7-day Kaliningrad Tour7 Days | Moscow, Kaliningrad

7-day Kaliningrad Tour

The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, formerly Königsberg, offers a unique mix of German, Soviet, and Russian history. In addition to discovering the architecture and monuments of the city, you’ll explore the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts the largest sand spit in the world and interesting flora and fauna, visit an amber factory to learn how the famous “Baltic gold” is processed, and admire the fairy tale buildings on a stroll around the picturesque seaside resort of Svetlogorsk. Starting and ending in Moscow, this 7-day Kaliningrad tour also includes a tour of the national capital.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Moscow – Arrival
 
Arrive in Moscow, meet your driver, and transfer to the hotel (check in is possible from 14:00). Free time to begin your 7-day Kaliningrad tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Moscow
 
After breakfast, take a guided tour of Russia’s capital city, Moscow. Like Rome, this is a city on seven hills. Your tour of the metropolis starts at Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) in the south-west of the city. Elevated 78m above the river, these hills are Moscow’s main panoramic viewpoint and offer excellent views of most of the city’s attractions: the Kremlin, Stalin’s famous “Seven Sisters” skyscrapers (such as the main building of Moscow State University), the modern Moscow City skyscrapers, the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences, Russia’s “White House”, Shukhov Tower, Luzhniki Stadium, and the Ostankino TV Tower. After visiting Vorobyovy Gory, descend to the Memorial Complex on Poklonnaya Gora (Victory Park) to see the Church of St. George the Victorious, the Triumphal Arch, and Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Then, visit the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, one of the tallest Orthodox churches in the world. The original cathedral was destroyed in the 1930s by order of Stalin and rebuilt only in the 1990s. The cathedral has a 69m-high dome, on the inside of which are beautiful images from the New Testament. Continue the tour at the famed Red Square, walking past St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the famous GUM, the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexander Garden. The day ends at the impressive Kremlin and its cathedrals (closed on Thursdays and replaced with an alternative sight). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 8-9 hours
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Visit to the Armoury in the Kremlin (except Thursdays);
Night city tour, ‘Evening lights of Moscow’;
Tickets to the Bolshoi Theatre, concerts, the circus, or other performances.
Day 3: Moscow – Kaliningrad
 
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Kaliningrad (1,091 km, 1h50m). Kaliningrad is a strategically important Russian exclave located between Poland and Lithuania, famous for its Prussian/German and maritime history, as well as its amber. Established in the 13th century, the region was part of Prussia and then Germany under the name “Königsberg”. After becoming part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, it was renamed “Kaliningrad”. Upon arrival at Kaliningrad airport, meet your driver and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, tour the highlights of Kaliningrad city with your guide. Admire the city’s unique character, where modern, German, and Soviet architecture are intricately intertwined, and see the old city gates, bridges, ancient churches, defensive structures, the “Fishing Village” complex, and various interesting public buildings. Take a walk around Kant (formerly Kneiphof) Island, where you’ll find the Cathedral and the tomb of Immanuel Kant, the famous German philosopher who was born in and spent most of his life in Königsberg. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4 hours
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Visit to the World Ocean Museum.
Day 4: Kaliningrad – Curonian Spit – Kaliningrad
 
After breakfast, drive to the Curonian Spit (83 km). This is the largest sand spit in the world and boasts the world’s second highest sand dunes. These moving dunes, originally formed by sands and wind several thousand years ago, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Curonian Spit, which separates the huge Curonian Gulf from the Baltic Sea, offers magnificent landscapes and rich history. It is 98 km long, of which 46 km belong to Russia and 52 km to Lithuania, and between 400m and 3.8 km wide. Rare plants such as the lunaria rediviva grow here and badgers, moose, and roe deer can be found in the local forests. The Curonian Spit is also sometimes called the “Bird Bridge”. Due to its geographical location and orientation from northeast to southwest, it serves as a corridor for 150 species of migratory birds that fly between the northwest regions of Russia, Finland, and the Baltic countries, and Central Europe, Southern Europe, and northern Africa. Annually, in spring and autumn, 10-20 million birds fly over the spit. Your excursion includes a walk through the “Dancing Forest”, a pine forest famous for its twisted trees; a walk along the wooden walkways to the observation deck on top of the Efa sand dune, which offers stunning views of the surrounding dunes; a visit to an ornithological station (May-September) or the Forest Museum (November-March); and a packed lunch. After exploring the Coronian Spit, return to Kaliningrad. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
Visit to the famous Amber Museum;
Concert in the Cathedral on Kant Island.
Day 5: Kaliningrad – Shaaken Castle – Svetlogorsk – Kaliningrad
 
After breakfast drive to the picturesque seaside resort of Svetlogorsk (52 km). On the way, visit Schaaken Castle, an order castle located in the village of Nekrasovo. This castle, founded on the site of a Prussian fortress around 1270, is one of the few surviving monuments of ancient times. In the basement, visit the Museum of the Inquisition, which presents stylized instruments of torture used in the 14th century. In the Armoury Room, see various swords, axes, other weapons, and shields. After visiting the Museum of the History of the Castle, continue to Svetlogorsk (formerly Rauschen). Take a walking tour of the town to learn about its history and admire the architecture. Almost all the houses seem to be from a fairy tale, with red tiled roofs, turrets, and weathervanes. See Hermann Brachert’s famous sculptures – “Carrying Water” and “Nymph”, a monument to Thomas Mann, the Makarov Company Organ Hall, and Svetlogorsk’s famous Water Tower. Then visit an amber manufacturing facility to learn about the full cycle of processing the famous “Baltic gold”. Kaliningrad is the centre of global amber trade and the region is said to hold about 90% of the world’s amber reserves. Return to Kaliningrad. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 7 hours
Day 6: Kaliningrad – Moscow
 
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel. Free time until your transfer to Kaliningrad Airport. Fly from Kaliningrad to Moscow, meet your driver, and transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
During your free time, we offer the following optional activities (at additional cost):
River cruise on the motor ship ‘Flotilla Radisson Royal’ (from May to October);
Ride on the funicular.
Day 7: Moscow – Departure
 
Breakfast and hotel check-out (by 12:00). Free time until your transfer to Moscow International Airport. Departure. End of the 7-day Kaliningrad tour.
  • All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan type car, 3-7 pax by minivan, 8-13 pax by 30 seat bus, 14+ pax by 40-50 seat bus)
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included
  • Sightseeing tour programme in each city with local, English-speaking guides
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary
  • Lunch on Day 4
  • Economy class tickets for flights Moscow – Kaliningrad – Moscow
  • Visa support for Russian tourist visa
  • In groups of 11 or more travellers, 1 person travels free of charge and is accommodated in a single room.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole tour
  • Full board (lunches and dinners)
  • Hotel charges for additional services
  • Consular fees for Russia tourist visa
  • Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers (although these would be appreciated)
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Moscow - 3 nights
Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow, Sverchkov 8 Hotel, Starosadskiy Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Hotel Moscow - BaumanskayaGodunov Hotel, Arbat House Hotel, Pushkin Hotel, Brick Design Hotel
Kaliningrad - 3 nights
Ibis, Kaliningrad, Zolotaya BuhtaHoliday Inn, Mercure, Kaiserhof Spa Hotel

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