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About Klaipeda

Alongside the Baltic Sea, on the beautiful west coast of Lithuania lies Klaipeda. This cruise destination is brimming with bays and beaches, an interesting array of sand dunes, shops and shipyards offering something to suit every taste. The lovingly restored old town bring cruises to Klaipeda a unique atmosphere and allure. Antique lampposts appear on every corner and half-timbered buildings stand much as they did 100-200 years ago, among stone-paved sidewalks and cosily hidden courtyards. At its heart is Teatro Square named after the ornate Neoclassical theatre building on its northern side.

Embark on one of our Klaipeda cruises and treat yourself to a truly exclusive experience.

 

Shore excursions in Klaipeda

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Charms of Franciscan Kretinga

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the charming town of Kretinga, before visiting the museum within Count Tiskevicius’ 19th century estate.

Embark on a drive north from Klaipeda to the town of Kretinga. Here, you’ll visit the Church of the Annunciation dating from the 17th century. In the grounds surrounding the church lie the Stations of the Cross and inside you may wish to visit the underground crypt. The adjoining Franciscan Monastery combines renaissance and baroque elements. The Franciscan friars, who lived in the monastery, made a great contribution to education in Lithuania. They opened the first school and later published books and newspapers. The Monastery was closed by the Tsarist government, and again in Soviet times, but in 1992, after independence, the Franciscans returned. It is likely that one of the Brothers will be your guide.

Continuing by coach through the centre of Kretinga, you’ll reach Count Tiskevicius’ 19th century estate. One part of the estate houses a museum displaying spiritual and cultural treasures of Kretinga. The museum holds a collection of Lithuanian wooden art and countless pieces of equipment used in authentic Lithuanian living. All of this will allow you to discover the traditions and daily life of local people.

You’ll also visit a beautiful winter garden with a wide variety of exotic plants from all over the world. In the elegant café, situated among the tropical plants and next to a waterfall, you’ll enjoy tea or coffee and a cake.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot and involves up to 1½ hours’ walking over uneven surfaces. There are 16 steps down to reach the underground crypt at the Church, although this visit is optional. During religious services the Church can be congested and the crypt will remain closed. The tour includes a visit to an historic estate which holds a traditional collection of daily locals’ life; Count Tiskevicius’s mansion will not be visited.

Cycle to the End of the Dunes

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Get ‘on your bike’ and explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Curonian Spit.



Board your bike at the pier and head to the pedestrian ferry, for the short journey across the lagoon to the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as Neringa. Legend has it that the giantess ‘Neringa’ gathered an apron full of sand and poured a ribbon of it across the sea to divide it from the lagoon to provide safety to fishermen, creating the Curonian Spit. This narrow strip of land is home to the tallest migrating dunes in Europe.

At the Curonian Spit, hop back on your bike and follow your instructor as they lead you along the lagoon to Hagen hill. Pause to take in the wonderful panoramic views.

Continue cycling towards the beautiful long, white sandy beach, where a stop will be made to allow you to catch your breath and purchase refreshments at a nearby café.

Your route then takes you through the pine forest, passing the 19th century Prussian military fort, before riding to the very narrow Klaipeda Sea Gate.

Pass traditional flat bottom fishing vessels and a typical 19th century fishermen's farmstead, before taking the ferry back to Klaipeda and biking to the heart of the Old Town. Enjoy some free time at Theatre Square before cycling back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bike, ferry and on foot. Children are not permitted to participate on this tour. Passengers will cycle approximately 17 kilometres during the tour, over varying terrain, including some inclines. Participants must be in good physical condition and some cycling experience is required. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Please wear comfortable footwear and clothing suitable for bike riding. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Kayaking on the Minija River

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy lovely scenery as you paddle the waters of the River Minija.

A scenic drive takes you through the countryside and towards the lush green valley of the River Minija. During the drive your guide will enlighten you with tales of the history of the area.

Upon arrival at the launch site you’ll be introduced to your instructor and assigned your 2-man kayak. Then, following a short safety briefing and instructions it will be time to take to the water! Follow your instructor as you ‘paddle the way’ along the River Minija, treating you to the wonderful scenic landscape of the region.

After your kayak adventure, a well-deserved traditional Lithuanaian snack will be served on the bank of the river.

A wonderful experience for those that love the outdoors and have a sense of adventure!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and kayak. There is approximately 2 hours of kayaking on this tour. River kayaks are stable and are sit-inside kayaks with 2 seats. Children under the age of 8 and pregnant women may not participate. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. Ensure to bring a towel and change of clothes as you may get wet. Please wear your swimwear as there are no changing facilities available. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. Waterproof bags will be provided to store your belongings, however please keep these to a minimum

Klaipeda and Amber Factory

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the importance of Baltic Amber, during visits to an Amber Factory and the Amber Antique Gallery.

Relax as a panoramic drive takes you through the centre of Klaipeda, passing the Clock and Watches Museum, the Neo-Gothic Post Office, Park of Sculptures and the University. A stop will be made at the Soviet WWII memorial, before your journey continues through typical residential areas, built during Soviet times and dating as far back as the Khrushchev era. Step back in time as your knowledgeable guide brings to life the history of the Soviet era.

Here, amongst the soviet buildings you’ll find the home of the biggest amber processing factory. During a guided tour of the Amber Factory, you’ll see the craftsmen at work, lovingly turning rough pieces of natural amber into elegant pieces of jewellery through cutting, polishing and even baking.

Afterwards, head to Klaipeda Old Town, where you’ll visit the Amber Antique Gallery. Upon arrival you’ll have the opportunity to taste amber tea, whilst listening to tales of the amber trading route stretching as far Rome.

Complete your tour with a guided stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of the Old Town, pausing at Theatre Square to view the sculpture of Annchen von Tharau.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour, some of which is over cobblestones. There are around 10 steps to negotiate to enter the Amber Antique Gallery.

Klaipeda and Palanga

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Combine the sights of the old city of Klaipeda with the marvels of the Amber Museum in Palanga.

Sit back, relax and admire the scenery, as you drive through central Klaipeda to Palanga, to visit a charming Open Park. The Park’s 19th century neo-renaissance style mansion houses the Amber Museum, which reveals the marvels of the ‘Baltic gold’. Learn of the amber’s origins and how jewellery is made, stroll in the gardens whilst enjoying the peaceful views.

Anyone visiting Palanga is drawn to the Basanavicius, a stretch of road boasting cafes, restaurants and souvenior shops. Enjoy some free time to amble along the pier or sit in one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants which line either side of the street.

Upon your return to the Old Town of Klaipeda you’ll stop off in Theatre Square to admire the square’s famous symbol, a sculpture of Annchen von Tharau. Your guide will then host you on a stroll along the narrow streets of the old town where craftsmen, shoemakers, blacksmiths and bakers used to live. During your walk a stop will be made in one of the local restaurants for you to sample a glass of Lithuanian beer and traditional garlic bread.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 2½ hours’ walking including up to 30 steps at the Museum. Most of the surface is even, but there are cobblestones in Klaipeda old town.

 

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