Tours in the Baltics

Vilnius City tour (3 hours)

Vilnius city tour is a 3-hour acquaintance with Vilnius Old Town where you can feel the atmosphere of the city’s history of the 16th-19th centuries while walking along its narrow winding streets or visiting the most exciting architectural and historic monuments: Vilnius Cathedral, erected on the historic and legendary site where pagan gods were worshipped and where Vilnius was founded as far back as the 13th century, a nearby Gediminas Castle on the hill rising above the city centre, the gem of the Lithuanian Gothics - the elegant St. Anne’s Church, Vilnius University - famous centre of science since its very foundation in 1579, the Gate of Dawn with a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, to mention just a few. The tour involves a driving part as well as walking in the Old Town.

Vilnius University - architectural ensemble with church of St. John (2 hours) 

The old Vilnius University campus occupies the Old Town quater between Universiteto, Šv. Jono, Pilies and Skapo streets. Since its founding in 1579, the campus has expanded and there have been changes in building style and appointment. During excursion you will be visiting library halls dated back to the beginning of the 17th century. In the second half of the 16th century it housed the refectory of the Jesuit monastery. The star of Vilnius University architectural ensemble is certainly Sts. John church which was established at the initiative of the Vilnius townspeople in 1386, on the eve of the Christianization of Lithuania.

KGB museum (2 hours)

There’s more cold, hard reality than some people can handle in this place. The former prison has been kept pretty much intact, and simple written explanations or audio guides allow the grim reality to speak for itself. In the vacuum of quiet left by whispering or silent visitors, imagination fills the atmosphere. You can explore cells in which prisoners were packed, a horrific "padded cell", and chilling "water torture" cells. Upstairs, in a more traditional and creative display area, exhibitions cover Soviet occupation, deportations, and the Partisans who fled to the forests and fought for Lithuanian independence. It’s not fun. It’s not supposed to be. It’s about understanding and respect, and will certainly leave an impact. Don't underestimate it, and don't miss it.

Europos Parkas - a museum set in nature (2 hours)

Europos Parkas, the leading open-air contemporary art museum, is only within 20 min. drive from the centre of Vilnius. Let's meet in the middle of Europe! Europos Parkas was founded in 1991. The exhibition spans an area of 55 hectares and is visited by over 60,000 people annually. The goal of the museum is to give an artistic significance to the geographic centre (as determined by the French National Geographic Institute in 1989) of the European continent and to present the best of Lithuanian and international modern art achievements.

Tour to Trakai (4 hours)

Let the Lithuanian landscape slide past your window as you travel 30 minutes to Trakai, located 17 miles (28 kilometers) West of Vilnius. Learn more about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Battle of Grunwald and Vytautas the Great (1392-1430). There are many beautiful lakes in the region. Visit Trakai Castle and Museum of the 15th century (in the middle of Lake Galve). It is the only insular castle throughout Eastern Europe - Island Castle is one of the most visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania. The visit is approximately 1 hour and you will have free time for shopping and relaxation.

Trakai is also home to Karaites, a Turkish ethnic group practicing religion akin to Judaism who came to Lithuania from the Crimea in the 14th century as warriors for Grand Duke Vytautas. Today the country's smallest ethnic minority counts under 300 members.

Kaunas, second largest city in Lithuania

Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. It is situated in the valley of two longest rivers of Lithuania, the Nemunas and the Neris. That is why this city is so green! There are 15 in-town parks, 2 wild parks and 2 protected areas. Kaunas is considered to be an example of merging of people and cultures, an attractive blend of architecture and nature. Our travel agency offers a full day tour to Kaunas, once the provisional capital and the citadel of Lithuanians. The tour takes to the beautiful and restored Old Town of Kaunas with various styles of architecture. The tour includes the art gallery of the most famous artist and composer M. K. Ciurlionis. Kaunas is called the city of Museums: you can visit the Military Museum of Vytautas the Great, M. K. Ciurlionis Art Gallery, the Ninth Fort, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, etc. You will really enjoy your promenade in the heart of Kaunas - Freedom Avenue - which you can reach from the Old Town. Tour to Kaunas can be combined with a tour to Rumsiskes - Lithuanian open air museum which is situated 25 km to the South-East of the main highway to Vilnius.

