River cruise near Rybina

Żuławy Wiślane – the romantic land in the North of Poland, veiled in history and a spirit of mystery, also called the «Polish Netherlands» where «everything is associated with water». The drainage network, protects the areas located up to 2 m below the sea level. The hydro-engineering equipment dating back to the peaceful Dutch Mennonites has been working continuously over the ages in order to keep the capricious Żuławy under control. The OstródaElblag Canal is a structure unique in the world. While traveling along certain sections of the canal, a ship is transported on a special platform moving on rails. In this way the ships cover the distance of 2300 meters of dry, grassy land up to a height of 100 meters


To see: Malbork: the largest brick castle in Europe.
Tczew and its bridges over 150 years old O Drewnica / Żuławki, its windmills, its arcade houses
Ilawa and its lake
The boat lift of the Elblag canal from Elblag to Ostróda on rail

To taste: Polish gastronomy: pierogi, bigos, soup-zurek, fresh fish from surrounding rivers, all accompanied with the famous vodka and local beers.

Most important : Gdańsk town and its 1000 year old history, its monuments, its historical and cultural patrimony



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Pieces of Poland from Madame Oreille on Vimeo.

Routes and Tourist attractions

Suggestions for cruises from Gdansk

One week

Zulawy Ring : Rybina, Elblag, Malbork, Gniew, Tczew, Rybina : 200 km – 7 locks – 25 hours

The Ostróda-Elblag Canal: Rybina – Elbląg – Elbląg Canal – Iława and/or Ostróda – Elbląg – Rybina, 250km, 4 locks, 5 platforms, 30 hours

One or two weeks

The Ostróda-Elblag Canal: Rybina – Elbląg – Elbląg Canal – Iława and/or Ostróda – Elbląg – Rybina : 250 – 350 km – 4 locks – 5 platforms – 30- 50 hours

Two weeks


Rybina – Elbląg – The Ostróda-Elbląg Canal – Iława and/or Ostróda – Elbląg – Malbork -Gniew – Tczew – Gdańsk – Rybina, ca. 340-500 km, 10 locks, 5 platforms, 6 drawbridges, 40 – 60 hours

Boats departing from this base

Haber 33 Reporter
Weekend 820 Deluxe
Vistula Cruiser 30 S
Vistula Cruiser 30 SE

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