Sightseeing tours

KLAIPĖDA

Klaipėda is a Lithuania’s gateway to the world. The third largest city of Lithuania is situated in the Western part of the country.

In 2012, Klaipėda is celebrating its 760th anniversary. It is the oldest city of Lithuania, first mentioned in the Chronicles of Memelburg in 1252.

Currently, Klaipėda is a contemporary and rapidly expanding seaport. Tourists are always welcome to Klaipėda: they can find a lot of interesting places, museums, and art galleries. Smiltyne is a part of Klaipėda which is on the other side of the Curonian Lagoon. The Sea Museum and Dolphinarium, unique in the Baltic states, are located there.

Although the historical central part of Klaipėda is small, it is individual and charming. Small half-timbered houses, streets paved with stones, and Theatre Square with a fountain and a sculpture of the heroine of Simon Dach’s poem Anike from Tarava will make an unforgettable impression on you. Those interested in the history of the city are welcome to the Lithuania Minor History Museum and to the Castle Museum.

Klaipėda is also famous for its international festivals and events. Each year, the international Klaipėda Castle Jazz Festival takes place at the beginning of June, and the Sea Festival and the birthday of Klaipėda are celebrated at the end of July.

A guided tour of Klaipeda (free of charge) will take about 3-4 hours:

1. Theatre Square: the main square of Klaipėda
2. The Old Town
3. Small sculptures of Klaipėda
4. Liepu Street: an old post office and the Watches and Clocks’ Museum (the only museum of that type in Eastern Europe)
5. Sculpture Park

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ŠILUTĖ DISTRICT

(Program in Šilutė District will take take 5 – 6 hours. The visit in the Fridrichas Bajoraitis Public Library of Šilutė District Municipality – free of charge,
a guided tour of Šilutė, Minija and Ventės Ragas –  50 Eur).

 

Magic CURONIAN SPIT

It is a narrow strip of sand stretching 97 km along the Baltic. According to the legend, the spit was formed a long time ago by Neringa, a girl giant who poured the sandy peninsula into the Baltic Sea to protect the peaceful bay from the stormy sea and create an embankment for fishermen to live. Today the eastern shores of the Curonian Spit are washed by the Curonian Lagoon, while the Baltic Sea washes the western ones. One part of the 50 km long Curonian Spit belongs to the Republic of Lithuania, the other to the Russian Federation.
With its still drifting sand dunes, the sea side forests cherishing the hundred-years-old pine trees, dunes covered by a mountain pines’ carpet planted by hand, white sand beaches and the old fishermen villages, the Curonian spit is truly unique!
Curonian Spit is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful landscapes of Europe (more: http://www.visitneringa.com/en).

A guided tour of Curonian Spit will take about 5 – 6 hours ( 50 Eur):

1. The Withes hill, decorated with the wooden carvings, according Lithuanian fairy tales and mythology
2. Place of cormorants
3. Dead dunes – Lithuanian Sahara. Climbing on the dunes
4. Nida: visiting Parnidis dune with the Sundial, possibility to see the border between Lithuania and Russia. an old ethnographical Nida – fish men village. Gallery of weathervanes. Amber gallery. Etnographical cemetry with wooden grave yard markers. Museum of Thomas Man.
5. a short stop at the beach of the Baltic Sea.

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PALANGA

Palanga is a seaside resort town on the shore of the Baltic Sea. It is the busiest summer resort in Lithuania and has beaches of sand (18 km long and 300 m wide) and beautiful sand dunes. As a recreation place, it has already operated for a century and a half. The area is rich in natural recreational resources: the water area, beaches, original natural non-urbanized tract of the seacoast, recreational forests, resources of mineral water and healing mud (more: http://www.palangatic.lt/en.php).

Palanga is 30 km. from Klaipeda. A guided tour of Palanga will take 4-5 hours (30 Eur):

1. Botanical Park of Palanga
2. Amber Museum: the richest exposition of inclusions in the Baltic countries
3. Birute Hill
4. Visiting the beach of the Baltic Sea
5. free time in the main street of Palanga (J. Basanavicius street). There are lots of coffee places, restaurant and markets.

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