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Joytrip.pl (Fieldorfa 11/3; tel. 58/320-61-69; www.joytrip.pl) has energetic guides who will take you around the Tri-City on foot, bike, kayak, motorboat, or any other means of transportation of your choice. While you bounce on bikes along the cobblestone lanes of the Old City (or off the beaten tracks), the guides pump you full of facts on history, art, and culture. After a short break, they are ready to party with you in bars and clubs. They'll tailor the ride to your fancies, going to Malbork if that's what you have in mind. The cost, naturally, depends on the package. It's roughly 450 z for 4 hours and 650 z for 8 hours.

A Subjective Bus Line

The former Gdansk Shipyard, the roots of the Solidarity movement, is open to the public only May to September. You gain passage via the twice-daily (11am and 2pm) "Subjective Bus Line," which is guided by shipyard workers who share their interpretations of historical events (hence the "subjective" nature of the ride). The bus takes off from the shipyard entrance near the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers . It makes several stops in the compound, including Waesa's workshop, the dockyard, and the Wyspa Art Institute. The narrations are in Polish only, so you'll need to bring a translator. Plans to regenerate the shipyard may kick in anytime, resulting in the discontinuation of the tour. But no one knows when "anytime" is, so call the organizers at Wyspa Art Institute (tel. 58/320-44-46; www.wyspa.art.pl) for updates and ticket prices.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.