Kaliningrad

Russia in the heart of Europe

5.00

2 reviews

4 days

Duration

7 of 7

available

€520

Price per person

Organized by

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Nick Nedelchuk

Founder of Localie, ex PM at IKEA Global HQ

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Localies are open and friendly people who will be happy to show you around and help you to discover all the hidden gems of their locations. Just like visiting your friend!

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Hey, I’m Nick, the founder of Localie, an active traveller and a citizen of the world who returned not so long ago after living three years in the Netherlands. I was even a Localie there myself, conducting tours. Perhaps we crossed paths in the past there? Below just a few reasons why should go to Kaliningrad together. ✨ Here the German past lives in a remarkable way through the Russian present.It’s a complete contradiction of cultures that blends seamlessly in a very peculiar and unique way ✨ We’ll travel back in time to an Imperial nation that no longer exists, Prussia! We will see typical unassuming residential quarters, alongside the Villas of the Aristocracy, and old medieval castles! ✨ There are so many Castles here in Kaliningrad that the government is allowing them to be sold for as little as one Rouble! The catch of course, that the purchaser is obliged to renovate them in part to the state of their former glory! ✨ We will have fun at the beach! On the doorstep is the stunning Baltic Sea and the old seaside resorts of the European Elite ✨ We will meet up with some locals who decided to leave Moscow for the winter and made Kaliningrad their seasonal home. Why make such a decision? We will hear first-hand accounts of all the perks! Over the four days will take in Kaliningrad and her surroundings in such a way that it will present a risk for many that they will want to stay, or at the very least keep coming back! This tour has been put together alongside our localie Dina. She is an editor, illustrator, activist, and patriot of her region. Over the span of all 4 days Dina will be sharing her unique insight into the history and way of life in Kaliningrad. Check out the specifics of the tour in the “Day” tabs. Below are the cost breakdown and detailed description of what is included/excluded in the tour price.

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Route

Day 1
1

7:00 — MEET UP AT PAVELETSKY STATION. BREAKFAST IN COSTA COFFEE

The best and safest option for those early birds among us, if you’d like to get to know me and the other travellers and have breakfast at the same time, let’s aim for 7am here at the station. It’s located up the escalators on the second floor.

2

8:00 — WE CATCH THE TRAIN “AEROEXPRESS” TO DOMODEDOVO AIRPORT”

It’s worth buying the ticket in advance on the website aeroexpress.ru as it works out cheaper. You can also buy an open return for 750 RUB which is valid for a month. Alternatively, you can buy the ticket here at the station for slightly more money.

3

9:00 — LET’S MEET IN THE DEPARTURES HALL AT DOMODEDOVO

If you’re arriving by other means to the airport, let’s link up at the Airport in the departures hall. Please aim to have checked-in your luggage by this time. There are often queues here so kindly take into account the waiting time.

4

10:35 — WE FLY TO KALININGRAD DIRECTLY WITH S7

It’s a 2-hour flight to Kaliningrad, but there is a time change of one hour backwards which means that we will arrive at around 11:45. A bit of trivia for you, the airport there is named in honor of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna. Do you know why? 😉

5

12:00 — CHECK-IN AT RADISSON BLU 4*, IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

We will spend all our time here. The hotel is exceptional and the location is enviable. If our rooms are all ready, we’ll leave our belongings there and head out and explore the city, if not the hotel has storage lockers which we can make use of.

6

12:30 — MEET-UP AT RECEPTION

If we have people joining us from other flights/cities then we will all aim to meet here in the hotel Lobby at 12:30. We’ll all get acquainted with each other before starting our entertaining program ;)

7

13:00 — LUNCH IN “HMEL”

Before going on our long walk, let’s charge our batteries. We will sample Baltic cuisine (what even is that?) and meet my friend who for the second year in a row has made Kaliningrad her winter home away from home. Why? Let’s find out!

8

15:00 — OUT WE HEAD TO EXPLORE THE CITY

We will see the main sights of the city and residential areas, and also how the city thrived after the removal of the old city walls.

