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Gdansk: City Cruise on Historical Polish Boat

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: Sunset Cruise on a Historic Polish Boat

Gdańsk: Sunset Cruise on a Historic Polish Boat

Experience breathtaking views of the setting sun against the background of shipyard cranes. Discover Gdańsk from a water perspective onboard a replica of a Polish riverboat used for over 400 years. An intimate, wooden and spacious 12-seater boat will take you to places unavailable to large ships, and thanks to the low number of passengers, feel at ease and special. Start the cruise from the former areas of the Gdańsk Shipyard, which was unavailable to visitors for over 170 years. Next, go on a cruise on Motława - the center of the Old Town. 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 the Ołowianka Island and Granary Island. This trip is also a unique and only opportunity to see up close specialist vessels, Gdansk cranes.

Gdańsk: Sightseeing EcoCruise around the Old Town of Gdansk

Gdańsk: Sightseeing EcoCruise 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. Listen to fascinating stories from the audio guide. 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 50 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 69 PLN per person, which includes the supervision of two skippers. Our boat can accommodate up to 8 people. Embark on an extraordinary journey through the city's rich history, spanning centuries, with our scenic tour, enhanced by an exciting audio guide. Discover the hidden corners of the city, told by your audioguide, providing an unforgettable experience as you journey through history and the present! 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!

Gdansk: Firearm Shooting Experience with Instructor

Gdansk: Firearm Shooting Experience with Instructor

Take part in an unforgettable experience at a shooting range in central Gdansk. Choose from a range of guns used by Polish soldiers and try out automatic mode. Receive training from an experienced instructor to learn how to use the gun or improve your technique, depending on your experience level. On arrival at the shooting range, meet your instructor, who will have practical and theoretical knowledge to share with you from their time in the special forces or anti-terror police. Discover the 82 ft (25 m) indoor shooting range and learn how to handle, load, and shoot the various weapons. Try shooting targets, turntables for dynamic shooting, and automatic poppers. If you're more advanced, make things more of a challenge with obstacles or one of the different shooting positions. If you're interested, feel the power of the fully automatic mode.

Gdańsk: City Sights and History Guided Walking Tour

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.

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

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, and refreshing Prosecco, 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. 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.

Gdansk: Westerplatte Tour by Galleon Ship

Gdansk: Westerplatte Tour by Galleon Ship

Come to the meeting point and board a 17th-century style galleon. Next, set off on a journey along the waterways of Gdansk. Float past many of the ports landmarks, including the shipyard and dry docks. Listen to live commentary along the way to learn about the city's history. Marvel at the view of Wisloujscie Fortress, navigate around the Westerplatte peninsula and its historic monument commemorating the outset of World War II. Return to Gdansk right away or take a break to visit the monument, bunkers, watchtower or take a stroll on the beach at Westerplatte (decide before boarding in Gdansk, not always available!). Buy some food and drinks from the bars and restaurants on the ship.

Gdańsk: Scenic Sunset Cruise with Glass of Prosecco

Gdańsk: Scenic Sunset Cruise with Glass of Prosecco

The cruise will start from the quay - at the Footbridge - Wartka Street (meeting point marked in photos) During the cruise around the port, you will see Westerplatte, Wisłoujście Fortress, port cranes, quays, dry docks and ships - both those under renovation and during loading/unloading. The port is alive all year round! Also, we will sail out of the harbor into the bay and set sail. We provide a comfortable seagoing yacht with a toilet, two decks (open and closed) and everything you need to spend time comfortably. Most of the cruise takes place in the port of Gdańsk using an engine. The exit from the port is quite long, and along the way we will see many interesting objects and port life. We reach the mouth of the port into the Bay of Gdańsk and there, depending on the weather conditions, we enter the bay for a moment or turn back before it.

Gdańsk: Motlawa River Sightseeing Catamaran Cruise

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.

Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

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.

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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 people are saying about Gdansk

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So happy we chose this tour. Norris was an amazing tour guide, super knowledgeable, and really helpful. I was surprised by the route we took, down to the dockyards and communist side of town, really very interesting and a side of gdanak I don't think we would have seen without the tour. We managed to see all the major sites too and I'm really pleased we chose this over a walking tour.

We really liked it! I was worried I might feel seasick but no chances - the water on the river is very calm. Even though there wasn’t a spectacular sunset, the colours of the sky were lovely, we got extra blankets to stay warm. We will cherish this memory, it was just such a great experience, highly recommend!

Really lovely tour - starting with the shipyards and going through the main town. Beautiful and serene

Hubert was the best skipper, took care of us made us laugh a ton all in all a great experience

Interest boat ride. Skipper Mike (I think) was informative. I would recommend.