On time back to the ship
Klaipeda and its picturesque surroundings, including visits to Neringa and Palanga
Shore excursion of the category „Landscape & Nature“
Welcome to Klaipeda: third largest city in Lithuania and the most important port in the country. Discover the eclectic history of this extraordinary city and take a trip to the Curonian Spit off the coast.
Overview of the highlights
- Walk through the Old Town of Klaipeda
- A drive to the National Park on the Neringa Peninsula
- Panoramic trip to Palanga
- Visit to the Tyszkiewicz Palace, the Amber Museum and the Botanical Park
Your tour guide awaits you at the agreed meeting point and off you go on your shore excursion in Klaipeda.
Discover an enchanting landscape between the mainland and the sea: Klaipeda is the third largest city in Lithuania and the most important port in the country. Founded in 1252 by Teutonic knights and German conquerors, the city has been under the rule of various powers since its creation. In its history, Klaipeda was known for the longest time under the German-Prussian name Memel. The city has become the main trade center for the entire Baltic region, especially because of its harbor, which remains ice-free almost all year round.
On today’s panoramic tour you will get to know the most interesting and historical sites of Klaipeda, which have survived to this day. These include the ruins of the Klaipeda castle from the 15th to the 19th century. For the first time, the castle was built in the 13th century by Teutonic Knights. Today you can enjoy a beautiful view of Klaipeda from there.
The walk takes us through the small network of charming streets of the Old Town that was built between the 13th and 15th centuries. You will also be able to admire some old department stores in the typical half-timbered style. From Theater Square – the main attraction of the Old Town, we will walk along the Craft Yard, which dates back to the 18th century, to Klaipeda University and the Central Post Office building.
Now the ferry will take you to the second destination of your excursion: the Neringa peninsula, also known as the “Curonian Spit”. This approximately 62mi long headland separates the mainland from the Baltic Sea. The northern half (approximately) belongs to Lithuania, the southern half to the Russian exclave Kaliningrad. There is a national park here, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its breathtaking scenic beauty. You will also be able to discover the largest dune in Europe on the Spit.
We continue the excursion with a panoramic drive to Palanga, an elegant Baltic seaside resort that flourished in the 12th century. It regained its fame in the 19th century when wealthy Prussians built their summer residences here. We will visit the Tyszkiewicz Palace, the Amber Museum and the Botanical Park.
Afterwards, you and your guide will travel back to your cruise ship.
Between the morning and afternoon program, you will have enough time for a short lunch or snack on this shore excursion in Klaipeda.
Start time in the morning, around 10:00 in the morning (you will be told the exact time)
Easy (panoramic tour with walks)
|What to bring|
Light clothing and comfortable, solid shoes. Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen, atbrellas and sufficient water.
|Services not included|
|Min. number of participants|
This tour requires a minimum of 10 passengers to run.