In the year 2000 the Curonian spit was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in Europe. It is a natural wonder with fishermen's settlements and resorts, golden dunes, ethnographic architecture monuments and the summerhouse of Thomas Mann.
Nida is a largest Curonian Spit town. The town is an upmarket holiday resort with a family focus. Since 2001, a jazz festival has been held every year. There are also interesting places to see nearby, including some of the highest sand dunes in Europe, a large sundial (which has been restored after being damaged by a Baltic gale), fisherman's ethnographic museum, gallery-museum of amber and a German Protestant (Evangelische) Brick Gothic church. The town is known for Nidden Kurenwimpel — German for "Curonian pennants" — ornate carved flags peculiar to local families resident on the Curonian Spit. The flags, replicas of which can be seen around Nida, feature animal and human figures as pictograms reminiscent of a pagan writing tradition.
The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Its southern portion lies within Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia and its northern within southwestern Lithuania. The spit is famous for its large sand dunes and "dancing trees", twisted by the wind force.
Juodkrantė (Black Shore) is a quiet seaside resort village on the Curonian Spit. It is the second largest settlement on Lithuania's part of the spit. A large collection of wooden sculptures by various artists is displayed on the Hill of Witches. It's a sculpture park that has more than 70 wooden objects. Most of the figures are based on Lithuanian legends or folk tales. Another sculpture park houses 31 stone and metal sculptures created during an international symposium "Land and Water." The sculptures are located on the recently built quay, 2.4 km in length, along the lagoon shore. You shouldn't also miss a Museum of weathercocks, maintained by Daiva and Remigijus Žadeikiai.
Klaipėda's Old Town is different from the rest of Lithuania since it has a lot of German and Scandinavian architecture. It is unique with its fachwerk architectural style and the planned street structure, can't be found in any other old town in Lithuania. Its streets are geometrically configured very correctly, and the angle of intersection is always straight. One of most popular places in Klaipėda‘s old town is The Theatre Square. It hosts a variety of concerts, the Sea Festival, the International Jazz Festival and other events. In the square you shouldn't miss the Tarawa Anike sculpture depicting a youthful barefoot girl.
|Meeting time: 30 minutes after the ship docks OR at the time specified by your manager.|
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Meet your professional English-speaking guide and driver outside the main port gate, check in for the tour.
Important: Please note that waiting time for late passengers is maximum 15 minutes.
The tour starts with a short crossing of the Curonian Lagoon by ferry. Soon you reach the Curonian Spit, a sandy stretch of land, 98 km long and varying in width from 400 m to just a few kilometres, between the waters of the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. It is a great holiday site, full of the sweet scent of pines, water and ozone. Formed some 6000 years ago as sand accumulated in shallow waters near the coast, it is an extremely romantic area today with its fishing villages developed as resorts.
You will visit Juodkrante, famous for the Hill of Witches where one can see wooden statues of legendary heroes in a dense pinewood and Nida, the resort of serene beauty. It is noted for its magnificent 50 - 60 metres high dunes, the Lithuanian Sahara, attracting visitors since the middle of the 19th century. The German writer Thomas Mann had a summer house built here, which now houses a museum and has remained a meeting place for writers and intellectuals ever since.
After lunch in Nida (optional, not included) the bus will take you back to Klaipeda port.
You are welcome to explore the Old Town of Klaipeda on your own as it's just a few minutes walk away from the port.
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