Gdynia, Poland

Introduction to Gdynia, Poland

The Baltic port for the old Hanseatic city of Gdansk.

An important seaport with an intriguing history, the oldest building in Gdynia is the St. Michael the Archangel’s church, built in the 13th century, while the port itself houses two museum ships.

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GDANSK - CITY OF SOLIDARITY

  • Discover why Gdańsk was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement
  • Appreciate the elaborate displays and dioramas that bring the past back to life in the Solidarity Museum
  • Explore Gdansk Old Town with a knowledgeable guide
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Admire the city of Gdańsk and the Museum dedicated to the Solidarity movement.

En route to the Solidarity Museum pass by the Solidarity Monument - a memorial to the shipyard workers killed in riots in 1970, and a symbol of the fight for freedom. The museum traces the history of the Solidarity Movement and Poland’s struggle with communism. Outside discover the wall Lech Walesa climbed to lead the shipyard workers as well as a section of the Berlin Wall. There is also an armoured tank used to stop demonstrations. Slide shows and crackling film reels tell the stories of the political uprisings and martial law. 

Proceed by coach to Gdańsk Old Town, to begin your guided walk. Stroll through the Golden Gate – a grand ornamental arch that once allowed access through the medieval city’s defensive walls, before continuing down Long Street - lined with marvellous buildings decorated with elaborate façades and crowned by a myriad of ornate gables.

Passing the Gothic-style Town Hall and Long Market, you then see the beautiful 15th century merchants’ palace of Artus Court. Pause at Neptune’s Fountain to admire this monumental symbol of Gdańsk’s Hanseatic past before turning into the cobbled Mariacka Street, which delights visitors with its lively atmosphere, quaint shops, swish boutiques, jewellery shops and galleries. Here visit St Mary’s Church, or Church of Our Lady – possibly the largest brick built church in the world, capable of holding up to 25,000 people. Situated in the centre of the Old Town, this medieval church took 159 years to build, and its deceivingly plain exterior belies a bright, spacious interior with large windows and more than 30 beautifully decorated chapels. The high altar displays a lovely polyptych, the floor is covered with ancient tombstones and the northern transept holds an amazing 15th century astronomical clock complete with the zodiac cycle and a calendar of the saints.

Some free time will allow you to explore further or shop for souvenirs such as amber and silver jewellery, local artwork and handicrafts.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility – it involves walking and steps at the Solidarity Museum and approximately one and a half kilometres of walking in Gdańsk. The route actually followed may vary from that described. There are a few steps to negotiate and cobblestones in Mariacka Street. You should have a little free time, approximately 30 minutes, in the Old Town of Gdańsk. 

 


Shore Tours in Gdansk

GDANSK ON YOUR OWN

  • Discover the historical city of Gdańsk
  • Admire the many monuments and gabled architecture in the Old Town
  • Spend time at leisure exploring ‘the city of freedom’

 

Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4.75 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

A perfect choice for guests wishing to explore the Old Town of Gdańsk both with a guide and independently.

Upon arrival in the city of Gdańsk you will walk through the Old Town. From Green Gate you enter the pedestrian area to see such highlights as Long Market in Long Street, Neptune’s Fountain, St Mary’s Church, the cobbled Mariacka Street and Long Wharf with its crane.

You will then have approximately one and a half hours in which to explore further or shop for souvenirs such as amber and silver jewellery, local artwork and handicrafts. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: We would like to point out that it is quite easy to visit Gdańsk independently, however, this tour is accompanied by a fully qualified, English speaking guide. After the walk with the guide – approximately two kilometres – the amount of walking undertaken is at guests’ own discretion. For those wishing to purchase souvenirs, the Polish Zloty, Euro and credit cards are usually accepted.


Shore Tours in Gdansk

MALBORK CASTLE

  • Journey into the colourful Polish landscape
  • Admire the elaborate Malbork Castle, a designated UNESCO world heritage site
  • Enjoy time at leisure and appreciate the beautiful 13th century fortified monastery

 

Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Venture into the Polish countryside to see the Teutonic Knights’ Castle of Malbork, and explore its fascinating history.

Poland’s rich heritage comes to life in its impressive medieval castles, and the fortified Gothic complex of Malbork is one of the largest, oldest and most popular. Construction along the Nogat River commenced in 1274, when the Teutonic Knights created this massive stone fortress that includes formidable defensive walls, towers, a labyrinth of chambers and dungeons, and wonderful architectural details. In 1309, the Knights’ headquarters moved from Venice to Malbork, inspiring the addition of the Grand Masters’ Palace to the castle.

