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A Week in Lithuania: Vilnius, Klaipeda and the Baltic Coast

This sample 8-day (7 nights) itinerary covers Vilnius, Klaipeda and Kaunas. These three cities are the most alluring in Lithuania. At each stop on your trip you'll enjoy a warm welcome and hearty cuisine as you take in the beautiful historic architecture and unique urban atmosphere, from the port of Klaipeda to the winding cobblestone streets of Vilnius. And in each city you'll have a local guide who will show you all the most interesting sites. It's a vacation that's completely tailored to you. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers and city tours. In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers at an extra cost. Our Destination Manager in the region will provide assistance before and during your travels. They will be available to you leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will be provided with information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, restaurants, entertainment and other insider tips. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our Destination Manager throughout your trip. In all of our destinations we offer a variety of accommodation options, including boutique-style hotels, charming B&Bs and spacious apartments ranging from a three to five-star level. From our first-hand experience we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable and centrally located. We generally discourage chain hotels but provide accommodations with unique features or an authentic feel.

Itinerary


3 Nights in Vilnius

Day 1

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in Vilnius' center.

Included : Vilnius Airport Transfer

Day 2

Private Walking Tour
Today you’ll be getting in touch with the real Vilnius, with help from an expert local guide. Your guide will show you the ins and outs of the city, regaling you with stories from the past and present. You’ll learn more about Vilnius’ Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while discovering the city’s most impressive sites, including Old Town, St. Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and more. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, or can suggest areas for further exploration after your tour concludes.

Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included in your
vacation package
Optional: Soviet Vilnius and the KGB Museum
Communism is an important part of Lithuania’s history, even if it was a dark time. If you’re interested in learning more about this aspect of Lithuania’s recent past, the Genocide Victims’ Museum or KGB Museum to the locals housed in a former KGB headquarters and prison, is the place you need to see. Today we recommend exploring it, combined with a three-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main sites relevant to communism. You’ll get a better idea of what it was like to live under communism as the past comes alive for you. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.

Soviet Vilnius Tour
Soviet Vilnius Tour
Duration : 3 hours
Activity level : Light
Included : Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Day 3

History Comes Alive: A Trip to Trakai
Today you'll be visiting Trakai, one of the most impressive cities outside of Vilnius. This ancient destination is impressive to say the least, with a Gothic castle located on an island in the middle of a lake, surrounded by a lovely national park. The town itself is attractive and full of places to explore, especially the lake front, which is perfect for walking. Your local guide will pick you up from your accommodation at an agreed-upon time and drive you the approximately 30 kilometers to Trakai, where you'll enjoy a private tour of the city before you board a boat to explore the castle and the island. Construction on the castle started in the 14th century, and you can really feel the history. If you'd like to add a boat tour of the lake to your itinerary, you can agree with the guide on the day. Doing so will give you more of a chance to explore this incredible natural setting. After seeing all of the local attractions, both natural and historic, your guide will drive you back to your accommodation in Vilnius. The whole tour takes about four hours. Don't forget your camera!

Trakai Private Tour
Trakai Private Tour
Duration : 4 hours
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
vacation package
Included : Trakai Private Tour

Day 4

A full day of exploring awaits as you head off to Klaipeda. Our driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on the time of your choosing. You will enjoy a picturesque drive along the Neman River with stops at castles and churches looming over the river from the hills above which offer great panoramic views of the beautiful countryside and river below. Your driver will take you to your accommodation at the end of the journey.
Included : Vilnius - Klaipeda Private Transfer with stops along the Neman River
Vilnius

A little about Vilnius

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants and cafes.

2 Nights in Klaipeda

Day 1

Your driver will bring your directly to your accommodation.

Optional: Klaipeda Private Walking Tour

Klaipeda is a unique city that makes the perfect destination to explore on a day trip. You'll start this tour in the marina, where you'll see yachts and small boats. An experienced local guide will show you all of the most interesting sights in the city and the past will come alive for you as you learn more about the fascinating history here. You'll also have time to enjoy on your own and your guide will offer recommendations about the best places to indulge in the tasty local cuisine.

Klaipeda Private Walking Tour
Klaipeda Private Walking Tour
Duration : 2 hours
Activity level : Light

Day 2

Conquer the Curonian Spit
Today you'll be venturing with a driver guide to the Curonian Spit, a 100km sandbar stretching to Russia, whose beaches are the source of most of the world's amber. There, you will visit the scenic town of Nida, next to the tallest drifting sand dune in Europe, which provides a stunning vista of the Baltic Sea, Curonian Lagoon, and Russia. Nearby is the Hill of Witches, which features wooden statues and WWII trenches. The town itself has had an artist's colony since the 19th century, which attracted Germany's brightest, including Thomas Mann, whose house you will be able to visit, while the locals have long been known for their colorful pennants. This visit will also feature a stroll along a section of beach known for its amber. Who knows, you might find a unique souvenir!

