A ‘Weekend’ in Gdansk: Discover Maritime Poland by Air – NEW TOUR
Gdansk – Tripadvisor’s No 1 European Emerging Destination 2018
Head to the beautiful Baltic coast and visit Gdansk. Visitors often overlook this wonderful city in favour of Krakow or Warsaw, but Gdansk has something special to offer. Listed by Tripadvisor as their no1 European ’emerging destination’ for 2018 and 5th worldwide, it is a great largely undiscovered gem!
Although Gdansk looks medieval, the buildings are largely reconstructions, whilst nevertheless beautiful with a strong Hanseatic influence. Rows of narrow merchant’s houses squash together along the waterfront – a lovely place to stroll. Packed with history, there is something to discover round every corner. In this important maritime city, the Second World War began and the Solidarność (Solidarity) movement was born. As you meander along Gdansk’s cobbled streets, pass through grand gates and by regal buildings on the Royal Route. Perhaps learn more about Baltic gold – amber, at the Amber Museum. Tastings of other local exports, including locally brewed beer and the national drink – vodka, can be arranged. In charming old town, filled with medieval brick churches and quaint cobbles, you’ll find a myriad of culinary treats. Why not experience Polish cuisine, from borscht to Polish gingerbread?
Why not head to Sopot, a trendy seaside resort near Gdansk – once you reach the coast, you can wander along the wooden pier and enjoy some time at the beach. Another excursion to Malbork Castle is simply delightful. At the beginning of the 1380s the Teutonic Knights started building a castle which they referred to as St. Mary’s Stronghold. In fewer than 30 years they had erected a quadrangular convent building complete with chapel, chapter house, dormitory, refectory, an enclosed courtyard and a bailey situated to the north. Wonderfully picturesque, it sits on the banks of the river, nestled in between trees.
Because of its location, Gdansk has a different feel to much of Poland, with charming merchant houses and Hanseatic influence. Filled with gems, Gdansk is beautiful, unassuming, and a Baltic gold treasure! With flight routes from numerous airports across the UK, its never been easier to discover this golden gem on the Baltic.
5th October 2018 & 15th March 2019
Arrive in Gdansk and Walk the Royal Route
Fly from the UK to Gdansk. A meet and greet assistant will meet you at the airport and help with the coach transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a walking tour of Gdansk to see the city’s highlights. Walk the Royal Route, which once served as the path for parades and ceremonies, to pass many of Gdansk’s treasures. Beginning at the Upland Gate fortification, pass through Gold Gate and amble past the Lion Court and Town Hall.
Oliwa and Sopot
Today, head to Sopot, a beach resort near Gdansk. En route visit Oliwa, one of the oldest parts of Gdansk, where you can enjoy organ concerts and a walk in Oliwa Park which is filled with trees from around the world. Arriving in the chic resort Sopot, admire the sea views while strolling along the longest wooden pier in Europe. Enjoy the fresh Baltic air with a walk on the beach before finding a cosy place to enjoy some lunch.
Returning to Gdansk, enjoy some free time to explore Gdansk at leisure. Perhaps stroll along the waterfront or hunt for Baltic gold, more commonly known as amber. Admire it in galleries, perhaps purchase some as a souvenir and why not learn all about it at the amber museum. Alternatively, head to the European Solidarity Centre for an insightful look into the Solidarność (Solidarity) movement, liberty and democracy.
Today, perhaps visit Malbork Castle, a UNESCO heritage site which dominates the surrounding countryside. Situated on the banks of the River Nogat, this impressive gothic structure was built by Teutonic knights, who called it Marienburg. It consists of three castles separated by multiple moats and towers, with the oldest part dating to the late 13th century.
Perhaps visit one of the castle’s restaurants for lunch at leisure before returning to Gdansk. There, why not head to the Old Town? Enjoy some Polish produce with a visit to a microbrewery or a delicious dinner of pierogi – Polish dumplings stuffed with a range of fillings.
Return to the UK
The time has come to depart from Gdansk. Pack your bags and fill your pockets with pierogi before transferring to the airport for your return flight.
Novotel Gdansk Centrum ***
Located in the centre of Gdansk, just steps from the Old Town, this hotel is in an excellent location for exploring. The hotel has arestaurant and lounge area as well as a fitness area and spacious garden. The rooms feature air conditioning, WIFI, LCD TV, safe, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities, shower and hair dryer.
Mercure Gdansk Old Town ****
Just 500m from the train station and very close to the Old Town, the Mercure is the highest building in the city. As well as views over the Old Town and shipyard, the hotel boasts a restaurant, bar and fitness centre. Bedrooms feature internet access, air-conditioning, 23 inch LCD TV, safe, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, shower, hairdryer and mineral water upon arrival.
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|Hotel||3 nights commencing||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|Novotel Gdansk Centrum
Mercure Gdansk Old Town
|5th October 2018
15th March 2019
|Prices on request||Prices on request|