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7 days Self Guided Kayak Trip in Lithuania

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7 days

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April - October
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7 days Self Guided Kayak Trip in Lithuania

If you are looking for an active and incredible experience, then this Kayak adventure in Lithuania is perfect for you. Aukštaitija National Park offers the most beautiful sides of Lithuanian nature. There are numerous lakes, excellent rivers perfect for kayaking, the region is one of the most pristine in Lithuania. Swimming skills are required and previous paddling experience is not necessary. Please dress accordingly to the weather conditions, wear appropriate footwear (sandals or hiking shoes depending on weather conditions would be ideal).

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If you are looking for an active and incredible experience, then this Kayak adventure in Lithuania is perfect for you. Aukštaitija National Park offers the most beautiful sides of Lithuanian nature. There are numerous lakes, excellent rivers perfect for kayaking, the region is one of the most pristine in Lithuania. Swimming skills are required and previous paddling experience is not necessary. Please dress accordingly to the weather conditions, wear appropriate footwear (sandals or hiking shoes depending on weather conditions would be ideal).

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Vilnius

Come to the Baltic nation of Lithuania, one of the undiscovered gems of Europe. Lithuania is still, surprisingly, undiscovered by many.

Arrival into Vilnius International Airport

Meet our guide in the evening for briefing and maps of the tour.

Take a guided city tour in Vilnius Old Town, the medieval heart of Vilnius.

The highlight of Vilnius is the Cathedral square. The Cathedral is consecrated in 1783 and sitting on the expansive Cathedral Square, this is Lithuania's premier Roman-Catholic church.

Moreover, its mausoleum is the final resting place of some notable figures throughout history including grand dukes of Lithuania including King Alexander of Poland. Explore the Gediminas Tower, the 15th-century St. Anne's Church and enter the Baroque gem; Vilnius University, which, having been founded in 1579, is the oldest university in the Baltics; and the Gate of Dawn, the city's medieval defensive fortification, which was built around a chapel that remains a major catholic pilgrimage site in Lithuania.

The highlight of Vilnius is the Cathedral square.

Activities

  • City Tour

Accommodation

Accommodation in centrally located guesthouse.

Day 2

Vilnius – Trakai – Ginučiai (Aukštaitija National Park).

Drive to Trakai and enjoy our classic guided kayak trip.

Explore historical sites such as Island Castle and Užutrakis Manor, feel the tranquility of Trakai National Park and its crystal clear lakes with a number of islands and try traditional Karaim cuisine for picnic lunch.

Travel to Aukštaitija in the later afternoon and stay at the rural guest house in Ginučiai.

Paddling distance approx. 11 km

Trakai National Park and its crystal clear lakes with number of islands and try traditional Karaim cuisine for picnic lunch.

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Guided Kayak Tour

Accommodation

Stay at a rural guest house in Ginučiai.

Day 3

Būka river – Ginučiai

Paddle the most picturesque river in the national park, pass some remote traditional villages and enjoy the tranquility of the lush woods.

Find an inner pond located on the little island of Lake Baluošas before you reach Ginučiai.

Take a hike on one of the trails surrounding the village and explore the area or ascend the observation tower nearby to make the most out of your day.

Paddling distance approx. 20 km.

Enjoy the tranquility of the lush woods. Find an inner pond located in on the little island of Lake Baluošas before you reach Ginučiai.

Activities

  • Kayaking

Accommodation

Rural guest house in Ginučiai.

Day 4

Ginučiai – Meironys

The waterway continues through the heart of Aukštaitija National Park.

Climb the ancient Ginučiai hillfort on the way and enjoy the view over 6 lakes from Ladakalnis hill.

Stay in a remote guesthouse in Meironys and enjoy a serene afternoon by the lake or explore the surroundings and nearby villages on marked hiking trails.

Paddling distance approx. 18km.

Climb the ancient Ginučiai hillfort

Activities

  • Kayaking

Accommodation

Remote guesthouse in Meironys

Day 5

Meironys – Kaltanėnai

Explore picturesque lakes Lūšiai, Šakarvai and Žeimenys.

No visit to Aukštatija will be complete without seeing the iconic wooden church of Palūšė from the early 18th century.

Stay at the comfortable guesthouse in Kaltanėnai, right at the start of Žeimena river.

Paddling distance approx. 16 km

No visit to Aukštatija will be complete without seeing the iconic wooden church of Palūšė from the early 18th century.

Activities

  • Kayaking

Accommodation

Stay at the comfortable guesthouse in Kaltanėnai

Day 6

Kaltanėnai – Švenčionėliai

Enjoy your last day of kayaking while paddling down one of the most popular rivers in Lithuania – Žeimena. Surrounded by exceptionally beautiful views, it's perfect for kayaking.

Žeimena – one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania, is just one more reason to choose this pearl of Aukštaitija.

Our guide will pick you up at the bridge in Švenčionėliai and bring you back to Vilnius.

Paddling distance approx. 18 km

Žeimena – one of the cleanest rivers in Lithuania, is just one more reason to choose this pearl of Aukštaitija.

Activities

  • Kayaking

Accommodation

Hotel in Vilnius including breakfast

Day 7

Final day in Vilnius

Enjoy your final day exploring Lithuania's capital city.

Explore St Johns Church which is part of the university and definitely one of the top things to do in Vilnius if you're looking for a view. It’s the highest point in all of Vilnius, which means if you want great views, then here will have them.

Explore Poetry Street a cool street that has been dedicated to the literary gems of Lithuania, including the author of the very first Lithuania book, with only 3 copies left in the world today, one of them being housed in a museum in the city, If there is one place in Europe that does Street art well it’s Vilnius. The best known piece is that of Putin and Trump...

Vilnius is super easy to get around which makes it a great city to visit and make the most out of a full day experience.

Explore St Johns Church which is part of the university and definitely one of the top things to do in Vilnius if you're looking for a view. It’s the highest point in all of Vilnius.

Optional Activities

  • City Tour

What's Included

Accommodation

Accommodation for 6 nights as per itinerary with shower/WC

Ground Transport

Transfer Vilnius – Trakai – Aukštaitija National Park – Vilnius (includes Luggage and Kayak transportation)

Suggested Comfort

Water & snacks for personal usage Comfortable boots & rain jacket Extra socks

Flights

Flights are excluded

Meals

Breakfast where mentioned

Equipment

Tandem kayaks with rudder incl. All necessary equipment (paddles, dry bags, safety gear, spray skirts) Briefing and maps

Created by
Valdis Ceics

If you are the type of person that seeks for adventures we have the solution for you. On our Group Tours, Private Tours or Independent Tours I will bring you into nature, explore the local culture and traditions. Join my trips or come with your own adventure idea, and we will make it happen. Experience nature, explore the local culture and traditions of the Baltics. With over 7 years experience in planning, leading, and guiding tours I decided to become an entrepreneur and Travel Creator sharing my passion for the outdoors, adventure and create travel experiences that shares great emotions, knowledge, and understanding of culture and history.

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