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The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

1. The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

This full-day tour starts at 09.00 AM when you’re picked up at your centrally located Vilnius Hotel. After about an hour’s drive you’ll reach the Ukmergė District, stopping at a park established to remember those who fought against the Soviet regime. You’ll see crosses dedicated to the partisans, to the most important dates of Lithuanian history and to famous individuals, such as Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan. Learn about the symbolism of the cross in Lithuanian culture and history. Continue to the Siauliai area, where you’ll visit the Hill of Crosses, one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Lithuania. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and taste traditional Lithuanian dishes. After lunch you’ll head back to Vilnius arriving at around 5:00-6:00 PM.

Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

2. Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

Vilnius is a beautiful city, renowned for it's green spaces and Baroque architecture. It is also a very old city with lots of history, which nuances are best presented by a local Lithuanian. We recommend starting your tour where the history of the city began 10,000 years ago at the Cathedral Square. Other meeting points in the Old town would also work, however this one is recommended. Walking through important buildings, streets and other objects you will find out how Lithuania emerged from the swamps to become a self-sufficient country, how it came to its fall, what the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

3. From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel or apartment in central Vilnius, drive to the Paneriai Memorial Park, built at the site of the Ponary massacre where up to 100,000 people were murdered by the Germans during World War II. Pay your respects to the fallen heroes and see historic photographs and documents that detail the tragedy.  Move on to the former medieval residence of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes at Trakai. Take a guided tour of the legendary castle and learn more about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania during its golden age. See historical artifacts inside the fortress, built on an island on beautiful Lake Galvė.  Enjoy up to an hour of free time to explore on your own and purchase souvenirs, or use the time to taste some traditional dishes from Lithuania and of the Jewish Karaite faith at your own expense. Drive back to Vilnius and get dropped off at your hotel or apartment on arrival.

Vilnius: Private Paneriai Park, Trakai Castle, Kernavė Tour

4. Vilnius: Private Paneriai Park, Trakai Castle, Kernavė Tour

After pick-up from accommodation in Vilnius start the tour with Paneriai memorial park, where thousands of Lithuanian Jews were killed. Learn about the Paneriai or Ponary massacre where up to 100,000 people were murdered by German SD, SS and Lithuanian Nazi collaborators during World War II. After the tour of the park visit Trakai castle, once a major centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and where today you can see one of Europe's most beautiful castles on the island in the lake. Here you will have the chance to have lunch in a traditional Karaim restaurant or enjoy a boat trip around the lake. After Trakai visit the first capital of Lithuania, Kernavė. Kernavė is highly significant in Lithuanian history and boasts five hill forts and historic churches. A Lithuanian state cultural reserve was established in Kernavė in 1989 and it was in 2004 that Kernavė Archaeological Site was included into the UNESCO world heritage list. After enjoying this site you will be returned to your accomodation in Vilnius.

Vilnius: Mysterious Miracles Self-Guided Gaming Walk

5. Vilnius: Mysterious Miracles Self-Guided Gaming Walk

Embark on an interactive city discovery experience across Vilnius. Solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser on a self-guided tour you can take at your own pace. Enjoy some unconventional sightseeing as you take part in a kind of outdoor escape room challenge. Find the solutions to 14 riddles, and get taken to the next location after you solve each one. Your challenge starts at the Tymo farmers market. As you go, unlock local recommendations and fun facts — as well as the history of the city as you head beneath the surface of Lithuania's capital. Follow in the footsteps of Katerina as her riddles guide you to discover the mysteries of the Old Town, local cafes, charming streets, and a 'Republic' in the heart of the city. Explore the best of Vilnius, both its landmarks and its hidden spots. The highlights you'll discover on this game include the Republic of Užupis, Literatų Street, St. Anne's Church, City Hall Square, the Vilnius Cathedral, and more. This game is suitable for friends, couples, and families with kids, as well as for team-building exercises. Enjoy being together while exploring a city, and be creative and use your imagination to find the city's secrets.

Vilnius: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Trakai

6. Vilnius: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Trakai

Enjoy an amazing half-day tour of Trakai, traveling by air-conditioned minibus from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, with an English-speaking guide. Located just 17 miles (28 kilometers) from Vilnius, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is situated in a picturesque lakeside area, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Upon arrival, explore the historic town and well preserved ruins of the Peninsula Castle, set on its own island in Lake Galvė. Constructed in the 14th century, the castle was once of extreme strategic importance, falling into disrepair in the 17th century. Reconstructed according to its 15th century plan after World War 2, it’s now a major landmark of Lithuania. Learn about the small ethnic Karaites group who settled in Trakai, along with Tartars, Russians, Jews, and Poles, and get panoramic views of Lake Galvė, the deepest of the region’s 200 lakes.