The Curonian Spit – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Curonian Spit – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Duration : 8 hours
Activity level : Strenuous
Included in your
vacation package
Included : The Curonian Spit – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 3

Your driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on the time of your choosing. On the way you will stop with a short visit to the UNESCO site known as the Hill of Crosses.
Included : Klaipeda - Kaunas Private Transfer with Hill of Crosses
Klaipeda

A little about Klaipeda

Is an atmospheric port city that features a variety of beautiful architecture that attests to its history as a meeting place for various cultures. Here you’ll see evidence of historic influence from Prussia, and also countries farther east. The city wasn’t incorporated into Lithuania until 1945, so its past is as rich and varied as it is long. Klaipeda’s Old Town is particularly interesting, with picturesque Germanic architecture known as Fachwerk, or half-timbered. But it isn’t all past history here. Close to Old Town you’ll also find numerous bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a ferris wheel that will afford you lovely views over the Baltic and the urban landscape. You’ll definitely want to sample some of the local seafood. It doesn’t get any fresher! After exploring the city on foot, either on your own or with the help of a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll want to go farther afield. Hop aboard a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a sand dune spit that features incredible beaches. Here you can enjoy the natural landscape as well as get a taste of local history, as the Nobel-Prize-winning German writer Thomas Mann had his summer home here, which is now a venerable museum. Klaipeda is a unique destination with an atmospheric charm you’ll love exploring at your own pace.

2 Nights in Kaunas

Day 1

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Kaunas.

Day 2

Suggestion to explore on your own: Independent exploration
There’s plenty to do in Kaunas, so today we recommend exploring the city on your own. The Old Town is always worth a wander and there is some impressive architecture as well, including the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. If you’re an art lover, the National M.K. Ciurlionis Art Museum has a pretty impressive collection. The main shopping street, Liberty Boulevard, is a great place to window shop and enjoy a coffee or a drink. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the military museum. Of course, Kaunas Castle is also a must-see site.

Suggestion to explore on your own: Rumsiskes Ethnographic Museum
One of the most impressive day trips from Kaunas is Rumsiskes, the UNESCO-listed village of wooden dwellings. 20 kilometers east of Kaunas, this open-air ethnographic museum is one of Europe’s largest. The place displays the heritage of Lithuanian rural life, with 140 buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. There’s plenty to see hear and it’s also a quiet village where it’s nice to stroll around leisurely. There are several minibuses a day from Kaunas bus station to the town of Rumsiskes. From there it's about a half mile walk to the museum. More info on the museum's website: http://www.llbm.lt/eng/

Day 3

Today you will be taken to the Vilnius airport, which is only little over an hour away, for your departing flight. If your flight departs early in the morning, we can arrange for the last night in Vilnius instead.
Included : Kaunas - Vilnius Airport Private Transfer
Kaunas

A little about Kaunas

Kaunas is often referred to as a city of museums, and it’s easy to see why. History really comes alive here, with monuments and museums scattered throughout the town. The city has played a central role in numerous episodes in LIthuanian history, from even before the time it was the capital of the First Republic of Lithuania between World War I and II. Before World War II about a quarter of the city’s population was Jewish, so there’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore. That long and varied history has also brought an eclecticism to the local architecture, including the charming Old Town, the functionalist designs of New Town, Soviet-era buildings and more modern constructions. There’s so much to do in the city, from exploring the bustling streets and quaint cafes, to enjoying local gastronomy. We recommend a private tour with a local guide to see the sites and get your bearings. You’ll definitely want to ride one of the two funicular railways to get a picture-perfect view over the city. For a nice day trip you can take in Rumsiskes, a UNESCO-listed village where you’ll find historic wooden dwellings representing the entire country.

What's Included

The services included in this package are as follows:


  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Vilnius
  • Vilnius Airport Transfer
  • Vilnius Private Walking Tour
    Duration : 3 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide
    Excludes : Tip for Guide
  • Trakai Private Tour
    Duration : 4 hours
    Includes : Private Guide & Transport
    Excludes : Admission to the castle, Tip for Guide/Driver
  • Vilnius - Klaipeda Private Transfer with stops along the Neman River
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Klaipeda
  • The Curonian Spit – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Duration : 8 hours
    Includes : English-speaking guide, Transport, Ferry ticket, Lunch at a restaurant in Nida, Thomas Mann Museum
  • Klaipeda - Kaunas Private Transfer with Hill of Crosses
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Kaunas
  • Kaunas - Vilnius Airport Private Transfer
  • Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
  • On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
  • A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
  • Excursion booking advice and assistance
  • Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer


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