A city tour of Vilnius will feature the Old Town with its numerous attractions: the Cathedral with the Bell Tower, the ruins of the Lower Castle, Gediminas Castle, St. Anne’s Church, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Vilnius University buildings with cosy inner courtyards, the President’s Palace, and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. You will be also provided a chance to admire the panoramic view of the Lithuanian capital from the top of the Three Crosses Hill.
A visit to Trakai will reward you with another dose of Lithuania’s history and in addition great nature. Trakai, an ancient capital of the Grand Dutch of Lithuania, is located 25 km south of Vilnius. The main highlight is the 14th century Castle built on an island on Lake Galve, the remaining Karaite houses along the main street as well as the kenessa, a praying house of the Karaites. The castle houses a museum of history and is a favorite place for classical music concerts and outdoor theatre. Lunch in a local restaurant tasting Karaites’ specialities - kibinai - could be organised on request.
DRUSKININKAI – WELLNESS SPRINGS RESORT
Druskininkai is unique, located in the southern part of the country; 130 km away both from Vilnius and Kaunas. It is a centre for spa, health and sanatoriums due to its health bringing minerals and long spa and health service traditions. More or less the whole city of between 25.000 and 30.000 people are involved in health and wellness. Located by the Nemunas river in beautiful peaceful surroundings of woods and greens also makes a visit worthwhile.
Druskininkai is a year-round international resort offering mineral bath, mud and climate therapies.
Mineral waters of different mineralization, similar to the well-known European mineral waters, and cure mud are found in the resort.
Since 1794 the small town that has grown into an attractive small city offering all benefits of a carefree and safe vacation.
For children a visit to one of the largest Aqua-parks in Europe and the adventure park ONE is a hit.
PARK OF EUROPE
This open-air museum of the Centre of Europe is just 20 min drive from Vilnius. You will enjoy the landscape of the park and will at the same time discover the admirable world of contemporary art (over 90 large-scale works by artists from 29 countries).
The monument in the Centre of Europe contains indications of all the capitals of Europe and information on the distances to them.
Recently the Guinness World Record Book registered a record - the largest sculpture made of TV-sets, created in the Park of Europe.
A village located on the banks of the River Neris (35 km from Vilnius) has been known as an ancient capital of Lithuania. Archaeological excavations uncovered a medieval settlement dating back to the 12th century. In Kernavņ you will be able to climb 5 mounds and enjoy a breath-taking view of the river valley graced by the bends of the River Neris as well as visit the Archaeology and History Museum exhibition. Annual events, like midsummerday’s celebration, traditional dance and song events, Days of Live Archaeology are held in Kernave.
A sightseeing tour will start at Kaunas Castle and will follow to the Old Town featuring the Town Hall Square as well as its numerous churches and architectural monuments: St. George’s Church, Jesuit Church, the Church of Vytautas the Great, the Cathedral, also the Theological Seminary and the Perkunas House. The tour will pay a tribute to the Statue of Liberty and the Hall of Fame featuring Lithuania’s most distinguished countrymen. A walk along the central pedestrian avenue - Laisves aleja (Avenue of Freedom) - will drag you into a whirlpool of street vendors, musician, cafes and souvenir shops full of people and tourists. Optional visits: M.K. Ciurlionis Art Museum or the Museum of Devils.
Pazaislis architectural baroque pearl stands in a splendid isolation on the shore of the Kaunas Lagoon. It is one of the most beautiful Baroque style buildings in Lithuania. It was built in the 17th century under the supervision of Italian masters from Florence. In summer the monastery hosts classical music festivals, attracting thousands of locals and tourists.
OPEN-AIR MUSEUM IN RUMSISKES
Located 25 km from Kaunas the open-air country life museum in Rumsiskes offers acquaintance with the 18th-19th century architecture, traditions, crafts and day to day life of different ethnographic regions of the country. Entire buildings, tools, equipment etc from towns, villages and farmsteads from all over Lithuania were brought to this place and reassembled. The museum also stages folk song and dance events as well as other ethnic festivities. In summer a trip to Rumsiskes by steamboat across the Kaunas Lagoon is recommended being both relaxing and enjoyable.
