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Gdansk Old Town Half-Day Private Walking Tour

1. Gdansk Old Town Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Walk through the historic heart of Gdansk Old Town and discover one of the most beautiful cities in Europe during a 4-hour tour. Starting from Dluga Street, site of the old market square, you will pass through the historic gates of the city, visiting Arthur's Court, Neptune Fountain, the Old Crane, and 15th-century Basilica of St Mary's. Soak up the charm of Gdansk Old Town, as you walk along Dluga Street, admiring superb Renaissance buildings and the flamboyant Town Hall. Look at the gilded statue of King Sigismund II Augustus of Poland perched high on the Town Hall spire. Pass Neptune Fountain to Arthur's Court, the former meeting place of the city’s merchants, now a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum. After a visit to the museum, continue to Green Gate overlooking the Motlawa River. Enjoy an amber polishing demonstration, with a short lecture on amber, at the Amber Court, and visit the Old Crane, one of the most popular symbols of the city. Marvel at the 15th-century crane, used to install ship masts and to load cargo. End your tour at Europe's biggest Gothic brick church, the stunning Basilica of St. Mary’s.

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Gdansk: Guided Kayak Tour

2. 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 to the city most people don't see. Enjoy a beginner friendly kayak tour with easy to learn techniques, a must for any visitor to Gdansk.  Gain a different perspective on the historical value of the Main City, paddle through canals and enjoy 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. 

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Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Complimentary Drinks

3. Gdansk: Pub Crawl with Complimentary Drinks

Start the evening by meeting your local guides and getting to know like-minded travelers. After checking in, head out on this party tour to explore Gdansk's nightlife. Visit three different bars and end the night in the city's biggest nightclub. At the first bar get two complimentary drinks from a selection of vodka cocktails, beers, or shots. Compete with your fellow crawlers with some drinking games to get to know each other even more.  Afterward, move on to the next two bars where you'll receive a welcome shot at each location. While you're moving about the city, be prepared for some crazy challenges and get ready to go out of your comfort zone. The last stop of the pub crawl is a three-level nightclub where you will have a skip-the-line entrance and can dance until sunrise. 

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Gdansk Old Town 2-Hour Walking Tour

4. Gdansk Old Town 2-Hour Walking Tour

Explore the compact Old Town of Gdansk to see a unique blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Mannerist architecture lining some of the most beautiful streets and squares in Europe. Perfect for those with limited time to explore, a professional guide will introduce you to an interesting assortment of monuments, telling fascinating stories along the way. Start at the Golden Gate, once part of the old city’s fortifications. Continue to the Torture Chamber, where executions were carried out until the middle of the 19th century. Next, go to the 16th-century Upland Gate, the main entry point of the Old Town, where the king of Poland would arrive in the city from Warsaw. Continue along the Royal Way to Long Market and the Town Hall. The focal point of Long Market is the Neptune Fountain of the sea god. Walk down to the banks of the Motława River before visiting The Crane, revealing the city’s golden age of trade. Pass St. Mary's Church, thought to be the largest brick church in the world, to end at the imposing Great Armoury, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the city.

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Gdansk: Private Communism Tour with Solidarity Center Museum

5. Gdansk: Private Communism Tour with Solidarity Center Museum

Start the walking tour in Gdansk Shipyard which was once the working place for thousands of people. Listen to stories about the communist era in Poland which was a hard time for all citizens. Discover how their determination led to the collapse of totalitarian systems in Europe. Learn about how Lech Walesa, the worker from the shipyard, became the leader of the first free trade union Solidarity and later became the first democratically-elected Polish president in post-WWII history. During the 2-hour version of the tour, see the Three Crosses Monument, the popular monument to the shipyard workers which shows how turbulent and dramatic the history of modern Europe was after 1945. Then walk through the historic Main Gate with 20 postulates of workers before continuing on to the old shipyard buildings. Stop at Sala BHP, the Shipyard Museum, where the agreement with the communists was signed. Finish the tour with a stroll around the shipyard to witness how work continues there to this day. See where the workers ate and receive a shot of Polish vodka. Opt to take the extended 4-hour version of the tour to spend an additional 2 hours exploring the European Solidarity Centre - one of the newest, interactive, and most interesting museums in Gdansk. Your guide will help you to understand the exhibition and the historical context surrounding the incident that took place in the Gdansk shipyard.

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Gdansk: Evening Kayak Tour

6. 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.

