7 Days Self Guided Walking Holiday in Curonian Spit

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Experience calm wilderness and reconnect with nature in one of the most fascinating corners of Lithuania – Curonian Spit. Explore local fishermen villages and get to know it’s long history that dates back to the Late Stone age. A picturesque walk all along the Curonian spit - a magic narrow piece of land between the Baltic sea and the Curonian lagoon. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sights – during your walk you will pass through the white sand beaches as well as thick pine forests. You will stay in the old fishermen villages that turned into tiny resort towns. The Curonian spit is easily walkable, there is plenty of forest, sand and fresh air and no high altitudes. The route is easily adaptable and modified – can be done from both ends, can be interrupted or extended. We picked some most picturesque routes and views for you to enjoy not missing out any highlights on the way. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • UNESCO world heritage site
  • Hike in one of the most beautiful national parks in Lithuania
  • Visit three blue flag beaches in one holiday
  • Sandy beaches
  • Sea museum
  • Hill of Witches
  • Weather-vane gallery
  • Amber gallery
  • Thomas Mann summer house- museum
  • Cormorant colony
  • Grey dunes – Nagliai nature reserve
  • Sauna on the Baltic sea coast

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights at centrally located 3* hotels in Klaipeda with breakfast

  • 4 nights at the guesthouses / apartments in Curonian spit without breakfast

  • Luggage transfers between the accommodations

  • Ecological fee in the Curonian Spit

  • Walking route maps and descriptions

Day 1 – Arrival / Klaipeda
Day 2 – Klaipeda-Smiltyne-Klaipeda (walk in Smiltyne, visit the sea museum)
Day 3 – Juodkrante (night in Juodkrante)
Day 4 – Pervalka – Preila (night in Preila)
Day 5 – Preila – Nida (night in Nida) – Vecekrugas dune, airport
Day 6 – Nida relax and exploration (Parnidis dune, Nida town, optional Sauna on the beach).
Day 7 – Departure / Transfer from Nida to Klaipeda / Vilnius

 

Day 1. ARRIVAL / KLAIPEDA
Depending on your arrival time this day is for Klaipeda sightseeing. Explore the only Lithuanian seaport, walk in the small cosy old town and enjoy the views of passing ships at the seaport. Accommodation: centrally located 3* hotel in Klaipeda.

Optionals:
- Private walking tour in Klaipeda

Day 2. KLAIPEDA – SMILTYNE – KLAIPEDA
This day you will walk a circular route along the northernmost part of Curonian spit. On the way you will pass Ethnographic fisherman’s farmstead and old ships’ ground as well as Sea museum and aquarium. You will walk on both sides of the Curonian spit – the lagoon coast and the Baltic sea coast.

Additional options:
- visit the Sea museum and Dolphinarium
- visit Ethnographic fisherman’s farmstead and old ships’ ground

Hiking for the day: 3 hours (8 km, elevation gain – 18 m)
Accommodation: centrally located 3* hotel in Klaipeda

Day 3. JUODKRANTE
In the morning a taxi will pick you up from Klaipeda and drive you to Juodkrante where you will spend another day hiking. After dropping your luggage at the guesthouse, driver will drop you at the Amber bay where you will start your walk for the day. You will go into an old forest, walk the trail where you will get acquainted with typical flora of the Curonian spit. You will also walk through the trail on the Hill of Witches which will guide you through the most well-known legends and stories in Lithuanian folk history. We made sure to include another highlight of the Curonian spit – a cormorant colony which is largest in Europe. In the evening relax at Juodkrante beach which is one of 3 blue flag beaches on the Curonian Spit.

Additional options:
- Visit Weathervane gallery (free entrance, Zveju st. 13, Juodkrante).

Hiking for the day: 6 hours (13,5 km, elevation gain – 52 m)
Accommodation: family run guesthouse/apartment/bed&breakfast in Juodkrante or Pervalka (subject to availability)

Day 4. PERVALKA – PREILA
Taxi will pick you in the morning from Juodkrante and you will be dropped at the Grey dunes – another picturesque trail in the Nagliai nature reserve (get a ticket from the ranger - 2€) There you will start the day’s walk and will be going further south along the coast of Curonian lagoon to Preila. Before entering Pervalka village you can have a picnic in front of the smallest beacon in Lithuania.

Hiking for the day: 6 hours (15 km, elevation gain – 47 m)
Accommodation: family run guesthouse or apartment in Preila

Day 5. PREILA – NIDA
This day you will walk from Preila to Nida, visiting Vecekrugas – the highest dune in the Curonian spit for 360 degrees views. There are more hills to climb on the way – if you feel so. Do not miss out the Nida civil airfield where you can use the chance to walk on a real runway.

Hiking for the day: 6 hours (13,5 km, elevation gain – 55 m)
Accommodation: 3* hotel or a guesthouse in Nida

Day 6. NIDA
A relaxed day in Nida with some short walk around the town and its main points. Visit Parnidis dune to get a breathtaking views to a Death Valley, reach the lighthouse of Nida which is showing the way for the ships on both sides of the Spit. Go to the Baltic seaside for a swim or sunbathing session and come back through the forest to the lagoon side.

