Day 1, Sunday: Arrival in Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, relaxing time to recover.
Day 2, Monday: Vilnius - Trakai – Vilnius.
We start or day with half day tour in the Old Town (inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List ). The historical center of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Europe. The Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, the Royal Palace, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church,the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Jewish Quarter, Vilnius University, Pilies Gatve (Castle Street) are just some most well-known sights among many historical buildings and areas. You can see also Vilnius outside The Old Town including parliament, Gediminas Avenue- main street in the city center with Seimas Palace (parliament), Gedimino Palace, natioan drama theater etc, Užupis neighborhood, former Antakalnis suburb and other.
Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Trakai is a small lovely town between lakes, with some walls of Peninsula castle, houses of Karaims (minority came to live in Lithuanian nearly 600 years ago), but main attraction in Trakai - insular castle from the 14th century, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lithuania and single insular castle in the Eastern Europe. Visit to the insular castle, built on a small island in the lake Galve, walk in Trakai. Optional break (cafe, lunch or dinner). Return to Vilnius.
Day 3: Vilnius - Druskininkai - Rumsiskes - Kaunas.
This morning the tour takes Druskininkai, most popular and oldest inland resort.inland resort in Lithuania where already famous for its mineral water springs having unique healing properties and peat therapeutic mud. En route stop to visit Grutas park to see sculpture garden of Soviet-era statues and an exposition of other ideological relics from that period.In the evening arrival in Rumšiškės village to visit large outdoor museum, one of the best organized ethnographical museums in the Baltic region and great place to learn about life of Lithuanians in old times. After that a short drive to Kaunas, second largest city of the country, a short excursion for orientation. Free time.
Day 4: Kaunas along Nemunas river - Klaipeda.
In the morning tour of Kaunas. You can take a stroll down the Old Town of Kaunas with its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The Kaunas Castle (in ruins), built in the 14th century, is the oldest masonry castle in Lithuania and the only one with a double wall fortification. Many interesting buildings on the market square or in its vicinity:Town Hall, Cathedral Basilica - the largest Gothic building in Lithuania, archaic Perkunas house and other. During the interwar period, the city became the temporary capital of Lithuania, so it might be interesting to learn legacy from that period as well. Of course we can not miss pedestrian street Laisves avenue, connection between new and old parts of the city. You can enjoy great panoramic view from the top of Aleksotas hill. After lunch drive to Klaipeda. There is highway to Klaipeda, but we would like to recommend drive along the largest river Nemunas, most interesting is that road between Vilija and Jurbarkas. Frequent stops in small villages. More time saving option: Kaunas- Klaipeda highway A1.
Day 5: Klaipeda Palanga area (including Curonian spit).
We begin our day with visit to Palanga, most - wellknown reosrt in Lithuania. Main sight - lovely Botanical Garden around the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz and the amber museum where you can see amazing collection of 4,500 piezes of amber from small to large, from yellow to almost black ones. In the evening we recommend to walk along most popular street in Palanga - J.Basanavicius street, running between Vytauto street and the pier. Along this street can be found many town's bars, restaurants, nightclubs, attractions. But after morning visit to Palanga it is time to learn Klaipeda, main seaport of Lithuania. Most attractive area- oldest part of town between the river and Turgaus aikštė where main square Thater square, oldest buildings of the city from 18th-18th century can seen. We continue our tour to see also new city of Klaipeda.
After lunch the tour takes you to the Curonian Spit, one of the most beautiful national parks and resort areas in Lithuania . En route several optional stops, including stop in small, but romantic village Juodkrante to have cafe or lunch break, to walk in the village or discover Hill of Witches which house over 80 oak sculptures based on Lithuanian legends and folk tales Sightseeing in Nida, one of the most beautiful villages in Lithuania includes visiting sandy dunes, walk along coastal area, optional visit to T. Mann house (Nobel price writer) or visiting local galleries, it is interesting to see the old graveyard with old traditional crosses or finally we can just to enjoy relaxing atmosphere of that small but beautiful village.
Day 6: Klaipeda - Siauliai (the Hill of the Crosses).
Drive to the northern region of the country, Siauliai district. En route optional side trips to some typical Lithuanian small towns (Plunge, Telšiai). Stop in Siualiai, 4rth largest city in the country. A walk along the oldest pedestrian street of the country. Drive to see famous Hill of the Crosses. Decorated with thousands of crucifixes, the Hill of Crosses is one of the symbols of deep catholic traditions and national identity in Lithuania. Drive back to Vilnius through rural area, through small towns and villages.
Day 7: Departure. Transfer to the airport/rail station/bus station.
- The itinerary preseneted here is just an example. We can add/exlude sights, areas upon your request.
- Side trips from Lithuania are possible as well - Riga, capital of Latvia is only 300 km/200 miles away, distance to Tallinn (via Riga) is about 600 km or 400 miles.
- Belarussian capital Minsk is only 200 km away and distance between Vilnius and Kaliningrad (former Köningsberg) is about 350 km.
- Maximum is price can be applied for a couple ot two people traveling together.
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