2. Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot: 8-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour
Formally called the Tricity region by the Tricity Charter of 2007, the 3 Baltic Sea cities of Gdansk, Gdynia, and Sopot had informally been referred to as the tricity for much longer. Among the most handsome cities of Gdansk Bay, they provide a glorious backdrop for this 8-hour sightseeing excursion to some of their most notable attractions. During the first part of this trip, visit the Old Town of Gdansk. The charm of Old Town Gdansk attracts millions of tourists each year. Start by taking a walk down Długa Street, which is one of the most beautiful European markets that is nestled around a dazzling selection of renaissance buildings. It leaves from the Golden Gate and passes by the Town Hall, Neptune fountain, Arthur's Court and finishes by the Green Gate overlooking the Motława River. On a way see The Museum of Arthur's Court and the Amber Chamber with amber polishing demonstration and a short lecture on amber. Stop by the Old Crane, which happens to be one of the most popular symbols of the city and to the church of St Mary, Europe's biggest gothic brick church. Visit beautiful suburb of Oliwa. Go to the 16th-century Gdansk Oliwa Cathedral, the longest Cistercian church in the world, famous for its organs and unforgetable organ concert. Consecrated in 1594, the 3-nave basilica its an artful mix of the Baroque, Rococo, and Renaissance. Listen to a beautiful organ recital inside the church before driving to Gdynia Harbor. Swap religious devotions for maritime marvels at the good ship Dar Pomorza, a striking tall-ship sailing frigate that dates back to 1909. Now preserved as a museum ship, it served as a sail training ship before winning the Cutty Sark Trophy in 1980. Climb on board and explore the Twin Deck, where students lived during training cruises. See pictures and maps that depict Dar Pomorza’s history, and objects from her sailing past. Continue to the spa and seaside resort of Sopot, where you will walk along the promenade and the longest wooden pier in Europe. Constructed in 1827, it stretches for more than 1,600 feet (500 meters) into the Bay of Gdansk and will reward you will lovely views back at Sopot’s terracotta-tiled buildings. Enjoy the most important places in Tricity and area and learn from your guide what else you can discover on your own after this tour.