Additional options:
- Visit Thomas Mann summerhouse-museum (entrance 2,5€, Mon-Sun, Skruzdynes st. 17, Nida)
- Amber museum-gallery (entrance 1,25€, Mon-Sun, Pamario st. 20, Nida)
- Book a sauna on the Baltic sea coast (120€ / 2hours, subject to availability)

Hiking for the day: 6 hours (8,5 km, elevation gain – 45 m)
Accommodation: 3* hotel or a guesthouse in Nida

Day 7. DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to Klaipeda / Vilnius.

  • Plane tickets to and from Lithuania
  • Arrival / Departure transfers
  • Other transportation except mentioned in the description
  • Food or drinks
  • Entrances to museums
  • Guided tours and tourguide

Prices:

Min 2 persons, price calculated for 2 persons sharing double/twin room.
2-8 persons - 490 EUR per person.
Single supplement - 400 EUR per person.
 
Optional extras (may be selected in a few steps):
 
Sauna on the Baltic sea coast, 2 hours- 120€ per group
Daytour by boat to the Vente horn and Pamarys fisherman village including lunch – 45€ per person (June-September only)
Transfer from Vilnius to Klaipeda by private car 1-3 persons - 250€ per car
Transfer from Vilnius to Klaipeda by private minivan 1-8 persons - 270€ per minivan
Transfer from Nida to Vilnius by private car 1-3 persons - 250€ - per car
Transfer from Nida to Vilnius by private minivan 1-8 persons - 270€ per minivan
Private guided walking tour in Klaipeda, 2 hours – 120€ per tour
 
Additional information:

Airports and airlines: Vilnius (VNO), Kaunas (KUN), Palanga (PLQ), Riga (RIX) – in Latvia, but convenient to reach Klaipeda.

Direct flights: Ryanair, Wizzair, Airbaltic, Lufthansa, SAS, Norwegian.

TRAVELLING TO KLAIPEDA
From Vilnius airport to the city
A) From Vilnius airport take a bus no 1 or 2 going to the Bus/Train station (ticket price from the driver 1€) - journey takes around 15 min.
B) Take a taxi from the airport to the city (to get a taxi use mobile phone app Taxify or Uber, do not take one from the street as they charge much higher rates) – taxi fare should be 5-6€ to the bus/train station.

From Vilnius to Klaipeda
A) Take a bus at the bus station (3 h 45 min, 15-20€ one way). Tickets can be purchased at the bus station or online (schedules and tickets: https://www.autobusubilietai.lt/)
B) Take a train from the train station (3 h 45 min – 4 h 10 min, 15-25 € one way). Tickets can be purchased at the train station or online (schedules and tickets: https://www.traukiniobilietas.lt)
From Kaunas airport to the city
A) Take a bus no 20 from the airport to Kaunas bus station (ticket price from the driver 1€) - journey takes around 50 min.

From Kaunas to Klaipeda
Take a bus from Kaunas to Klaipeda (2 h 35 min, 13-17€ one way). Tickets can be purchased at the bus station or online (schedules and tickets: https://www.autobusubilietai.lt/)

From Palanga airport to Klaipeda
Take a bus no 100 which will take you to Klaipeda bus station (ticket price from the driver – 2,5€, journey time around 30 min).
You can also book direct shuttle from Vilnius, Kaunas and Riga airports to Klaipeda (https://www.ollex.lt/en/express)
Also, all transfers can be booked privately.

TRAVELLING FROM NIDA TO KLAIPEDA
Transfer back to Klaipeda / Vilnius / Kaunas ir not included in the itinerary.
From Nida buses run frequently to Smiltyne (to the old ferry terminal) – ticket at the driver price is 3,4€, journey time is around 1 h.
From Nida there are direct buses to Klaipeda station, Kaunas or Vilnius – tickets can be purchased online or at the bus station (schedules and tickets: https://www.autobusubilietai.lt/)

Private transfers can be booked.

BAGGAGE TRANSFERS
Baggage transfers are included and will be transferred by private transfers from hotel to hotel. One bag per person up to 25 kg.

ACCOMMODATION
In Klaipeda you will stay at centrally located 3* hotel (and upgrade can be booked to a 4* hotel).
In Curonian Spit you will stay either at the carefully handpicked small guesthouses or studios/apartments. Some guesthouse accommodations may have shared bathrooms for a few rooms. In summer in the Curonian spit accommodation options are selling very quickly, so the bookings should be made as early as possible. The exact hotels will be known only after booking confirmation.

MEALS
Breakfasts:
Included in the hotels in Klaipeda.
In Curonian spit breakfast is not included, there are shops and restaurants at the villages where you will stay.

Lunch:
Prepacked lunch should be prepared in advance as there are no shops between the villages.

Dinner:
You will stay in the villages in the Curonian spit, in each there are a few restaurants and shops to buy your meals.