In this combo, retrace the history of the 20th century in region of Europe that would definetely gain to be more known: the Baltics, Europe’s Russian Exclave and the lesser seen side of the Chernobyl Catastrophe! YPT heads to a place infamously known as the ‘most militarized zone in Europe’ and home to the formidable Russian Baltic Sea Fleet: the exclave of Kaliningrad. The area is shrouded in secrecy. Being a closed Soviet military region for decades and still laced with nuclear missiles, warships and tanks tends to have that effect.
Formerly the city German city of Konigsberg, in the dying embers of WW2 after days of violent urban warfare the city was captured by Soviet forces who annexed the region. Konigsberg is one of the few places where you can see the remains of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union on top of each other. Post WW2, the territory was a strictly sealed off and forbidden military zone throughout the Soviet period.
We will bring you through the highlights of this fascinating Russian exclave. You’ll have the chance to explore Nazi command bunkers, Soviet nuclear submarines, the former frontline of the desperate German defense to hold the city, Prussian forts, natural wonders and forbidden military cities! As always, YPT’s extensive contacts in the region will allow us to gain access to areas most people can’t go!
After that, we will then proceed to visit the three countries of the Baltics, sitting on the fence between Europe and Russia.The modern day Baltics are a blend of various cultures and dark history, exploring the Baltic countries provides countless, unique opportunities for adventure. This year, YPT bring you the Soviet Baltics tour. An action packed and in depth road trip which kicks off in Lithuania and takes us through four countries in just over a week. We will be exploring Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and a spend a day over in Finland. In between we will explore the remains of the Soviet occupation of the Baltics, undergo Lithuania’s infamous Soviet bunker survival experience, drive tanks and Soviet army trucks, fire Kalashnikovs, discover the Latvian Chernobyl and its secret Soviet satellite bases, and much more!
During the world’s worst nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, Belarus, lying 16km from Chernobyl was hit brutally hard by the catastrophic fallout. 66% of the territory of Belarus was contaminated with cesium-137. In response, the Belarussian government set up an exclusion zone around their contaminated territory for decades. Only now, they have decided to open it to those holding permits and accompanied by a representative from the Belarussian government.
Inside the exclusion zone is a treasure trove of Soviet artifacts and relics, from abandoned boats and factories to watchtowers and propaganda centres, this is an area truly trapped in 1986!
Join us for all three destinations or join for two of them!
|Kaliningrad + Baltics
|Baltics + Belarus Exclusion Zone
|Full Tour (Kaliningrad, Baltics, Belarus Exclusion Zone)
Sunday 26th September – Kaliningrad
Monday 27th September – Kaliningrad
Tuesday 28th September – Baltiysk/Svetliy/Kaliningrad
Wednesday 29th September – Curonian spit/ Kaliningrad
Thursday 30th September – Kaliningrad/Vilnius END OF KALININGRAD PART, BEGINNING OF BALTICS
Friday 1st October – Vilnius
Saturday 2nd October – Vilnius
Sunday 3rd October – Riga
Monday 4th October – Riga
Tuesday 5th October – Tallinn
Wednesday 6th October – Tallinn
Thursday 7th October
Friday 8th October – Minsk
Saturday 9th October – Minsk
Sunday 10th October – Gomel Belarusian Exclusion Zone
Monday 11th October
•All transportation to complete itinerary
•All local tours (unless otherwise stated)
•Transportation to Kaliningrad and out of Tallinn
•Visa Fees (if applicable)
•Food and drinks
•Tips for guides and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.