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About Gdansk

The Polish city and increasingly popular Baltic cruise port Gdynia is only 80 years old but some of its churches and palaces date back as far as the 13th Century.  The main Kocluszki Square is the hub, with many open-air concerts, festivals and other events taking place there during the summer.

Gdansk cruises most popular shore excursion takes you to majestic Malbork, Europe's largest Gothic fortress and the former seat of the Order of the Teutonic Knights.

But the jewel in this regions crown is undoubtedly the former Hanseatic city of Gdansk (once Danzig). This cruise destination also found more recent fame as the birthplace of the Polish freedom movement, Solidarity.

For those Gdansk cruise passengers who want to spend a few hours ashore, the pedestrianised Old Town centre is a wonderful place to wander, shop or enjoy a coffee before exploring its many historic sights, of which the 13th Century Gothic Oliwa Cathedral with its fabulous rococco organs is probably the pick.

 

Shore excursions in Gdansk

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Gdansk and Malbork Castle

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Castles and palaces are a part of Poland's history and heritage and this full day excursion will take you to Malbork Castle, one of the largest and most popular castles in Poland.

Your drive to Malbork Castle passes through the colourful countryside alongside small villages where houses, farm buildings, fields, meadows and sometimes horse-drawn carts can be seen. In 1274, Teutonic Knights started construction of a Gothic fortified complex with defensive walls, towers, and a labyrinth of chambers, dungeons and wonderful architectural details. In 1309, the Grand Master moved the headquarters from Venice to Malbork and the castle was extended by adding the Grand Master's Palace and Outer Castle. This was one of the largest fortresses of medieval Europe. In 1457, Malbork returned to Polish control and for the next 300 years the castle acted as the royal residence of Polish kings. In the 1800’s, extensive restoration took place, but the ravages of WWII destroyed half the castle. Since then, further restoration has taken place. Your guided tour includes the castle complex and its grand exhibition halls, including the Baltic amber, collection of armoury, ceramics, glass and sculpture.

A delicious lunch will be served at a local restaurant overlooking the Vistula River, before your tour continues to Gdansk. Upon arrival, follow your guide as they lead you on a guided walking tour along the charming medieval streets to St. Mary's Church. Beginning near the Green Gate, you’ll pass Long Street, Long Market, Artus Mansion, Neptune’s Fountain and St. Mary’s Street.

Your return journey to Gdynia takes you via Solidarity Square and Sopot.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.Flash photography is not permitted inside St. Mary’s Church. This tour involves approximately 2 hours’ walking including cobbled streets and steep steps at the Castle.

Gdansk On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 6 hours

This tour is perfect for those who wish to discover the Hanseatic city of Gdansk at their own pace.

Gdansk is an elegant city that dates back to 997 AD and was the site of the beginning of WWII. Throughout the centuries it has played many roles; rich port, cultural centre and most recently the birthplace of the Solidarity Movement.

On arrival in Gdansk you’ll receive a city map to help you choose which of the many sights you want to visit. Make your way through the main town from the imposing Green Gate and see the contrasting architecture as you stroll down Long Street, a 13th Century merchant’s road.

You’ll have free time to discover some of Gdansk’s many treasures at your own leisure. Visit St Mary’s Basilica, the world’s largest brick church or head off the beaten tracks to find hidden gems amongst the pretty side streets. If you are feeling peckish sample Polish cuisine at one of restaurants nearby or simply relax with a coffee and watch the world go by. This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your time to suit your needs and make the most of your visit to this city.

At a time specified by your escort, you’ll return to your coach for the return drive to Gdynia.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on by coach and on foot . This tour is unguided and exclusive of refreshments and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the coach. Please remember to take local currency. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, so please listen carefully for the pick-up time and place. The transfer time to Gdansk is approximately one hour. Local currency is Zlotys – this is not carried onboard but can be obtained at banks and ATM’s. Euros and credit cards are also widely accepted. Depending on where coaches can drop off on the day, there may be a walk of up to 500 metres from the coach parking area to the town centre.

Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

The ‘Tri-City-Stretch’ includes Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, and this popular option introduces you to all three.

The drive to Gdansk passes the Abbot’s Palace and 13th century Oliwa Cathedral in Gdynia.

Once in Gdansk, you leave the coach and walk across a bridge over the Motlawa River to enjoy a view of the Old Port and Long Wharf with its famous wooden crane. Then, it’s a short walk to Green Gate where you’ll enter the pedestrian area of the main town for some free time. Re-joining the coach, you’ll drive to see the Solidarity Monument.

Completing your Tri-City tour is a stop at Sopot hailed as the summer capital of Poland with its lovely, wide sandy beaches and pier, which juts 1,693 feet into the sea. Head to the ‘Black Pearl’ pub at Sopot beach for refreshments before having some free time to explore.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour including cobbled streets and uneven ground. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. If you wish to use rest room facilities during this tour, please be advised that many restaurants and cafés will make a charge, which is not included in the tour price. The order of sights visited may vary depending on local conditions.

Hanseatic Gdansk

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the ‘jewel in the crown’ of this region – the historic, Hanseatic city of Gdansk.

Impressive architecture will surround you as your guide takes you through charming medieval streets and introduces you to the Gothic St Mary’s Church. Your guided walk will start near the Golden Gate, a grand ornamental arch that once allowed access through the medieval city’s defensive walls. Continue along Long Street, lined with marvellous buildings decorated with elaborate façades. Pass the Town Hall, Long Market and the beautiful 15th century Merchants’ Palace of Artus Court and pause at Neptune’s Fountain, before walking down to the waterfront canal. You’ll turn up Mariacka Street, lined with numerous quaint shops and lovely terraced buildings, leading you to St Mary's Church - the pride of Gdansk.

St Mary’s Church is the world’s largest brick-built church, accommodating some 25,000 worshippers. The 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 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.

Enjoy some free time to explore further, before the return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive between Gdynia and Gdansk is approximately 1 hour each way. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Church. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over cobbled streets.

On the Road to Freedom

Activity high

Duration: 5½ hours

Gdansk was where WWII began and where the Solidarity movement made the first crack in the mighty Soviet Empire.

The tour will start with a drive to Westerplatte where, on September 1st 1939, World War 2 began. En route to Gdansk you’ll pass by Lech Walesa’s house.

Your guide will lead you through Gdansk’s charming medieval streets, starting near the Golden Gate and along Long Street. You’ll see the Town Hall, Long Market and the 15th- century Merchants' Palace of Artus Court. Pause at Neptune’s Fountain to admire this monumental symbol of Gdansk's Hanseatic past, before walking along Mariacka Street to see the pride of Gdansk, St Mary's Church, which took 159 years to build (interior visit).

After a short coach transfer, you’ll visit the Exhibition entitled ‘Roads to Freedom’, located next to the Gdansk Shipyard. In 1980, the Shipyard became the focus of nationwide strikes in Poland, forcing the communist government to concede to workers’ demands for the right to form an independent trade union. Solidarity, with Lech Walesa as its chairman, was born. Amongst the exhibits the ‘Roads to Freedom’ multimedia presentation shows the famous postulates scribbled on plywood boards that were hung over the gate of the Gdansk Shipyard on 28th August 1980. The boards have been entered into the UNESCO ‘World Memory List’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour involves an estimated 2 hours of walking and includes cobbled streets.

 

A selection of cruises to Gdansk

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