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Hike Along The Banks Of The Dubysa River Valley In Lithuania's Forest Trail

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May - September
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Hike Along The Banks Of The Dubysa River Valley In Lithuania's Forest Trail

The Forest Trail passes through some of the most wooded areas of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and hikers get to see most of the forest habitats and forest types that is present in the Baltic States. There are huge trees and species related to historical events and stories. The Forest Trail is a great place for animal and bird watching enthusiasts. The forest trail has Europe’s largest animal, the moose. If you are silent enough, there’s a chance you’ll see roe deer, red deer, foxes, hares, martens, otters, squirrels and hedgehogs. Footprints of wolves and lynxes will also be seen. Beavers, who cut trees and make their homes near by the water, are quite common as well. Bird watchers can hear and observe the black and white stork, lesser spotted eagle, corncrake, Eurasian pygmy owl, greenish warblers, various species of owls and woodpeckers, including the largest woodpecker in Europe, the black woodpecker, and the common kingfisher. Residents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia love wandering out in the forest to forage wild food, mostly mushrooms and wild berries such as bilberries, lingonberries and raspberries, as well as cloudberries and cranberries in marshy forests and bogs.

Description

The Forest Trail passes through some of the most wooded areas of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and hikers get to see most of the forest habitats and forest types that is present in the Baltic States. There are huge trees and species related to historical events and stories. The Forest Trail is a great place for animal and bird watching enthusiasts. The forest trail has Europe’s largest animal, the moose. If you are silent enough, there’s a chance you’ll see roe deer, red deer, foxes, hares, martens, otters, squirrels and hedgehogs. Footprints of wolves and lynxes will also be seen. Beavers, who cut trees and make their homes near by the water, are quite common as well. Bird watchers can hear and observe the black and white stork, lesser spotted eagle, corncrake, Eurasian pygmy owl, greenish warblers, various species of owls and woodpeckers, including the largest woodpecker in Europe, the black woodpecker, and the common kingfisher. Residents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia love wandering out in the forest to forage wild food, mostly mushrooms and wild berries such as bilberries, lingonberries and raspberries, as well as cloudberries and cranberries in marshy forests and bogs.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Vilnius

Arrival in Vilnius, there is an option to arrive into Kaunas airport.
Check into your hotel in the city. In Vilnius there are a wide range of things to do and it’s definitely a highlight of any trip to the Baltics. The city is the most populist is the capital of Lithuania. It’s a quaint town with a small population of half a million and extraordinarily welcoming.

Streets are cobblestoned and the city center is the largest preserved example of baroque architecture in Europe. A city full of Catholic and Orthodox churches and no matter where you are in the city you can see the ever-present Gediminas’ Tower.

Vilnius is the largest city in Lithuania and has amazing small cafes, charming shops, restaurants, art, and history to explore.

A city full of interesting activities and sights.

Hiking distance: 0 km (However a good walk around the city will add to this delightful adventure.

Streets are cobblestoned and the city center is the largest preserved example of baroque architecture in Europe.

Optional Activities

  • Transfer
  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight in Vilnius at 3 star, centrally located hotels with buffet breakfast;

Day 2

Along the banks of the Dubysa river valley, Dengtiltis – Aukštiškiai

Transfer from Kaunas to Dengtiltis where Forest trail section Dengtiltis – Aukštiškiai and start your journey.

This section of the route leads along the highlands of East Samogitia. The Forest trail bends through the landscape of agricultural lands, crosses the Šiauliai-Tauragė railway line and through the Šimša forest in the Tytuvėnai Regional Park along small forest roads and villages.

Hiking distance: 27 km

Meal options: Dinner pre order in the accommodation

The Forest trail bends through the landscape of agricultural lands, crosses the Šiauliai-Tauragė railway line

Activities

  • Hike

Optional Activities

  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight: Guest house in Aukštiškiai including Breakfast

Day 3

Along the banks of the Dubysa river valley, Aukštiškiai – Tytuvėnai – Šiluva

The Forest trail crosses the center of villages and continues as a scenic trail along the western shore of Lake Gilius.

