Vilnius
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  • Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

    1. Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

    On this Jewish heritage tour, learn about the lives and history of the Jews in Vilnius. Enjoy a rich introduction to Vilnius' Jewish past with a local guide in either a small group or a private tour. Meet your local guide to set out towards the heart of Vilnius. Walkthrough the old town for an introduction to the city's Jewish history. At Vilnius Synagogue learn about the history of the Jews in Lithuania before and after WWII. Discuss with your guide the unspoken prohibition of Jewish religious life and constant supervision by the Soviet state security authority. See how the synagogue remained the heart of the city’s Jewish life. From the synagogue, continue with your guide to the Jewish Information Center and see an impressive collection of Jewish history in Vilnius. Afterward, head to the memorials of Vilna Gaon and Jacob Gens. Hear about their very memorable personalities. Stroll t...

  • 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.

    A great way of exploring Vilnius and finding the hidden gems (even for the local people). Our guide Ugne was full of knowledge about the city and its history. We had an amazing time!

  • The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

    3. 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.

    Our guide was really nice, funny and was making sure all the time that we are okay and we have what we need.

  • 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 incl...

  • Local Guide of Vilnius Nightlife

    5. Local Guide of Vilnius Nightlife

    Looking for something unusual and interesting? Do not miss the opportunity to see Vilnius at night! If you have already seen places of interest in the daytime, you will receive a very different impression of Vilnius at night. Brightly illuminated streets, squares, majestic buildings of Vilnius will create a pleasant environment for an evening walk. Do you want to know where to find the most delicious food, drinks, clubs? Also, You want to know where is the cheapest taxi or the best hotels of Vilnius? You guide will give You some advice! We will introduce you to the most interesting places of Vilnius. You will spend your time with a responsible person who will be with you as long as you want.

  • Kaunas, Rumsiskes & Pazaislis Monastery: Full-Day Tour

    6. Kaunas, Rumsiskes & Pazaislis Monastery: Full-Day Tour

    Your private tour will start from Vilnius, where you and your group will first head to the open-air museum in Rumsiskes, a Lithuanian country-life museum with open-air expositions. Here you can explore dwelling houses and economic buildings, from different regions in Lithuania.  After lunch, the tour continues to Kaunas, the second largest town in Lithuania, and the temporal capital of the country between the first and second world wars. The oldest part of Kaunas city is the Old Town, located to the east where the Nemunas and Neris rivers join. During the tour, you will visit most of the sites in the Old Town, including Kaunas Castle, St. George Church, Town Hall Square, the Jewish Quarter, and the Cathedral.  The tour will finish at Pazaislis Monastery -a unique baroque monument, considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of mature baroque in Northern and Eastern Europe, and ...

    Martynas was a great guide and translated a lot of information for us at Rumsiskes. We really enjoyed the day! Incredible monastery visit as well! Thank you!

  • 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...

    We took the tour on September 25th. The guide was really nice and gave us a lot of info as well as tips. The trip was worth it and he really adapted the rythme to us.

  • Vilnius: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Trakai

    8. 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...

    Our tour guide (Agnes) was absolutely amazing! She was super nice and knowledgeable about the history of Trakai. She provided a very delightful tour that I would recommend to anyone Vilnius.

  • 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.

    Exsile was a wonderful guide and took us to several places that we never would have found on our own. Thank you!

  • 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 300 reviews

A great way of exploring Vilnius and finding the hidden gems (even for the local people). Our guide Ugne was full of knowledge about the city and its history. We had an amazing time!

We took the tour on September 25th. The guide was really nice and gave us a lot of info as well as tips. The trip was worth it and he really adapted the rythme to us.

Very informative and interesting tour, we've visited places that we would never visit alone. Thank you, Ugnė!

Our guide was really nice, funny and was making sure all the time that we are okay and we have what we need.

Everything was perfectly organized and we had the opportunity to learn every detail as regards the sights!