Starting from the soviet style capital of Belarus to the little known Russian enclave of Kaliningrad this individual itinerary will introduce you to three very diverse former communist states. This itinerary is based on three-star central hotels with bus and train tickets, as well as a private transfer from Lithuania to Kaliningrad. We can of course tailor-make this tour to suit you if you would prefer to stay longer in any one place or upgrade the hotels.
Fly to Minsk and transfer to your hotel. Check in for 3 nights.
Dig deep to discover the fun and charm of Minsk. Follow a route from Independence Square to October Square and get your fill of Stalin-era grandiose gems including the Post Office, GUM Department Store and Palace of Culture. The city comes alive at night where you will be pleasantly surprised by its fine restaurants and buzzing live music venues. (B)
Free day to explore Minsk or perhaps head out to the open-air museum of Dudutki and learn everything about Belarusian traditions. Explore farmsteads, mills and handicraft shops. (B)
Today explore Kaliningrad. perhaps not the prettiest of cities on first glance, but Kaliningrad has its own charm. Discover surviving remnants of the city’s German heritage and an interesting selection of war time monuments and museums. Visit the painstakingly restored red brick Cathedral and the Immanuel Kant Museum, which located inside. Make sure to visit to the World Ocean Museum housed in a former Soviet research vessel, and an old Foxtrot-class Soviet submarine. (B)
Perhaps take an excursion out of Kaliningrad to the Zamland Peninsula and explore the port town of Baltiysk, the westernmost point of Russia and home of Russia’s Baltic Fleet. It was closed to visitors during the Soviet period and even now a permit in needed to enter. Visit the Citadel, which was built during the brief Swedish occupation of the area. See the impressive 32-metre high lighthouse, an iconic symbol of the town. (B)
Free morning before transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)