Recommended period: all year round Destination: Kaliningrad, Curonian Spit, the village of Yantarny, Svetlogorsk Main sights: sightseeing tour, Amber Museum, the Konigsberg Cathedral, Curonian Spit, "Amber Coast", sights of Svetlogorsk Accommodation: 4* Holiday Inn Kaliningrad Meals: breakfast Transport: comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
Kaliningrad is an amazing city in which German architecture is harmoniously combined with buildings of the Soviet era. Here you will see Lutheran churches, Gothic gates, old German villas and modern buildings made of glass and concrete. You will get acquainted with the past of this ancient city, learn about how it lives now and how the life of modern Kaliningraders is arranged. You can plunge into the past and present of the city, and hear all the most interesting facts and legends about it.
Welcome to the bright and sunny town of Russia - Kaliningrad ! This is a real "Russian Europe" with an amazing atmosphere, unique monuments and fantastic landscapes. Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport and you will start your unforgettable journey into the pages of the history of the western region of Russia begins here!
At first you will be invited to go for a sightseeing tour and will see the main sights of the city: Victory Square, the Castle pond, the "Fighting Bison" - a sculpture in front of the Konigsberg Land Court, a monument to Peter I in front of the Baltic Fleet headquarters, a drama theater, the area of old German villas Amalienau - formerly a prestigious suburb of Konigsberg, the city's defensive fortifications dated to the end of the 19th century, the Royal and Rosgarten gates of the 19th century and many other interesting sights. You will visit the Amber Museum - this is the largest Amber museum in our country! It was opened in 1979 and located in the fortress tower of the middle of the 19th century in the center of Kaliningrad, on the shores of a picturesque lake. You should definitely visit the Konigsberg Cathedral on the island Kneiphof (an example of North German Gothic of the 14th century), where the tomb of the famous philosopher I.Kant is located, learn the history of the main church of the city. Wonderful organ concerts are held here, the atmosphere after which inspires.
Then we continue our excursion day by visiting the Marzipan Museum at the Brandenburg Gate.
And finally after excursions your guide will help you to check-in at the hotel (after 14.00). There you can rest and relax, as well as have lunch or dinner on your own in one of the nearby restaurants - your guide will be happy to tell you where to go.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
After breakfast you will go for an excursion to Curonian Spit (Kurshskaya Kosa). The Curonian Spit, created by the sea and the wind, is a narrow sandy strip of land, where the salty sea adjoins the freshwater bay. This unique and picturesque place was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and recognized as a state natural national park.
During the excursion you will learn: what caused the formation of the Curonian Spit, how it is connected with the Vikings and why it was first mentioned under the name of Nestland. You will visit the most amazing and picturesque places in the national park. You will touch the mystery of the Dancing Forest, you will walk along an ecological trail, see centuries-old trees and enjoy the fresh air, visit the observation deck on the Efa dune, from where you can see all the variety of landscapes of the spit - the sea, the bay, pine forests, sandy desert. You will enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Curonian Spit and vivid memories of this day will remain with you for a long time.
After that your guide will accompany you to the hotel where you can relax.
Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
First you go for an excursion to the "Amber Coast" where you can visit the village of Yantarny, where the world's largest amber field is located. From the observation deck, you will see a panorama of a quarry where amber is mined by an open industrial method. You can also recharge with natural energy and health in the Amber Pyramid, the construction of which took about 800 kg of amber. The historic center of Yantarnoye is located next to the 1892 Lutheran Church. You will stroll down to the sea past the palace-style Schloss Hotel, through the Becker Park with century-old trees. This beach is the only one in Russia in 2016, received a blue flag - a sign of an environmentally friendly beach, equipped according to international standards.
Afternoon you will get acquainted with the sights of Svetlogorsk. You will be enchanted by the ancient architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: private villas built at the beginning of the 20th century, boarding houses, hotels, water tower, Kurhaus and the symbols of Svetlogorsk - the wonderful works of the German sculptor G. Brachert - "Carrying water" and "Nymph". Then you will have a great opportunity to walk along a new and modern embankment, to eat in a cozy cafe, to take a photo of seagulls which you can feed from your hands, to make a wish at the Sundial and buy souvenirs for your family and friends.
At the end of the journey your guide will accompany you to the airport.
What is included
• accommodation in hotel 2 nights with breakfast
• Amber Museum, the Konigsberg Cathedral, Curonian Spit, "Amber Coast", sights of Svetlogorsk
• comfortable air-conditioner car/minivan/minibus
• licensed English speaking guide
The cruise lines say that no one is allowed off the ship in St. Petersburg cruise port that does not purchase a ship sponsored excursion or have arranged a Russian visa on their own. Is that correct?
That is false! The third option is to purchase an excursion with a government licensed St. Petersburg shore excursion operator who has permission to give visa-free excursions. Your "visa" is the excursion guide! With this excursion, you are ready to explore St. Petersburg with your guide for the duration of the excursion, everything is taken care of.
Can I go wander and explore on my own during this private St. Petersburg sightsee excursion?
Unfortunately no, as part of the visa-free St Petersburg cruise excursion, guests must stay with their excursion guide.
What documents will I need to get off the ship in St. Petersburg Russia?
Guests must present their valid passport and official EXCURSION Ticket from the operator and will have no problems clearing customs and immigration for their excursion.
Do I need to take my passport with me on the St. Petersburg Private Peterhof Palace with Hydrofoil Boat Excursion for Small Groups to show along with my Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket?
YES, it is necessary to take along your passport. You will need to print and show your Electronic Ticket as well as any other documents required or sent to you for this excursion. Everything needed will be listed on your E-ticket.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
Total review count and overall rating based on EasyTravel and TripAdvisor reviews
My favorite shore excursion ever see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
csporich, Nov 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site