This tour visits Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, known as the Tri-Cities. In Gdansk you enjoy a walking tour with visits to the Gothic Town Hall and St. Mary's Church. In Sopot you walk on the pier which stretches a quarter of a mile into the Baltic Sea. In Gdynia you explore Kosciuszki Square.
The Tri-Cities were originally three separate cities along this stretch of the Baltic Coast but they have since grown together, making a combined population of over a million people.
After meeting your guide you drive to the old town of Gdansk which is mostly a pedestrian zone so the majority of your time is spent on foot. Keep in mind that with a private tour you can control the pace and enjoy a quick stop to rest in a caf̩ if needed.
You'll stroll along the main thoroughfare called Dluga Street with a stop to see the Golden Gate. This 17th century old town entry gate was built in the Renaissance style. Also on this street is the famous Neptune Fountain which dates from 1613 and symbolizes the city's link to the sea.
You enjoy a visit to the interior of the Town Hall. This Gothic red brick building dates from the 14th century and it's Red Room is very impressive. The room was originally used for town council meetings. The bright red room with gilded background holds many beautiful sculptures and paintings.
You will marvel at the Artus Hall Court which was the city's Merchant Guild and also Poland's Stock Exchange. Some of the windows on the building are the height of nearby three story buildings. Amazingly this building was not destroyed in the war.
Finally is a visit to St. Mary's Church, thought to be the sixth largest church in the world. Also made of red brick in the Gothic period, the church can hold 25,000 people. You'll be impressed by Gothic Alters, one of the world's largest medieval clocks and Hans Memling's "The Last Judgment".
Following your Gdansk walking tour you have free time to enjoy lunch (meal not included) or to do some shopping. After the lunch break you drive to Sopot.
During the drive to Sopot is a brief stop in the beautiful neighborhood of Oliwa where you see the Gdansk Oliwa Cathedral. The church was begun in the 13th century but there were elements added and changed for about 500 years after that time. The extremely skinny, twin towered facade houses Poland's longest church. Many famous musicians perform on the cathedral's organ.
In the resort town of Sopot a park runs the full length of its seaside beach. You have the chance to walk out onto Poland's longest pier. The pier jets about 1,700 feet into the sea and allows its visitors wonderful views of the city and the coastline.
Next is a stop in the planned city of Gdynia. In the 1920s the government decided to build a large port to help with the already busy port in Gdansk. In a matter of 10 years the town of 10,000 grew to over a hundred thousand residents. In the harbor sits two famous museum ships from Poland's history.
You will visit the Kosciuszki Square which is located on the city's main street and has a picturesque fountain which is surrounded by beautiful flowers throughout the warm months. You will see a memorial dedicated to the Polish Seamen who lost their lives during World War II. The square is lined with luxurious houses that date to the 1930s.
After a full day visiting the Tri-Cities you return to the cruise pier in Gdynia.Mobility
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