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Vilnius: City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

1. Vilnius: City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

Hop on a bike and explore the beautiful town of Vilnius with a guide. On this bike tour, learn about the history of Vilnius, ride down Gedimino Avenue from the Old Town to Zverynas District, and get that perfect photo from the Subaciaus observation deck. Meet your guide in the Old Town and pick up your helmet and bike. Follow the winding streets of Vilnius' Old Town, pausing to admire the many famous sights in this UNESCO World Heritage area. As you bike, learn about Vilnius' fascinating history, from its medieval era triumphs to the 20th-century occupations and its successful fight for independence. As you bike down Gedimino Avenue, the main street of Vilnius, you can see how the city has grown. Before arriving in the Zverynas district, enjoy a break on the Cathedral Square near the stunning Gedimino Tower. Continue to the Subaciaus observation deck, admire the Old Town's beautiful architecture, and snap the perfect picture of Paupys and Uzupis.

Sightseeing Tour around Vilnius City and Trakai Castle

2. Sightseeing Tour around Vilnius City and Trakai Castle

Discover the main objects of Vilnius city and surroundings, such as: The Classic Town Hall, the  bohemian Uzupis district (visiting the Angel of freedom, the Constitution), the Gothic St.Anne's Church and its famous Gothic ensemble, the magnificent Cathedral Square, old Vilnius University, and baroque masterpieces of the 17th century - Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Then you will drive to the surrounding area and visit Pavilniai Regional Park and see its wonderful panoramic Puckoriai exposure, Authentic Exile Memorial, the crazy Tuputiskiai serpentine, and the literary Markuciai Manor, also known as A.Pushkin Museum. Afterwards, you will see a panoramic view of Vilnius from Subacius hill.  The second part of the tour is dedicated to the Trakai district. The first stop is Paneriai Memorial Park and Museum, which commemorates the brutal events that occurred during WWII. Then you will arrive to Trakai town, where you'll have free time for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try traditional Karaites dishes like 'kibinai' (pastries filled with mutton and onion). The excursion continues to Trakai Castle, which was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political center, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania.  At the end of the tour, you'll drive back to Vilnius and be dropped off at your hotel at 17:00.

Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

3. 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 was the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

4. Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Meet your guide on the stairs of Vilnius town hall and be introduced to the Jewish history of Vilnius. After getting to know your walking tour group and having a short overview of Jewish history in the city, the guide will take you through the narrow winding streets of the former Jewish Quarter to talk about Jewish life in Vilnius before World War II. Gaze at photos of the past, depicting what was once a vibrant Jewish community in Vilnius. After this, you will go to see the site of the Great Synagogue of Vilna and the area where Vilna Gaon used to live. Learn how during World War II the Jewish quarter was divided into two ghettos. Visit both ghettos and learn about Nazi rule in Vilnius. After this, learn about the fate of the Vilnius Jewish community during the communist era and after the independence of Lithuania. If it's open, have the chance to visit the Vilnius Choral Synagogue. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to the area of the Big Ghetto to finish your tour near the Jewish Cultural and Information Centre for further exploration or bring you back to the starting point of the tour.

Vilnius: 1-Day Bike Rental

5. Vilnius: 1-Day Bike Rental

See the highlights of Vilnius or discover hidden spots only known to locals with this easy-to-use bike rental service. Have the freedom to see the city at your own pace as your cruise along the well-maintained bike paths. Pickup your bike at the tour provider's office which is conveniently located by the Lithuanian Parliament and Cathedral Square. Let the staff adjust the high quality bike to your size and fit you with a helmet. Use the city map to make getting around the city a breeze. Pack all your valuables away in a locker before setting off on your adventure around the city. Ride along the river Neris, peddle around the Old town, and go through the bohemian Uzupis district. Admire the wooden architecture of the Snipiskes and Zverynas areas. Nature lovers can peddle around Pavilniu regional park which is only 15-20 min from the city center. Feel secure knowing that you can get assistance by contacting the tour provider. Return to the tour office to return your bike.

Vilnius: Old Town and Uzupis Tour

6. Vilnius: Old Town and Uzupis Tour

Meet your guide at the heart of the old town for a personalized tour of Vilnius. Learn about the history and culture of this interesting city and finish off your visit taking in the laid-back atmosphere of Uzupis. Starting at the Palace of the Grand Dukes, you'll continue on to Vilnius Cathedral and its neo-classical façade and unique, free-standing bell tower. Explore the streets of the old town and hear stories about the city's past, learning how it became Lithuania's capital. Learn about Grande Duke Gediminas; the city's founder. Get a panoramic view of the city from St. John's Church. Discover and learn about other sights such as St. Anne's Church, the Basilian Gate, and the Gates of Dawn. Dive into Uzupis, a village that declared independence from Vilnius, it's name meaning 'the other side of the river.' Finish off your tour taking in its relaxed atmosphere and checking out the street art.

