Things to do in Klaipeda

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From Klaipeda: Curonian Spit Full-Day Private Tour

1. From Klaipeda: Curonian Spit Full-Day Private Tour

Catch the ferry from Smiltyne in Klaipeda and cruise to the sand dunes of the Curonian Spit. Stop en route at the seaside village of Juodkrantė, known for its handsome villas, and explore one of the oldest settlements of the national park (Kuršių Nerija National Park) to soak up its tranquil vibe. Continue to one of the most beautiful sand dunes to marvel at about 80 oak sculptures that form a huge ensemble of witches, demons, dragons and other fairytale characters. Stand in the footsteps of Thomas Mann at the village where he spent his summers and admire the architecture and ancient fishing boats of Nida before going to the natural sundial of the Parnidis sand dune Get stunning views from the observation deck and learn more at the Thomas Mann Memorial Museum. Visit the Amber Museum-Gallery in an old fisherman's house to see all 434 of the original-size wooden amulets dating back to the Stone Ages.

Handcrafted Canoe Tour of Klaipeda

2. Handcrafted Canoe Tour of Klaipeda

You will be collected from the meeting point in the Old Town of Klaipeda. A quick transfer to the upper reaches of Dane River and you will be ready to paddle. You will begin with a briefing, introduction to canoe paddling and you'll practice some basic canoe strokes. Led by a guide you will paddle towards the Old Town of Klaipeda, exploring the old embankments, mid-century Memel fortifications and finally the Old Town with its Prussian architecture. This is a short, guided tour, so you'll be informed about a lot of interesting facts about the history of this almost 800-year-old town, and of course, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of you paddling this stylish cedar strip canoe.

Guided Canoe Tour of the Curonian Spit Lithuania

3. Guided Canoe Tour of the Curonian Spit Lithuania

A unique combination of wind, water and sand has been shaping this narrow strip of land since the beginning of time. Today it is known as the Curonian Spit and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. There is plenty to see here: the migrating dunes, the wildlife, the old fishermen villages and,  last but not the least, the Pervalka Lighthouse. The combination of the spectacular nature, cultural and historical heritage and a truly unforgettable cedar canoe paddling experience makes this tour one of a kind. You will begin with a picturesque ferry transfer to the Curonian Spit. You will travel from Klaipeda to the village of Pervalka, passing Juodkrante with its peaceful embankments. After a short briefing, you will proceed to Pervalka Lighthouse. You will paddle along the shore, enjoying picturesque views of the dunes, the Curonian Lagoon and of course, the main landmark of this trip, the Pervalka Lighthouse. After a short photo opportunity at the lighthouse (no need to risk your own equipment, your guide will take pictures with his camera and a drone) you will paddle towards the dunes. Here you will sit back, have a glass of wine, a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the view. On your way back you will make two stops, first, at the famous heron and cormorant colony, one of the largest colonies of these birds in Europe, second, in Juodkrante village (formerly known as Schwarzort).

From Vilnius: Day Trip to Curonian Spit National Park

4. From Vilnius: Day Trip to Curonian Spit National Park

Start with an early morning pick-up from your centrally located Vilnius hotel and drive to the Lithuanian seaside for 4-hours. There, you will experience the haunting atmosphere in the cormorants colony, have a look at the characters of the famous Lithuanian sagas and fairy tales on the mysterious Hill of Witches and walk on beautiful moving sand dunes, probably the largest in Europe. You will also have time to explore the cultural center of Curonian Spit - Nida village. See sand dunes with rare flora, littoral forest with centuries old trees and hand planted hill pines, white sand beaches, as well as urban infrastructure, streets, embankments, the Old Town with the architecture typical of this region and the scent of freshly smoked fish will make an indelible impression on you. In the evening, drive back to Vilnius.

Žemaitija National Park: Full-Day Canoe Tour with Picnic

5. Žemaitija National Park: Full-Day Canoe Tour with Picnic

Discover the beauty of the largest and deepest Zemaitija lake, famous for its natural, cultural and scenic value. You will be guided through these crystal clear waters, so that you can truly enjoy something what is called the "Wet Wet Experience" - a combination of leisure paddling and a gourmet picnic. You will be taken on a well-known path of the Plateliai archipelago but in a unique, entertaining and memorable way.  Begin your adventure at a quiet and safe lagoon, where paddlers will master their basic canoeing skills with the help of an instructor. You will learn basic strokes, how to handle a canoe and of course safety rules. After, you will paddle to the center of the lake through the picturesque archipelago, where the guide can take some photos of you paddling and of course a couple of them will taken from air with the help of a drone. You'll then navigate to the Castle Island. A castle that used to belong to Lithuanian Dukes stood there in 15th century. After exploring this site, you'll head to another deserted island to have this all favorite picnic basket lunch. Simply sit back, have a glass of wine, coffee or tea and enjoy the view. Once you're finished, head back enjoying the peaceful and mind-blowing sunset.

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What people are saying about Klaipeda

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 34 reviews

What an amazing experience this was! We were in Klaipeda for one day and opted for the morning canoe ride so we’d have time to venture around too. Janis went above and beyond to ensure we were prepared and also taught us some history about this beautiful city along the way. It was the perfect amount of time and his instruction was excellent all throughout. He picked us up right at the cruise port and we walked back from Old Town when the excursion was over. Highly recommend if you’re looking for an activity to see the natural beauty while getting some exercise. Janis handcrafts his own canoes which made this truly memorable, don’t hesitate to book this.

Excellent ! Janis is very kind and the tour was amazing. What a beautiful day ! Peaceful area, enough time to enjoy the national park and the coffee break in front of this incredible view deserve 5/5 stars ! Don’t hesitate & book your tour right now ;) Excellent ! Janis est vraiment attentionné et le tour était incroyable ! Quelle belle journée ! Endroit plus que reposant, relaxant .. longue balade qui permet d’apprécier pleinement ce superbe parc national ! La pause café devant un paysage magnifique avec table et chaises nous a laissé sans voix ! N’hésitez plus et foncez !

Eight of us ranging in age from 18-70 spent 15 days in the Baltic and this was our absolute top experience. We loved the guide, the canoes and the experience overall. We had a variety of skill levels and our guide (who is also the canoe craftsman) made the trip so much fun and truly very easy. This is a must do experience. Thank you so very much! The canoes are a work of art.

Outstanding, informative, impressive

Our guide Uwe picked us up right from our apartment by car on time. We drove across the Curonian Spit by car and got a lot of geographical, historical and personal impressions of the island. In between we also made a few stops and were able to spend time alone in the dunes. A perfect day that we can only recommend, as Uwe responded very well to us :)

Nice quiet tour in nature with information about the city.

Janis was very friendly. Explained everything exactly about the canoe trip. Gave information about the city and area. Took photos during the tour and made them available. Gladly again. Thank you Janis.