A sightseeing tour of the third biggest city and seaport of Lithuania will impress most visitors. Enjoy a walk in the Old Town along numerous old town streets with Fachwerk houses, visit the Theatre Square with the statue of Annichen von Tharau, an old Neo-Gothic Post Office, Mazvydas Sculpture Park as well as the Kopgalis Fortress housing a Maritime Museum. For some a visit to the old German Cemetery could be of interest as well.
You will visit Kretinga, a spiritual and cultural centre of the northwestern part of Lithuania. The tour includes a visit to the Kretinga Museum, which was founded in the former Kretinga estate of Count Tiskevicius. The Kretinga Museum exhibits the history, traditions, crafts, and lifestyle of this part of Lithuania. The tour will take you to an exotic winter garden of the former palace with year round flourishing plants and nice water cascades, housing a cosy café. Later you will visit the most notable architectural monument of the town - the Church ensemble and Franciscan monastery, which are surrounded by a nice botanical garden.
Palanga walking tour will feature a number of natural and cultural monuments. The city centre still abounds with 19th-20th century villas and post-war vacation and resort buildings, while the Neo-Gothic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is an excellent example of old Palanga architecture. You will stroll in the Botanical Garden admiring the picturesque nature, the swans as well as the Neo-Renaissance Palace of Count Tiskevicius, housing a unique Museum of Amber. You will trace the ancient Lithuanian legends while climbing the Birute Hill, which reveals a breathtaking view of the Baltic coastline. The promenade pier and music-filled Basanavicius street are the sites that should not be missed.
The present Nida village was established after people left the old Nida after it was covered up with drifting sand in the beginning of the 18th century.
A sightseeing tour features the old Neo-Gothic Evangelic Lutheran chapel and an old graveyard nearby. The unusual gravestones are unique and characteristic to the seacoast region. You will visit Thomas Mann memorial house-museum, walk along the streets with typical fishermen houses and old villas. The present day attraction in Nida is the path of glory. Nevertheless, Nida is best appreciated for its undisturbed nature, amazing beauty of its dunes and the clear waters of the sea and the lagoon. Therefore, we will take you to Urbas Hill with the old lighthouse to admire the panorama of the Curonian Spit as well as to the ParnidĻio dune marked with a sundial on top of it.
Juodkrante is one of the oldest surviving settlements in Neringa. A nearby old grove protected the town from the drifting sand. At the end of the 19th century amber was excavated at the lagoon. Nowadays it has become one of the most popular seaside resorts.
The tour will feature visit to an old part of Juodkrante with Evangelical Lutheran Church, old fishermen houses, 19th-20th century resort buildings, the Hill of Witches with its numerous picturesque wooden statues. Visits to the Weathercock Museum or the Park of Sculptures can also be organised.
BOATING ON THE CURONIAN LAGOON
Try out boating and feel the strike of the waves of the lagoon in a 19th century fishing boat or a yacht. The boat will take you to the other side of the Curonian Lagoon - Ventes Ragas, which is famous as an ornithological centre and a perfect fishing location.
Siauliai sightseeing features a visit to St. Apostles Peter and Paul’s Cathedral complex, the Sundial Square with the Archer sculpture, the Hill of Rebels as well as Vilnius pedestrian street with a summer amphitheatre, the River Rude fountain and different museums located along this street.
HILL OF CROSSES
One of the most unforgettable and emotional sites in Lithuania is located in the vicinity of Siauliai town. It is the Hill of Crosses - a shrine for many Catholics. The initial crosses were set at this location to honor the dead after the rebellion in1831. The Tsarist authorities, later the Soviet authorities tried to remove the crosses on many occasions, but they were always secretly replaced by people overnight. Today, more than 50.000 crosses show the strong spirit and faith of the Lithuanian people. Pope John Paul II held a mass at the hill during his 1993 trip to Lithuania.