Tour to Rumsiskes (6 hours)

Rumsiskes is a small picturesque town situated on the right bank of the Nemunas River, 80 km from Vilnius. The town existed here from time immemorial but the first historical reference to it dates back to the 14th century. Nowadays, in the surroundings not far from the modern town one can come across numerous barrow graves and fortress hills that have been preserved from the ancient times. There is a place near Rumsiskes where the time seems to have stopped. It is the National Ethnographic Open-air Museum Rumsiskes. It was founded in 1966 and has been opened to the public since 1974. The visitors can get acquainted with architecture, traditions, crafts and life of the different Lithuanian regions in the 18th - beginning of the 20th century. The museum occupies territory of 20 hectares; it is a small village, presenting Lithuania in miniature. The museum's exposition is divided into four ethnographic regions Aukstaitija, Zemaitija, Suvalkija and Dzukija. Traditional buildings present the characteristic features of the rural architecture of each region. You can enter any house and see in your own eyes how people lived hundred years ago. Authentic furniture, crockery, kitchen articles, tools are at the display. Museum guides, dressed in traditional clothes, will tell you about the culture and tradition of Lithuanian folk. In some buildings the process of some kind of work is demonstrated: making pots of clay, processing of amber, wood, metal, weaving, etc. In the premises of the museum different folklore festivals and fairs where you can buy works of applied art made by local craftsmen are held regularly. A typical Lithuania tavern offers national meals and local beers.

Druskininkai SPA and Grutas Park (full day)

The collection of Grutas Park museum consists of monumental sculptures and bas-reliefs of "heroes" of the Soviet period symbolizing brutality and absurdity of the Soviet system and occupation, reflects manipulation of the facts of history and shows the distorted memory of the history. Monumental sculptures and bas-reliefs displayed were erected in majority of Lithuanian cities and towns during the Soviet period. After the walking tour we will offer to relax in SPA.

Anykščiai (full day)

It takes 1,5 hour to get from Vilnius to Anykščiai. Activities include a visit to Horse Museum, Light of Happiness (tomb of famous Lithuanian writer J. Biliūnas), seeing the biggest stone in Lithuania – Puntukas and learning the legend about it. Enjoy a ride on Siaurukas, a narrow-gauge railway which was established in 1899. That time was known as the time of black engines and wooden carriages. In the beginning of the 20th century the Siaurukas was the main vehicle in the region of Aukštaitija (North-Eastern Lithuania) for carrying people and goods such as bacon, sugar-beet, flour, butter, flax-seed, wood and sand. The farmers transported salt, fertilizers, burning oil and coal. From year 2001 the narrow-gauge has not been used any more for the purposes mentioned above. Nowadays it is an object of national cultural heritage and is used for tourism, free time and entertainment purposes. Afterwards tour and wine tasting in the factory “Anykščių vynas“.

Curonian Spit including the Hill of Witches in Juodkrantė

The Curonian Spit is a long thin curved sand dune peninsular that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. One of Europe’s forgotten paradises, this spectacular landscape is one of the most stunning in Europe. This tour takes you on a journey along the Curonian Spit where you can see some of the most beautiful towns of Lithuania like Juodkrantė and Nida. Visit the summerhouse of German Nobel laureate Thomas Mann on the Hill of the Mother-in-Law and see the incredible wooden sculptures on the Hill of Witches. This tour through Lithuania’s beautiful coastal towns and breathtaking landscapes is a must-do during a visit to the Baltic States.

Ventė Cape

Visit the ornithological station and an old lighthouse in the Ventė Horn. Further cycle to Minija village called Lithuanian Venice where the River Minija serves as the main street. On request boat trips are possible. Do not miss an opportunity for bird watching and fishing.

Beer tour (6 days)

Lithuania has deep traditions in brewing. It is very difficult to imagine Lithuanians having a meal without a beer. The taste of real Lithuanian beer will remain in your memory for a long time...