Vilnius, Trakai and Kernave Private Full-Day Tour

7. Vilnius, Trakai and Kernave Private Full-Day Tour

Once you are picked up by your guide at your accommodation, you will head to Gediminas tower in Vilnius to take a look at the Old Town of Vilnius. Later you will take a stroll in the Old Town. Then you will head to Kernave, the first Lithuanian capital, located 40 minutes drive from Vilnius. On the way it is possible to visit the Cognitive Walkway of Dukstos Oak-Wood. Upon reaching Kernave (a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today a tourist attraction and an archaeological site) you will explore 5 hill forts, archaeology museum and hand-made souvenirs shop. Afterwards you will head to Trakai, with possible stops at view-point of Neris river-bank or Uztrakis mansion. Trakai prides a magical castle, located on an island. You will be able to visit castle museum, to take a boat trip (additional charge), and have lunch in traditional restaurant owned by the Karaim family. After lunch you will head back to Vilnius, where you will do some more sightseeing in the Old Town

Vilnius: Vibrant Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Vilnius: Vibrant Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Download a tour that you can take at your own pace with this MP3 self-guided audio tour. Use the fully detailed map of the area, so you can get around offline. Get fascinating facts about Vilnius, the capital and largest city of Lithuania. Listen to details about Vilnius cathedral and its bell tower, the Chapel of St Casimir located inside the cathedral, and a monument honoring the famed King Mindaugas. See the splendid Palace of the Rulers, Cathedral Square, a monument and tower built to honor King Gediminas, Lithuania’s most famous and beloved leader. Access information about the magnificent Lithuanian National Museum, Castle Hill and Pilies Street. Take a tour from your phone at your own pace. Leave the worry about wasting data behind, as this can be used offline.

Dzukija National Park and Grutas Park: Full-Day Tour

9. Dzukija National Park and Grutas Park: Full-Day Tour

Once you and your group have been picked up from your accommodation in Vilnius, get ready for a day filled with adventure.  From Vilnius, you will travel to Merkine, where you will head to the Three Crosses area, which acts like a gate leading to a dome and a pyramid. Spend at least a few minutes here, as it's said to have a cleansing effect. Afterwards, proceed to the dome and pyramid and after short meditation, you will continue to the Cepkeliai Marsh.  The Cepkeliai Marsh is the largest swamp in Lithuania; here you will spend some time hiking. Later, you will continue to the Grutas Park, which is an exposition of Soviet statues scattered around the park. You will have lunch either in Marcinkonys village or Grutas Park. After lunch, you will head to Liskiava Monastery Ensemble and Druskininkai resort town. In the evening, you will return to Vilnius.

From Vilnius: Day Trip to Curonian Spit National Park

10. From Vilnius: Day Trip to Curonian Spit National Park

Start with an early morning pick-up from your centrally located Vilnius hotel and drive to the Lithuanian seaside for 4-hours. There, you will experience the haunting atmosphere in the cormorants colony, have a look at the characters of the famous Lithuanian sagas and fairy tales on the mysterious Hill of Witches and walk on beautiful moving sand dunes, probably the largest in Europe. You will also have time to explore the cultural center of Curonian Spit - Nida village. See sand dunes with rare flora, littoral forest with centuries old trees and hand planted hill pines, white sand beaches, as well as urban infrastructure, streets, embankments, the Old Town with the architecture typical of this region and the scent of freshly smoked fish will make an indelible impression on you. In the evening, drive back to Vilnius.

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What people are saying about Vilnius

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4.7 / 5

based on 300 reviews

A wonderful day taking in Lithuania and its historical past. Awe inspiring views, culture and its beauty. Andrius our guide, was really informative, and pointed out lots of extras on the day. Be prepared for a long drive but you get to view the country's topography and wildlife. Well worth the cost and would definitely recommend seeing the Hill of Crosses. Both beautiful and poignant.

A fantastic journey done in winter time, full of surprises and (very) off the beaten track. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable, and listened to what we would like the most to do or see! We managed to do two hikes and saw so many different things in just one day. Highlight being the walk to the swamp and an insane statue place. A trip i very strongly recommend.

The trip was very interesting. The village museum, the monastery and the town of Kaunas are worth a visit.

We saw beautiful Lithuanian nature and many other interesting things. The trip was really worth it.

Places of interest, knowledgeable and pleasant guide. A nice day in Lithuania.