In 1457, Malbork returned to Polish control and served as the royal residence of the Polish kings for the next 300 years. Extensive restoration took place when the castle was acquired by the Polish Government in the 19th century and, more recently, after the ravages of World War II destroyed half the structure. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle complex and its grand exhibition halls, which display collections of armoury, ceramics, sculptures and Baltic amber. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves extensive walking – at least one and a half kilometres, plus cobblestones and numerous steps. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. What may be viewed is subject to change. You should have a little free time at the Castle, where there are toilet facilities and a small souvenir shop. 


Medieval Gdansk

MEDIEVAL GDANSK

  • Explore the medieval town of Gdańsk and admire the marvellous buildings
  • Appreciate the granary and step back in time with the sights, sounds and smells
  • Enjoy a beer tasting at the old brewery

 

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
  • Explore the medieval town of Gdańsk and admire
    the marvellous buildings
  • Appreciate the granary and step back in time
    with the sights, sounds and smells
  • Enjoy a beer tasting at the old brewery

Enjoy a guided walk through the medieval heart of Gdańsk, a visit to a granary and a memorable beer tasting at the old brewery.

The Blue Lamb Granary is a very interesting place. It is situated on Granary Island where, until 1945, around 350 granaries stood. Now there is only one original granary building left, dating from the 17th century and with its unique, original timber construction. Inside there is a splendid exhibition showing Gdańsk through the centuries. Lifelike figures take you back to medieval times and you can hear the sounds and smell the aromas of the medieval city. After one of the most important archaeological excavations held in Gdańsk several years ago, many graves of former citizens were discovered. Anthropologists and paleopathologists reconstructed the looks of the citizens of Hanseatic Gdańsk and it is possible to see some of their work today.

Gdańsk’s 1,000 years of history have left a collection of buildings and monuments designed in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles – discover such highlights as the ornamental arch of the Golden Gate, Long Street lined with fascinating buildings, the Town Hall, Long Market and the 15th century palace of Artus Court on your guided tour of the Old Town. Admire St Mary’s Church, the pride of Gdańsk. Situated in the centre of the Old Town, this medieval church took 159 years to build and its deceivingly plain exterior belies a bright spacious interior with large windows and more than 30 beautifully decorated chapels.

After your visit to the medieval town you will drop into the Old Brewery. At Brovarnia Gdańsk you will learn about the brewing process and see how the beer is made from natural products, using traditional recipes and modern technology. You then have a tasting, to gain some strength before you return to the 21st century.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves extensive walking – at least two kilometres, plus cobblestones and numerous steps. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will taste two beers and have a local speciality bread to accompany them. The route actually followed may vary from that described. 

 


Shore Tours in Gdansk

PANORAMIC TOUR OF GDANSK

  • Admire the highlights of the city from the comfort of your coach
  • Discover for yourself why picturesque Gdańsk is called the ‘Pearl of the North’


 

Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4.25 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Its unique location and over a thousand year history have placed Gdańsk on the European map as a distinct city, with a strong and grounded position. Yet this city still hides many mysteries and therefore, has that special something which makes it stand out from the rest. 

Upon arrival in the old town of Gdańsk you will have an optional walk from Green Gate. Entering the pedestrian area you can see such highlights as the Main Town Hall, the 15th century Merchants Palace of Artus Court and Neptune’s Fountain – a monumental symbol of Gdańsk’s Hanseatic past and its connection with the sea.

Back onboard, the coach continues and will pause at the waterfront canal to appreciate the view of the ruined barracks and concrete bunkers, together with the huge Monument to Defenders of Westerplatte, all of which bear witness to the struggle during World War II.

You then drive through the small town of Oliwa, passing the Abbot’s Palace and Gardens and the beautiful Oliwa Cathedral. Located in the grounds of an old Cistercian monastery, the Oliwa Cathedral dates back to the 13th century and is a mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Rococo styles. A photo stop is made here before the return drive to the ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2014 SCANDINAVIA & BALTIC SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This is predominantly a driving tour and is therefore considered suitable for all guests as long as they are able to board the coach unaided. There is walking involved in order to see the highlights of the old town as this is a pedestrianised area. Guests can remain on the coach during this part of the tour, which is approximately 45 minutes, and at the photo stops if they wish. 


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