This tour is not only for those who like beer but also for those who are interested in beer brewing. We offer you a merry and full of surprises trip to the land of mills and breweries. You will enjoy visiting the biggest cities of Lithuania as well as the most popular places and the best brewers. The exhibition "Agrobalt" in the exhibition centre “Litexpo” can not be imagined without beer. A lot of breweries gather there annually to take part in the competition. The winners are honoured as the best beer-makers of the year. Our travel agency offers you a tour around Lithuania with visits to the biggest and best breweries. Our advice - the beer gets its taste better when you have it with Lithuanian garlic bread.

Day 1. Arrival in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, accommodating in the hotel. City tour around Vilnius with a guide. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, Pilies street, Vilnius University courtyards and Presidential area, St. Ann's Church, St. Peter and Paul's Church, the Gates of Dawn with the chapel housing a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Town Hall Square. After lunch departure for Trakai, the historical capital of Lithuania. In 1321 Grand Duke Gediminas built Trakai castle on the peninsular of the Lake Galve. This castle served briefly as the capital of his lands before he moved back to Vilnius in 1323. In the evening national dinner: try our national dishes and drinks (beer), be entertained by a folk show. Overnight at the hotel in Vilnius.

Day 2. Transfer to Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. City tour in Kaunas: exploring the Old Town, visiting the Postal Museum where papers about brewery are kept from the 17th century. Optional: visit M. K Ciurlionis State Art museum or the Devil museum. After lunch – a tour to the brewery factory "Ragutis", founded in 1853. The brewery makes eight kinds of beer: Ragutis Premium, Ragutis Pilsner, Sirvenos, Birzieciu, Fortas, and Ragutis Special. Dinner at the beer restaurant where all the dishes are cooked on the basis of beer. This is one of rare places where beer is produced from honey. Overnight at a hotel in Kaunas.

Day 3. Transfer to Siauliai. Visit the Hill of Crosses (11 km from Siauliai). The first crosses were originally erected to commemorate the 1863 uprising. On his visit to Lithuania Pope Paul II held the Mass there. You can leave your little cross to fulfil your secret dreams. After lunch visit a special exhibition at Siauliai "Ausros" Museum, called "Droplets Through the Beer". It covers all beer-making equipment used in Lithuania. There are archaeological, cultural and historical exhibits too. Visit "Ausros" Museum's Zaliuku Windmill and examine centuries-old objects from ethnographic life. Visit to "Gubernija" brewery, founded in 1786. You can become acquainted with the processing of Wheaten, Wheat Crystal, Provincial Extra, Zigulinis, Sovereign beers and a low alcohol drink, called Gira. Dinner at a country music club and overnight at a hotel in Siauliai.

Day 4. After breakfast departure for Birzai, the northern part of Lithuania. Have a short city tour and visit Tiskevicius Palace on the picturesque peninsular. Discover the unique fallen-in grounds and go along the longest bridge over the Sirvena Lake in Lithuania. After lunch – a visit to Birzai "Selos" Museum. The Museum has an exhibition devoted to the sanctity of brewing and its attitudes. You will not only get acquainted with the ways of producing beer but also will be able to taste it. National dinner in watermill in Pasvalys. Transfer to Panevezys and overnight at a hotel.

Day 5. City tour in Panevezys, a visit to Art gallery that holds the exhibition of traditional ceramists' works. Excursion to brewery factory "Kalnapilis" with the tasting of beer. After lunch departure for Vilnius with some stops at the most interesting sites in Panevezys region. Explore Flax museum where visitors get to know all about flax and linen making. To recall the times of the Grand Dukes and wild animals in magnificent woodlands, visit the Pasiliai Bison Reserve. The Bison is included into the Lithuanian Red Data Book for protected species. Arrival in Vilnius. In the evening a farewell party at a brewery pub tasting beer. You will be offered 10 different kinds of beer that are made in various parts of Lithuania. You can buy various kinds of beer souvenirs (glasses, T-shirts, posters, etc.). Overnight at a hotel in Vilnius.

Day 6. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure.

 

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