A secretive RUSSIAN exclave on the baltic shores

Kaliningrad – Sovetsk – Curonian Spit


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Kaliningrad

  • Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of Kaliningrad International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).

  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Kaliningrad Region.

  • During the day we will explore Kaliningrad, formerly Königsberg, a rather greyish and yet fascinating Baltic port town, where German architectonic heritage, Stalinist grandeur and Soviet modernism incongruously run into each other.

  • Highlights of our city tour will include well-preserved Prussian-era buildings, such as the city gates, the fishing village, the old bridges over the Pregolya river and the German cathedral, as well as the rather brutal House of the Soviets, a truly impressive concrete attraction.

  • We'll also pay a visit to the house and the grave of Immanuel Kant, the world-famous German philosopher who spent his entire life in Prussian Königsberg.

  • After a traditional Prussian lunch we'll continue our city tour by paying a visit to the legendary B-413 Soviet Submarine Museum and the Kaliningrad Amber Collection.

  • Dinner and overnight in Kaliningrad.

DAY 2 - Kaliningrad Hinterlands

  • We'll devote the entire day to the exploration of the rarely visited countryside, which has plenty of Prussian heritage and Soviet nostalgia to offer.

  • You will feel romantic and melancholic while travelling across desolate plains, dark forests and misty moorlands dotted with crumbling German ruins and traditional Russian villages: enjoy this unique offbeat Baltic experience!

  • Our main stops in the Kaliningrad backcountry will include: Gvardeysk, formerly Tapiau, and Chernyakhovsk, formerly Insterburg, slightly eerie Prussian towns famous for their forts and the Trakehner stud farms; Sovetsk, formerly Tilsit, renowned for its Teutonic bridges and buildings, and Neman, formerly Ragnit, located right on the border with Lithuania and home to impressive castle ruins.

  • Driving away from the New Iron Curtain (the frontier between Russia and EU-and-NATO-member Lithuania) we'll slowly head back to Kaliningrad breaking the journey in some truly desolate and highly photogenic towns along the way such as Shepetovka and Bolshakovo.

  • Before reaching Kaliningrad we'll make a final historical stop in Polessk, formerly Labiau, and Turgenevo, formerly Groß Legitten, for a last taste of Prussian atmospheres.

  • Dinner and overnight in Kaliningrad.

DAY 3 - Baltic Coast, Curonian Spit and Lithuanian Border

  • Today we'll be spent travelling along the poetic Baltic coast.

  • We'll begin our journey by visiting Baltiysk and Yantarny, renowned for their Soviet military bases, ancient lighthouses, pretty seaside cottage and amber mining traditions.

  • We'll then continue north to the Prussian, and later Soviet, resort towns of Svetlogorsk and Zelenogradsk, famous for their pretty historical buildings and endless white beaches.

  • After lunch we'll finally reach the Curonian Spit , a curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast.

  • Since 2000, the Curonian Spit has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and for a good reason: this 98-km long and only 500-m wide strip of land is a place full of magic: white sand dunes, pristine wetlands, green meadows, untouched pine forests and dreamlike beaches create the perfect natural backdrop to an even more captivating history of Teutonic knights, Prussian outposts, war relics, Soviet secret bases and bohemian artists' colonies.

  • Dinner and overnight in Kaliningrad.

DAY 4 - Flight back home or onward journey to further Soviet destinations

  • After enjoying a last Prussian breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to either Kaliningrad International Airport or Kaliningrad City Bus Station for your trip back home and/or your connection to yet another exciting destination in the region such as Belarus, Lithuania or mainland Russia.

  • For those wishing to explore the Baltics: we'll organise a 7-day trip across the three post-Soviet EU-states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), focussing our sightseeing on the Soviet and Russian heritage of the region; the cost of this extension is 990 € per person based on a 4-person group.

  • End of the tour.


3 to 9 participants: 695 € per person
Regular monthly departures


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (car or minivan), entrance fees for the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.


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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Karelia and/or Belarus