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Gdansk: Old Town Highlights Tour with Amber Altar Access

7. Gdansk: Old Town Highlights Tour with Amber Altar Access

Gdansk was the most important city for the economy of Poland in medieval times and it's one of the most unique places on earth. On this tour, you'll gain a better understanding of culture, history and everyday life of local people.  During this 2-hour walking tour, you'll see the highlights and main attractions of Gdansk including Neptune's Fountain, Arthur's Court, and The Old Crane. Explore St. Mary's Basilica, the largest brick-constructed gothic church in the world. An English-speaking guide will outline the history of these places to you, providing insights into the city's history and bustling urban life. The guide will also give you some tips about traditional restaurants, bakeries and other things that Gdansk is famous for. Rare among tours, you'll explore both the Old and Main town, gaining insights into Gdansk's historical and contemporary culture. Gaze in awe at the Amber Altar in St. Bridget's church, a perfect summation of Gdansk's commitment to fine craftsmanship in amber. Hear riveting stories of local life from your guide, exploring lesser-known sections of town all but unknown to most tour groups, primarily frequented by locals.

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Gdansk: Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing

8. Gdansk: Traditional Food Tour with Old Town Sightseeing

Explore the culinary culture of Poland, during a walking tour. A culture of eating has strong roots among Polish people and your professional guide will show you the best dishes in Polish cuisine.  Meet your guide at your first stop, a top Polish restaurant, where you will experience Polish cuisine in a nutshell with a great menu. Have a chance to try Polish specialties and dishes served only in Gdansk. While tasting up to 13 different kinds of dishes, your guide will tell you about some Polish traditions and customs and what meals are served on which occasions. After a delicious feast, take a walk around the Old Town and Main Town in the fantastic heart of Gdansk. Admire Gdansk’s highlights, such as Neptune’s Fountain, the Basilica of St. Mary and the Town Hall. Experience a medieval atmosphere, as you walk through the Old Town. You will also learn about Polish history, customs, and legends. At the end of the tour, visit a lovely patisserie, which is well-known in Poland. Enjoy a coffee and two fantastic desserts and create sweet memories of this trip.

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Stutthof Concentration Camp and Gdansk Old Town Private Tour

9. Stutthof Concentration Camp and Gdansk Old Town Private Tour

Take advantage of a comfortable pickup service and set off on a guided excursion to Stutthof Concentration Camp. Learn how it functioned during the Nazi occupation of Poland in WWII. See the barracks and gas chambers at the first concentration camp in Poland. Explore the whole area with a licensed guide and discover facts only heard there. Stutthof was the first concentration camp built in Poland by the Nazis. During its five years of existence, the camp held prisoners from 28 countries. Over 110,000 prisoners were tortured, forced to work, or died in the gas chambers. During the five-hour tour, you will explore the entirety of the site, see moving exhibitions, and enter Stutthof Museum Cinema. On the way back, take a relaxing walk toward a beach. Discover the white sand and amazing landscapes of the Baltic Sea. Enjoy the view and don’t worry about your return to Gdansk — just sit back and relax in the car. Drive straight to Gdansk Old Town for a great walking tour of the area's highlights. This adorable Old Town is full of surprises on every corner. Visit the biggest brick church in the world, St. Mary’s Church, see Arthur’s Court, Cranz, Golden Gate, and much more.

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Gdańsk: Islands and Canals Private Kayak Tour

10. Gdańsk: Islands and Canals Private Kayak Tour

Paddle through the canals of this Polish port city and access the secluded spots hidden from the land. Many tourists take ferry rides, but not everyone gets to experience Gdańsk from this alternative perspective. Explore a side of the city that most people don’t see.  Enjoy a beginner-friendly tour on either a double or single kayak depending on your skills and experience. Glide down the river and make your way past two of Gdańsk’s main islands, Granary Island and Olowianka Island, and the Soldek ship and the Crane – a former port crane.

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What people are saying about Gdansk Old Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 247 reviews

Amazing experience from beginning to end!! Guide was very knowledgable and made it really easy for a relative newbie. Would definitely recommend and do so again whenever I am back in Poland!!

We had a great night with Kiryl as our host. went to some fantastic bars, got absolutely smashed, had a good dance in the night club at the end and some how managed to crawl home gone 4am.

Our guide Elwira managed to fit a huge amount of interesting facts and information about Gbansk in the alloted 2hr tour. Elwira was very friendly and spoke excellent English.

Our tour guide was super informative and friendly. He was extremely educated on the history and gave us tons of great information. It was very sad history to see

A very skilled and committed tour guide, We got a fine and full insight into the city's buildings, sights, history, etc. Highly recommended!