9

19:00 — DINNER IN MADAM BUCHE

Beautiful restaurant in the style of a Windmill. The view looks out onto Kafedralny Cathedral. The interior is cosy and has European cuisine.

10

21:00 — FOR THOSE WITH HIGH ENERGY – BAR HOPPING

Although the “official” part of the day will end here, the fun won’t stop! We’ll go with Dina to sample the local drinking culture 😉. Only the best places, loved by locals! No tourist traps! ❤️

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Price

Total cost

€520

Direct flight, luggage is included

€90

3 nights at 4* hotel, breakfast is included

€87

On-site 4-days program and coordination

€181

Transfers and all road trips

€146

Tickets to museums, cheese and chocolate tasting

€16

The price above is considering your stay in a double room with another person. If you want to stay at single room alone, I will kindly ask you to pay extra 7669 RUB for 3-night stay.

What's included?

Almost everything! Plane tickets, and not just budget flights, they include hold-luggage and carry on plus choice of seat!

A wonderful 4-star hotel right in the centre of town - Radisson Blu. Just having a room won't cut it, we've included breakfast as well!

Transfers and transport in and around Kaliningrad Oblast. There will be a lot of different chauffers and travel. We will never be stranded the entire 4 days!

Entrance to all the atractions, including castles and museums.

All four days we will be accompanied by our amazing localie and guide Dina. In addition to her we will also met other locals who have prefered Kaliningrad to Moscow. They'll be telling us their stories

Unrivaled company. Localie and I personally unite the most adventurous and interesting travellers. You won't feel alone and you'll most certainly make some friends.

What's excluded?

Lunches and Dinners are extra. Everyone eats different things and in different quantities. The average bill in each place will vary from 600 to 2000 rubles.

On the final day we're going to the Nordic Spa. Cost is around 1500-2000 rubles.

Reviews

5.00

(2 reviews)

Марина

Марина

11 July 2021

Мы снова путешествовали с Локали, с Ником! Волшебные 4 дня! Новый формат мини-тура пришелся нам очень по душе. Это находка и, как я думаю, перспективное направление Локали. О нас позаботились от и до! Не надо было думать о покупке билетов (хотя сначала я пыталась по привычке 🙈), выборе отеля, программе и даже ресторанах! И при этом по мере путешествия вносились изменения - погода была тëплая и мы купались почти на всëм пути следования. Отдельное спасибо Дине, нашему второму гиду, получился прекрасный тандем с Ником. Очень знающая, интересно и увлеченно рассказывающая и чрезвычайно деликатная девушка. И конечно, очень удобно было, когда Ник паркует микроавтобус (что иногда было непросто), группа с Диной уже впитывает интересности. Ну и плюс того, что у нас было два гида: при разношерстной группе есть возможность слегка разделиться по времени. Еще один бонус поездки - семейный отель ETE 1910. Очаровательное тихое место (посмотрите на букинге!). Но туда только на машине, 15-20 минут от Калининграда. И конечно, самостоятельно мы бы ни в жизни не увидели, не успели и не узнали столько интересного, необычного и красивого!

Василиса Папорова

Василиса Папорова

9 June 2021

Благодарю за чудесное путешествие! Отлично все! Красиво, интересно, тепло, незабываемо! Особая благодарность Нику и Кате за атмосферу в команде! Желаю процветания вашему проекту! Обязательно поеду ещё!

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Nick Nedelchuk

Founder of Localie, ex PM at IKEA Global HQ

Welcome here! I’m truly a world citizen and it’s hard to explain my origin. Being born in Ukraine, raised there, I moved to Russia when I was 13. Here my home was in 3 different towns: Vladimir where I studied at school and later at the university, St.Petersburg where I started my career, and finally Moscow where I continued my corporate path in the country offices of Ford and later IKEA. In 2017, I moved to The Netherlands being promoted to headquarters of my employer. After 2.5 years in that w...

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€520 per person

€130 per day

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