7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit

7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit

7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit

Prices

From $975USD

Difficulty

Guided, Self-guided

Hotels, guesthouses

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Highlights

Walk Lithuania’s top holiday destination with a guide or on your own

Hike, walk, and relax where the locals do in Lithuania, the UNESCO-recognized Curonian Spit.

Run through the expansive sand dunes that characterize the landscape of the spit, flanked by lagoons and sea.

Go from the depths of the forest to the wide-open Baltic coastline on your hikes, either with a guide or just with your group.

Relax in tiny fishing villages that have grown into fantastic seaside destinations.

Lithuania has more to discover than most people know, and the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit allows you either the freedom of a self-guided tour or the structure of a guided tour to see it for yourself. You’ll see firsthand the beauty of the UNESCO-recognized Curonian Spit, flanked by the Baltic Sea and blue lagoons and covered in wide sand dunes and fishing villages.

Explore remote forests, sip coffee in charming cafes, walk the streets of quaint fishing towns, and dip your feet in the welcoming Baltic Sea- all in one tour! With the bright sunshine and big blue sea guiding you, you’ll hike through nature and then soak up the sea and sun with other holidayers in resort towns. This experience is a snapshot of life in a special corner of Lithuania, and you just might not want to leave at the end. Come discover the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit!

7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Klaipeda

Once you arrive in Klaipeda, you’ll be taken to your hotel to settle in. Take a walk around the town or enjoy a welcome drink with your guide if you chose the guided tour.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Klaipeda
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Klaipeda to Smiltyne Loop Walk

Begin your adventure with a pickup from the hotel in the morning, heading directly to the old ferry terminal. After a short ferry ride from Klaipeda to Smiltyne, you will walk a loop along the northernmost part of the Curonian Spit. On the way, you’ll pass ethnographic fishermen’s farmsteads and old ships’ grounds as well as the sea museum and aquarium. You will walk on both sides of the Curonian Spit today, seeing both the lagoon coast and the Baltic Sea coast.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Klaipeda
Distance
3 hours, 8km, 18m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Hiking in Juodkrante

After breakfast, drive to Juodkrante for another hiking day. You’ll walk around Amber Bay, learning about the local flora and fauna and seeing the craftsmanship of local artists in the weathervane gallery.

Walk through a glorious old forest, cresting the Hill of Witches to learn about the folklore of this place. Watch for the cormorant colony here- it’s the largest in Europe! In the evening, you can relax at the local beach.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Juodkrante
Distance
6 hours, 13.5km
Meals
None

Day 4 Pervalka to Preila

After breakfast, head to the Grey Dunes, hiking another picturesque trail in the Nagliai Nature Reserve. Meander south along the coast of the Curonian lagoon to Preila. Before entering Pervalka village you can have a picnic lunch in front of the smallest lighthouse in Lithuania, which is also one of the most picturesque places in all of the Curonian lagoon area.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Preila
Distance
6 hours, 15km, 47m elevation gain
Meals
None

Day 5 Preila to Nida

Today you’ll walk from Preila to Nida, visiting Vecekrugas, the highest dune in the Curonian Spit, for 360-degree views. Hiking along the undulating hills, you’ll get pretty glimpses of the countryside on each hilltop.

Make sure to stop at the Nida civil airfield where you can walk on a real runway.

Overnight Location
Hotel or guesthouse in Nida
Distance
6 hours, 13.5km, 55m elevation gain
Meals
None

Day 6 Enjoying Nida

For your final walking day, you’ll enjoy the beauty of Nida at a leisurely pace. Visit the town centre, the Parnidis dune, and the stunning lighthouse. When you’re done walking, you’ll be able to lay back by the Baltic Sea and soak up some sun.

Overnight Location
Hotel or guesthouse in Nida
Distance
6 hours, 8.5km, 45m elevation gain
Meals
None

Day 7 Departure

Getting up off the sand in Nida is going to be hard, but it’s your final day of the tour. You can opt for a transfer back to Vilnius or Klaipeda or book some additional days here if you’d like more time.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
None

7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit Price and Dates

This guided or self-guided walking tour in Lithuania is run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the number of participants and whether you book with a guide or not.

Prices below are per person.

Guided Tour:

  • Groups of 4: $1,495USD* per person

Self-Guided Tour:

  • Groups of 4: $975USD* per person

* - Pricing changes depending on your group size.

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Accommodation on the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit

This tour is based in hotels and guesthouses. Hotels will generally be 3-star and offer modern amenities to keep you comfortable.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can upgrade to a single room for a supplement when travelling with a group, however, additional supplements might apply for those travelling solo. Please contact us for more details.

Night 1-2

3-Star Hotel in Klaipeda

You’ll enjoy a 3-star hotel centrally located in Klaipeda, giving you easy access to restaurants and shops.

Night 3

3-Star Hotel in Juodkrante

You’ll enjoy a 3-star hotel centrally located in Juodkrante, giving you easy access to restaurants and shops.

Night 4

Guesthouse in Preila

Rest up in a family-run guesthouse in Preila, where the hospitality is sure to charm you.

Night 5-6

Hotel or Guesthouse in Nida

Stay in a lovely guesthouse near the sea in Nida, where you’ll be nice and close to the beaches and the amenities of the town.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit?

Meals

2 breakfasts are included when staying in Klaipeda. Some guesthouses may additionally serve complimentary breakfast, but some may charge a fee.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included on this tour. Additional nights before or after the tour can be booked as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transfers upon arrival or for departure are not included but can be added as a supplement. Train tickets from Vilnius to Klaipeda and from Nida to Vilnius are available as a supplement. Additional train tickets or private car transfers during the tour can be purchased as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Entrance fee to Nagliai Nature Reserve
  • Welcome drink (guided tour only)
  • Walking maps and route notes (self-guided tour)
  • Guided activities (guided tour only)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Optional car transfers
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Day tours in each location
  • Sauna on Baltic coast

Frequenty Asked Questions about 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit

How hard is the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be comfortable walking between 8 and 15km per day for several consecutive days to enjoy this tour, but the hikes often include only mild elevation gain and you can take them at your own pace.

Are the guide services included?

Those who book the guided tour option will have all the activities led by different guides in different locations. Those who book the self-guided tour will have the information package provided with the directions, as well as an option to book guided activities as an optional extra.

Do I need a visa to travel to Lithuania?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit?

2 breakfasts are included when staying in Klaipeda. Some guesthouses may additionally serve complimentary breakfast, but some may charge a fee.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Please verify that your insurance covers the included activities on this tour. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Klaipeda to start this tour?

You can fly into the Vilnius Airport (VNO) and either take a taxi to your hotel or book a transfer as a supplement. You can also fly into the Palanga Airport (PLQ) and book your own transfer to Klaipeda.

Is the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit guided?

You can book this tour as either a guided or self-guided tour. Please let us know your preference at the time of inquiry.

Where does the 7-Day Walking Tour of the Curonian Spit end?

The tour ends in Nida. You can book a transfer back to Vilnius as a supplement or fly out of another airport, like Kaunas (KUN).

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Lithuania?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Lithuania?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Lithuania for this tour?

The best time to visit Lithuania for this tour is late spring through late summer (June-September) when the weather tends to be warm.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be comfortable walking between 8 and 15km per day for several consecutive days to enjoy this tour, but the hikes often include only mild elevation gain and you can take them at your own pace.


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