The courtyards of Vilnius
University of Vilnius
Cold nettle soup
The courtyards of Vilnius
Deep dive into Lithuania
This 8 days tour will give you a deep knowledge of Lithuania.
3 nights in Vilnius
2 nights at the seaside
2 nights in Kaunas and Aukstaitija national park
Arrival to Vilnius. Panoramic tour. Overnight in Vilnius.
Full day tour of Vilnius, Medininkai, Trakai. A capital of Lithuania for nearly 700 years – Vilnius is proud to have second largest collection of baroque architecture after Rome – come to explore city with us – St.Anna and Bernardine churches, University of Vilnius, Presidents Palace, Cathedral Square and Gediminas castle, Gates of Dawn and Pilies street – and that are just few places that we will visit today. In the afternoon we will go to Medininkai – a spot on the border with Belarus where border guards were killed in 1991 – the last defenders that died for our independence. Later you will visit Trakai and the castle erected in the middle of the lake. This castle, constructed in the 15th century reminds us about history of Grand Duchy of Lithuania which borders reached Baltic and Black seas. On the way back to Vilnius we will stop by TV tower – the key place for all the independence fights in 1991 – to pay respect for those brave young people who were killed defending our weak independence.
Head towards Kaunas, capital of Lithuania in between the wars. Visit to Rumsiskes national open air museum on the way. This is one of the largest national museums in Europe where you can explore culture and traditions of Lithuania. Kaunas is a place for modern style architecture, pre-war history and a city life. They say that city was really a center of Lithuanian culture and science in mid thirties, and only the WWII destroyed the vibes of Kaunas bomond parties.
Today we will travel along the southern part of Lithuania and our highlights are totally unique places, that you most probably have never heard of, but they are very important in our history: Zapyskis and the church on the bank of the river Nemunas and Ploksciai – this tiny village in the begining of the 20th century was a beloved place for many prominent leaders of Lithuania and people tell stories that an author of Lithuanian anthem – Vincas Kudirka once felt in love here. You will definitely enjoy the ride along valleys of river Nemunas.
White sand dunes, antique fishermen villages and pine trees forests – all this, and many more you can find on a narrow sand strip in the Baltic sea called Curronian peninsular. The central town Nida - you will visit today, and drive all along the half of the peninsular that belongs to Lithuania. The other 50 kilometers of this national park is owned by Kaliningrad region, Russia.
Time to spend a night in a village. Today you will drive in the north of Lithuania, through the Hill of Crosses to Ignalina, visit some local farms and stay in one of them. Eastern part of the country is rich in national parks and the lakes – why not to try swimming in one of them? As well as amazing farms and mansions – one of the ECO Ilzebergo mansion we will visit together.
Through the never finishing ancients forests, visiting bee and honey museum, today you will return back to Vilnius.
It has been a short week and you have seen a lot! Today we finish our itinerary, but will wait you coming back!