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Best of Lithuania Road Trip

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From $1,676/pp

Lithuania

Trip Length

7 days

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April - September
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Best of Lithuania Road Trip

Come to the Baltic nation of Lithuania, one of the undiscovered gems of Europe. In just seven days you can experience the highlights, from exploring the medieval streets of the capital of Vilnius to visiting the ancient castles dotting the countryside. Moreover, you'll embark on adventurous activities, like hiking, biking and kayaking. If you are a adventure seeker and nature lover, this road trip is for you. A balanced self drive adventure and local creators showing you the very best of Lithuania. Once the biggest country in Europe – back in the 14th Century – Lithuania is still, surprisingly, undiscovered by many.

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Come to the Baltic nation of Lithuania, one of the undiscovered gems of Europe. In just seven days you can experience the highlights, from exploring the medieval streets of the capital of Vilnius to visiting the ancient castles dotting the countryside. Moreover, you'll embark on adventurous activities, like hiking, biking and kayaking. If you are a adventure seeker and nature lover, this road trip is for you. A balanced self drive adventure and local creators showing you the very best of Lithuania. Once the biggest country in Europe – back in the 14th Century – Lithuania is still, surprisingly, undiscovered by many.

Itinerary

Day 1

Explore the City & get active

Welcome to the capital of Lithuania!

Spend the morning on a guided walking tour of 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.

Afterward, you'll head west. A half-hour from Vilnius is the town of Trakai. Here do a guided kayak tour around the medieval Trakai Castle, the star landmark of the area. Afterwards you'll visit this handsome fortification, which was built in the latter half of the 14th century out of red brick and stone and is done in the Gothic style.

Kayak around the Medieval Trakai Castle

Activities

  • Walking Tour
  • Kayaking

Accommodation

4* Hotel in Vilnius including breakfast

Day 2

Road Trip from Vilnius to Kaunas

After breakfast, drive from Vilnius to Kaunas. En route, you'll stop in the village Kernavė, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the 13th century when it was the medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

The area is also an archaeological site, as here there are ruins of ancient human settlements dating back to 9000 BCE.

After visiting Kernavė, you'll continue on to Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania.

Upon arrival, a guided walking tour with our local insider, who takes you around the Old Town and visiting landmarks like Town Hall Square and the House of Perkūnas, a Gothic merchant house that dates to the 15th century.

You'll of course also visit Kaunas Castle, a Gothic fortress built on a hill overlooking the Nemunas River and which dates to the middle of the 14th century.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Activities

  • Walking Tour

Accommodation

4* Hotel including breakfast

Day 3

Let's get closer to the Baltic sea

In the morning you'll leave Kaunas on a 2.5-hour drive west to the Lithuanian coast and Palanga, Lithuania´s most popular seaside resort town. Besides its wide beaches, you will visit Palanga Amber Museum. Located in a 19th-century palace, it features a collection of about 28,000 amber pieces, many of which contain insects, spiders, and plants.

Afterward, you'll continue to Klaipe to do a guided walking tour in the port city Klaipėda. Before the check in you'll embark on the Klaipeda sightseeing tour. It begins in Klaipėda's Old Town, known for its old cobblestone streets lined with medieval guild houses.

You'll then visit landmarks like Theatre Square and the Ann from Tharau Fountain, which is dedicated to Simon Dach, a famous German poet born in Klaipėda and which features a sculpture of his muse, Ann.

Afterward you'll take a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a long, thin sand spit that runs 62 miles (100 km) between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon.

Dotting this narrow strip of land are sleepy fishing villages, isolated pine forests, and endless sand dunes.

Ferry to the Curonian Spit

Activities

  • Walking Tour
  • Sightseeing

Accommodation

4* Hotel including breakfast

Day 4

Self-guided biking tour of the Curonian Spit

Let's get active today with a self- guided bike tour from Nida to Joudkrante. On this route you will see several dunes and visit the Hill of Witches, located at the lagoon side village of Juodkrantė.

Despite the spooky name, this landmark is actually a collection of wooden sculptures atop a forested sand dune.

There are over 80 sculptures here done by local artists that depict themes of paganism and Lithuanian folklore.

After that, you'll return back to Nida to stroll around the town, enjoy local fish restaurants, and try different kinds of smoked fish.

Meet Local Wooden Sculpting Artists

Activities

  • Self Guided Biking

Accommodation

4* Hotel including accommodation

Day 5

Hike the Lake Plateliai in Samagitia National park

From Nida the tour continues to the Samogitia National Park in Lithuanian called, Žemaitija” (lowlands) to experience a guided hiking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai and Lithuania’s marshlands.

After that you'll head east to Siauliai. Just north of this city lies the Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest Catholic sites in Lithuania.

Pilgrims have been leaving crosses on this small rural hill since 1830 when the site was a pivotal landmark in Lithuania's resistance against Russian aggressors.

In the intervening years, the arrival of pilgrims has been so regular that today the hill has over 100,000 crosses, crucifixes, and statues of the Virgin Mary. After touring the Hill of Crosses, you'll return to town and check into your hotel.

Hill of Crosses with over 100,000 crosses, crucifixes, and statues

Activities

  • Guided Hiking Tour

Accommodation

4* Hotel including breakfast

Day 6

Visiting Historic Villages

In the morning, you'll leave Siauliai and return to Vilnius. On the way, you'll stop at a couple of historic villages.

The first, Naisiai, has a famous public park featuring wooden sculptures of Lithuanian pagan gods. There are trails here that you can hike and which afford great views of the artwork and surrounding nature.

The next village you'll visit Stelmuze, which is the home of the oldest oak tree in Europe. There are many ancient legends regarding this tree, one of which being that there is treasure buried under its roots.

Another is that the tree is actually hollow, and you can enter it and descend to the underworld.

After touring the area, you'll continue on to Vilnius where you'll check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace.

Lithuanian Pagan Gods

Accommodation

4* Hotel including breakfast

Day 7

Enjoy Vilnius

Enjoy your final day in Vilnius which is surrounded by lush green forests, hills and valleys, and has rivers winding right through the middle of the City. Places you should definitely see include Vilnius Cathedral, Vilnius University, Gediminas Tower (with spectacular views from the top), Pilies Street, lovely Literatu Street, Bernardine ensemble, and the bohemian Uzupis district. The best of Vilnius is in the Old Town. You’ll see a blend of modern and medieval architecture here. The city centre is relatively flat so wandering the streets is easy to navigate on foot. Start at Vilnius Cathedral. The impressive Roman Catholic cathedral stands on an old pagan temple site. Out the front, the Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral casts an imposing figure over Gedimino pr., one of the main thoroughfares of the city. Depart Vilnius and head to the airport for car hire drop off and your onward journey.

You’ll see a blend of modern and medieval architecture here.

What's Included

Meals

Breakfast included

Flights

Optional and can be arranged with your Travel Creator

Ferry

Ferry to the Curonian Spit

Excluded

Fuel for the car● Safety deposit for the rental cars; ● Parking fees● Entrances fees and tickets.

Ground Transport

7 days Car Hire pick up and drop off from Vilnius International Airport

Accommodation

6 nights accommodation in a Double or Twin room

Museum Entrance

Vilnius University, Kernave archaeological museum, Kaunas castle museum, Palanga Amber Museum tickets are all included

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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