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Private Westerplatte Tour by Car or Cruise Transport

1. Private Westerplatte Tour by Car or Cruise Transport

This tour is designed to give you an insider's view of the area's tumultuous past, while at the same time, showing you its current beauty. Westerplatte was for centuries a military base for many different armies, most people associate it with a date: the 1st of September 1939. Even though other Polish cities were attacked a few minutes earlier than Westerplatte, this place is the symbol for the beginning of the Second World War. Here 200 Polish soldiers heroically fought the Nazis which outnumbered them by 8 times. Nowadays in Westerplatte you can see the remaining Guardhouse No.1 and the remains of a barracks. The whole area is quite small so you will walk though it. You will see a small military cemetery and a huge Monument to the defenders of the Polish Coast. A large monument pays tribute to those Polish defenders and marks the spot where the entire world was plunged into war just 60 years ago. The Westerplatte tour is offered in 2 options: Standard option: First you will be picked up from your hotel in Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot. Of course your private guide will be with you during whole trip so you will get information about the history of Gdansk and Westerplatte already in the car. Alternative option (cruise): You are going to meet your private guide near the Golden Gate in Gdansk. So you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the Royal Way and hear how this route was only accessible to the powerful monarchs in earlier days. Then you will take a 45-minute long cruise to the Westerplatte by the “Black Pearl” or “Galleon Lion” and after a 2-hour sightseeing ride you will return in the same way. During the boat trip you will have the opportunity to see the Main Town from river Motława side, Dead Vistula River, the shipyards and the harbor.

Gdansk: Fighting for Freedom Private Tour

2. Gdansk: Fighting for Freedom Private Tour

Discover the fascinating past of Gdansk on this tour through its turbulent history. Learn about its ongoing struggles since the Second World War, and its long fight for freedom and justice throughout the 20th century. Your tour begins with a transfer to Westerplatte Peninsula, an area guarding an entrance to the Gdansk harbor, and the place where the WWII began. At the time, the Polish Military Transit Depot was fighting against an enemy 13 times its size. From there, you will continue to the Gdansk Shipyard, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement.

Gdansk: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour with Transport

3. Gdansk: Full-Day Private Guided City Tour with Transport

Enjoy pickup from your hotel and hit the road with your local guide. Start off with a visit to the historic Old Town, and admire the beautiful architecture, colorful buildings, and narrow alleyways that date back to Medieval times. Pass through the famous Golden Gate, Arthur’s Court, and Neptune Fountain, then visit St. Mary’s Church. Stop by the beautiful Motlawa River next, then marvel at the Amber Altar at St. Bridget’s Church. From there explore the Shipyard and learn about its importance in the development of Gdansk. Arrive in the Oliwa district and soak up the Gothic architecture then check out Oliwa Cathedral and listen to an organ concert. Stretch your legs on a stroll through Oliwa Park, home to an idyllic Japanese Garden. Afterwards, stop by Gdansk Bay followed by a walk along Brzenzo Pier. Finally, visit Westerplatte, the site where World War Two began, and listen to your guide’s fascinating historical stories. Stop by the neighboring military cemetery before relaxing on the return journey to your hotel.

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Great trip !. A very flexible approach. There is no rigid, mandatory framework. Everything can be arranged with a guide. It is worth going to the Museum of World War II before such a trip, there would probably be more questions. We did in reverse order and we regret it. I would probably recommend to friends who want to have a unique trip with their own exclusive guide. A knowledgeable guide. He spoke about Gdańsk with great passion, you can see that he is proud of where he lives and that he can talk about the history of this city.

Not only was it a very interesting and informative tour, but it was super fun, all questions were answered and the knowledge of our guide (Stanislaw) was truly amazing. He brought us closer to Poland and its history in an exciting and eventful way.

Very well structured, interesting and entertaining!