Vilnius: Hall Market Tour with Wine and Cheese Tasting

7. Vilnius: Hall Market Tour with Wine and Cheese Tasting

Meet your guide next to the main entrance to Hales Market - one of the oldest market in Vilnius. Enjoy a short tour around the market area as your informative guide entertains you with the history of the farmers market and railway station district. After your trip across the farmers market, get ready for an exciting cultural experience by tasting a variety of Lithuanian cheeses. From fresh to cured, soft to hard, white to blue and black, indulge in a variety of cheeses perfect for any palette. As you sample various Lithuanian cheeses your guide will also help you pair them with a variety of wines of apple, red currant, quince and nettle flavored profiles.

Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Catacombs Tour

8. Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Catacombs Tour

Have you ever wondered what a mysterious underground world may exist under your feet while walking throughout the streets of Old Town in Vilnius? Through its long history Vilnius has been repeatedly plagued by fires and wars. The houses in the Old Town were rebuilt several times throughout the last decades, but some of the underground parts have remained since the old times. During this tour, the history of Vilnius will be presented as it remains in the catacombs. You will see peculiarities of house cellars in the Old Town. You will have a unique possibility to see the place where one of the most beautiful historical women of Lithuania is buried. You will visit the crypt where the most powerful and well-known Lithuanian leaders are buried. Video projections will transfer you to a particular period. It will help you to visualize the image of Katedra’s catacombs in ancient times. One more innovation is a three-dimensional hologram. It is an allusion to a valuable and lost reliquary. The whole tour on foot will be guided by a professional guide. 

Discover Vilnius Tour

9. Discover Vilnius Tour

The tour starts from your centrally located hotel or other pick-up point. Firstly, you will visit famous spots in Vilnius' old town: the Town Hall, old Vilnius University and Presidential Palace, magnificient Cathedral Square, Gediminas Avenue, gothic St Anne's Church and Bernardine's Church. Afterwards go to the bohemian area - another "republic" of Lithuania - Užupis.   There you will visit the angel and the constitution. The tour continues as you visit  St. Peter and St. Pauls Church, the Puckoriai geological monument, the exile memorial and Markučiai manor. At the end you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Vilnius on the hill of Subačius followed by a drop off at your hotel or other centrally located place. 

Vilnius: Alternative Vilnius Guided City Bike Tour

10. Vilnius: Alternative Vilnius Guided City Bike Tour

Hop on a bike and explore alternative routes of Vilnius with a guide on a bike tour. Delve into the history of the city's industrial areas. Ride down Kudirkos street from Lukiskiu Square to the Sevcenkos lofts and capture street art photos in the Open Gallery. Meet your guide, and pick up your helmet and bike. As you pedal your way through the streets, learn about Vilnius' Soviet-era industrial units. Ride along the edge of Vilnius' urban waves from the old town to the new town. Make your way to the oldest city market – the trend-setting gourmet center of local seasonal cuisine as far as the once-glorious industrial units redeveloping into artistic communities. Before arriving at Cathedral square, enjoy a stunning view of the Old town from the Subaciaus observation deck. Admire the Old Town's beautiful architecture, and snap the perfect picture of Paupys and Uzupis.

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What people are saying about Vilnius Old Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 65 reviews

This tour was from a professional guide (Ugnė) who provided a great experience. She had a plan, carefully answered questions, and was generous with her insight and perspectives, including sharing experiences of her family across recent Lithuanian history. She provided a balanced viewpoint whilst also showing a sense of pride and love for Lithuania. The tour was just what I was looking for and just the right length.

The tour with Egle was wonderful. She introduced us to the sights of Vilnius with her calm demeanor and competent explanations. She also conveyed the historical and artistic aspects to us in an excellent way. We were very satisfied and thank you very much for that.

A fantastically good, knowledgeable and committed guide who provided a rich knowledge of Vilnius' history and of the various historical monuments. We give her the highest rating!

Took the tour today and it was great, guide very nice and shows you lots of things you’d easily miss if you were alone. I’d definitely recommend it

Great experience! Good bike rent in city centre,convenient and comfortable highly recommended