Infamously known as the ‘most militarized zone in Europe’ and home to the formidable Russian Baltic Sea Fleet, the exclave of Kaliningrad 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.
Your journey begins in Gdańsk, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Poland, although historically it has experienced the devastating impact of WWII. During the Iron Curtain, the city was the birth place of the Solidarity Movement, which ultimately led to the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.
You’ll continue to Kaliningrad, 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.
On our inaugural tour to the region, 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 defence 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!
Saturday 10th August – Gdańsk, Poland
Sunday 11th August – Gdańsk – Kaliningrad, Russia
Monday 12th August – Baltiysk – Baltics Split – Kaliningrad
Tuesday 13th August – Curonian spit – Kaliningrad
Wednesday 14th August – Kaliningrad – Vilnius, Lithuania
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Accommodation on a twin-share basis
• All transport to complete the itinerary
• YPT & English-speaking local guides
• All breakfasts
• Entrance fees
• Flights to Gdansk
• Flights from Vilnius
• Single supplement (€200)
• Russia Visa fee (depending on nationalities)
• Lunches, dinners & drinks
• Personal expenses
• Travel insurance
• Tips for local guides & driver
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