterside tavern. Make your way to the vodka tasting table to delight your senses with 6 types of vodka. Learn about these vodka brands and the history of vodka in Poland from your local host. Have a complete Polish experience by pairing your vodka with three small plates of food that is typically served while drinking. Let your host regale you with tales from Poland's communist past.

Gdansk: Guided Kayak Tour

6. Gdansk: Guided Kayak Tour

Join a kayak tour and experience Gdansk by the water. Many tourists take ferry rides, but a kayak tour allows you to explore a side of the city most people don't see. Enjoy a beginner-friendly kayak tour with easy-to-learn techniques. Gain a different perspective on the historical value of the Main City, paddle through canals, and enjoy the freedom to access locations inaccessible to tourist ferries.  As you paddle down the river, pass two of Gdansk's main islands, Granary Island and Olowianka Island, and make your way past attractions such as The Crane, Olowianka Footbridge, the beautiful Radunia Canal, as well as Gdansk Shipyard, and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic. 

Gdansk: Evening Kayak Tour

7. Gdansk: Evening Kayak Tour

Many visitors to Gdansk opt for a cruise, but a kayak tour allows you to explore a unique side of the city. Embark on a beginner-friendly kayak your with easy-to-learn techniques — a must-do for any tourist in this beautiful Polish port city. Gain a different perspective on the historical value of the Main City in the evening, as you paddle through canals.  Take advantage of the freedom to access locations inaccessible to cruise ships. As you paddle down the river, pass 2 of Gdansk's main islands, Granary Island and Olowianka Island. Make your way past attractions such as The Crane, Olowianka Footbridge, the beautiful Radunia Canal, as well as Gdansk Shipyard and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic.

Highlights of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot 1-day Private Tour

8. Highlights of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot 1-day Private Tour

Start your sightseeing with pick up you from your hotel or apartment or from the port and visit to the tourist center of Skwer Kościuszki in Gdynia. Then, go for a walk along the pretty embankment to see the famous full-rigged sailing ship of the Dar Pomorza. Learn more about the history pf the city at the City of Gdynia Museum. Experience the most famous walkway and longest jetty in Poland with a stroll along Monciak street and Plac Zdrojowy in Sopot. See French-style gardens and exotic plants in Park Oliwski in Gdańsk and learn all about the Cistercian church of Oliwa Archcathedral. Enjoy an amazing view of the Tricity area from a stunning viewpoint. Then, you will go to the Old Town of Gdansk. Marvel at the former gates of the Old Town, including the Upland Gate at the start of the Royal Way. Hear how this route was only accessible to the powerful monarchs in former days.  Continue to Long Market and the Town Hall. Then, pass Neptune Fountain and Arthur's Court (Dwor Artusa) to see the former meeting point of the city’s merchants, now a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. Go inside the court, where the walls are covered with friezes of mythological and historical characters. Finish the tour at the Green Gate overlooking the Motlawa River. This is an amazing tour for people, who want to visit the Tricity in one day, eat traditional Polish lunch - at your own expense - and have a great time.

Gdansk: Olivia Star Observation Deck with Dinner & Drinks

9. Gdansk: Olivia Star Observation Deck with Dinner & Drinks

Your luxury experience begins with pickup from your hotel and transfer to Gdansk’s iconic Olivia Star building. Upon arrival, head up to the Observation Desk where an evening of dinner and drinks, music, and breathtaking views await. Dine on a delicious dinner from the deck’s impressive menu, accompanied by drinks made by some of the city’s finest bartenders. While you eat, listen to fabulous music and have a dance if you fancy it. After dinner, head out onto the terrace, which boasts panoramic views of the city and Gdansk Bay. Soak up the romantic atmosphere as you watch the sunset transform the sky with an array of colors. At the end of an unforgettable experience, enjoy complimentary drop-off back to your hotel.

Electric Scooter Gdańsk: 90-Minute Guided Tour of Old Town

10. Electric Scooter Gdańsk: 90-Minute Guided Tour of Old Town

Explore Gdansk's old town and have fun on an electric scooter. Get the best recommendations from your local guide. The environmentally-friendly electric scooters avoid the need for long and tiring walks. Instead, jump aboard and ride your own scooter from location to location. The tour will last 90 minutes during which you will get the essence of Gdansk's old town. After a brief training session, the tour will head past the most important buildings and monuments of the city. Your guide will relate their history and recommend other places to visit during your stay in Gdansk.

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4.7 / 5

based on 548 reviews

Well, if son of mine - “complain about everything”teenager - said “it was quite enjoyable”, then it is definitely five stars (no jokes). We had a tour in english, it was intereseting and funny, it was worht every minute and coin spent.

Fantastic atmosphere in the evening. Very knowledgeable and entertaining captain. I would book this tour again, great value for the money.

Wspaniały spacer po najpiękniejszym mieście w Polsce! Ciekawe i zabawne historie, dużo dowiedzieliśmy się o Gdańsku.

To find the meeting point is difficult so reserve enough time. A sing showing the direction would be a good idea

As with all Hard Rock Cafe's, the service was outstanding!