In the northern part of the lake, it turns east along the old railway dam and a gravel country road till the destination of this section has been reached. The valley of Dubysa is one of the highest and widest in Lithuania.

Tytuvenai town, 8 km north of Siluva, is home to a 17th-18th century Bernardine monastery. The monastery also includes a still-used lavish church, a partly repaired former monk dormitory, and the Holy Stairs chapel

Hiking distance: 18 km

The valley of Dubysa is one of the highest and widest in Lithuania.

Activities

  • Hike

Optional Activities

  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight: Šiluva Parish House including breakfast

Day 4

Along the banks of the Dubysa river valley, Šiluva – Kaulakiai

The Forest trail crosses the deep Dubysa valley and throws a wide circle through the surrounding countryside and crossing the Dubysa valley again, it reaches the village of Kušeliškė.

The terrain of the neighbourhood is gradually becoming more pronounced, as it leads to the area where the Dubysa Valley alternates with the southern part of the East Samogitian Highlands.

The section of the route leads along the Dubysa Regional Park.

Hiking distance: 28 km

Meal options: Dinner pre order in the accommodation

The surrounding countryside and crossing the Dubysa valley again, it reaches the village of Kušeliškė.

Activities

  • Hike

Optional Activities

  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight: Homestead "Tverijoniske“ in Kaulakai including Breakfast

Day 5

Along the banks of the Dubysa river valley, Kaulakiai – Kirkšnovė

From Kaulakiai the Forest trail is winding along the bends of the Dubysa river, where floodplain meadows change from time to time.

With forest massifs and small villages, some places there have wide views of the high banks and castle mounds of the Dubysa Valley.

At this stage the relief of the trail moves up and down the steep slopes of the coast, providing an unusual walking experience.

Hiking distance: 25 km

With forest massifs and small villages, some places there have wide views of the high banks and castle mounds of the Dubysa Valley.

Activities

  • Hike

Optional Activities

  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight: Guest house in Kirkšnovė including breakfast

Day 6

Along the banks of the Dubysa River Valley, Kirkšnovė – Ariogala – Padubysys

Winding on the steep bank of the Dubysa Valley, the Forest trail goes through an area where extensive corn fields bloom in summer.

The trail descends into the deep Dubysa Valley and winds along small paths and quiet country roads along the bends of the river, revealing wide views of the town of Ariogala at the top of the valley.

Hiking distance: 27 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Meal options: Dinner pre order in the accommodation

The trail descends into the deep Dubysa Valley and winds along small paths and quiet country roads

Activities

  • Hike

Optional Activities

  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight: Guest house in Padubysys including breakfast

Day 7

Along the banks of the Dubysa River Valley, Padubysys – Vilkija – Kaunas

The Forest trail leads along the very bank of the Nemunas.

Turning to the right to the north, the trail crosses a small forest massif (entomological nature reserve for insect protection).

The trail moves through agricultural lands. Before the village of Lazduoniai, it crosses the deep valley of the Lazduona river.

Next the trail winds along a country road on the left bank of the Dubysa, where you can see rare farmsteads.

The river water is clear in summer, the flow is calm and it is interrupted only by the remains of the former mill dam.

In Vilkija you finish your journey and transfer to Kaunas. Check in at the hotel. Optional dinner in the hotel.

Hiking distance: 16 km

Next the trail winds along a country road on the left bank of the Dubysa, where you can see rare farmsteads.

Activities

  • Hike

Optional Activities

  • Dinner

Accommodation

Overnight: Hotel in Kaunas including breakfast

Day 8

Departure from Vilnius

Departure from Vilnius or Kaunas airport, this can be specified once trip is customised with optional transfers to the airport.

Optional Activities

  • Transfer

What's Included

Accommodation

2 overnight stays in Vilnius or Kaunas at 3 star in centrally located hotels with buffet breakfast; 5 overnights in a guest house as listed

Ground Transport

Transfer from Kaunas or VIlnius to Dengtiltis; Transfer from Vilkija to Kaunas;

Flights

Flights are excluded - Option to fly into Vilnius or Kaunas

Meals

Breakfast where specified in your trip listing

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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