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Gdańsk - 5 days
TRI-CITY, this is a common name of a conurbation of three cities - Gdynia, Gdańsk and Sopot. All three are complimentary to each other - thus as in an old marriage not always see eye to eye but cannot develop without each other.


1st DAY
Arrival in Gdańsk short guided tour via Old Town. Apart of Kraków, Gdańsk’s Main and Old Town is the richest complex of historical monuments in Poland. The Main Town, situated on the left bank of Motława River is particularly rich in architectural monuments. The main thoroughfare is ulica Długa (Long Street) and Długi Targ (Long Market) also called Royal Way in memory of the Polish Kings who took this route to enter the city. Walk via one of the most beautiful streets in Europe, it begins with the Golden Gate. Nearby stands the late baroque Uphagen House, now the Gdańsk Museum of Merchant House Interiors. Further on is the Main Town Hall. We reach the Long Market, surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses. On the left is Arthur’s Court. In front of Arthur’s Hall you will find the 17th century Neptune Fountain.
Diner in the hotel. 

 

2nd DAY
After breakfast guided tour in Gdańsk which it is part of the Tri-City area which includes the modern seaport of Gdynia and the resort town of Sopot. After visit the Old Town in Gdańsk you will visit Solidarity Square located close to the famous Gdańsk Shipyard and than Oliva Cathedral which contains the famous Organ (1763 -1788). Here you will be enjoying a short organ recital. Than you will take a part is a short cruise to Westerplatte which is a long peninsula at the entrance to the harbour. It has become famous after being the first place attacked during the World War II. The garrison held out for seven days before surrendering. The site has now become a memorial, with some ruins left as they were after the bombarding. You can also see a huge monument. Than you will go back to Sopot, where you can have a walk in the longest wooden pier in Europe. Sopot has a great geographical location - lying between the beautiful woods of the TriCity Landscape Park, and the numerous sand beaches of the Bay of Gdańsk.
Next you will go to Gdynia, to see the port Gdynia which is a young, but quickly expanding harbour city situated just at the seashore, offering many tourist attractions as well as splendid shopping opportunities and a lot of entertainment. The city was founded as a Polish harbour in 1926. Because of its unusual location, you will easily catch great views of the sea and beautiful scenery, and also find long stroll sidewalks, beautiful waterfronts, marinas and yacht clubs. Gdynia is the only city in Poland and one of the few in Europe to pride on such long and accessible seashore.
Diner in the restaurant in the Old Town in Gdańsk.

   

3rd DAY
After breakfast, trip to Szwajcaria Kaszubska Region. Kashubia comprises not only the part of coast and to the north-west part and to the north-west of Gdańsk., but also the picturesque lakes of Szwajcaria Kaszubska region. In this characteristic post-glacial landscape with hills up to 200 m. above sea level, there are almost 250 lakes. At the same time, it is one of the largest forest areas of Poland. The whole region is scarcely populated. Narrow, rarely frequented roads, runs into vicinity of country farms and through well-maintained villages. One of them is Wdzydze Kiszewskie – a small holiday side by the lake, with an open-air museum of the old Kashubian architecture. Next, you will visit Chmielno – popular summer resort, renowned for pottery. It is worthwhile seeing the Museum of Kashubian Pottery organised by the Familly of Necl and you will have opportunity to do the pot by yourself. Further trip to Kartuzy, this is a main town of Szwajcaria Kaszubska region and a major tourist centre. In the Kashubian Museum at Kościelna 1 Street traditional ware of artistic craft is presented. In the outskirts of town there is an old monastery with a church from the 14th century.
Diner in restaurant in Żukowo with folk performance. 

 

4th DAY
After breakfast, trip to Malbork. The history of the castle at Malbork dates from the last quarter of the 13th century. The castle of Malbork is the unique complex of three huge castles. It takes up the space of 21 ha and is surrounded by high city walls that are 4,5 metres wide. In Medieval Europe the Castle of Malbork was called "the biggest mount of bricks, north of Alps". The Castle Malbork was honoured with an entry into UNESCO's List of the World's Cultural Heritage. The city populated by forty-thousand inhabitants is visited each year by half a million of tourists.
From 1998 are organised chess tournaments in Malbork. The connection of beautiful interiors castle and of the king's game are what chess, causes that the tournament gladdens with the large interest.
On the way back to Gdańsk, short cruise via Elbląg Canal. Dating back to mid-19th century, the canal is known as a wonder of hydraulic engineering technology. In order to compensate the difference in altitude which totals 100m. along the whole trial, the cruise ship have to be transported several times overland with the use of special rail-mounted trolleys and slipways designed for that purpose.
Diner in the hotel.

 

5th DAY
After breakfast - departure.








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