Aukstaitija national park self-guided kayaking trip
Self-guided tour

Aukstaitija kayaking trip

  • 7 days
  • AUKŠTAITIJA, Lithuania
  • April – September

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vilnius. Check into the hotel. For your comfort you can choose a optional private transfer from the airport, guided tour of Vilnius Old Town or a guided kayaking tour in Trakai.

Overnight: double room in Vilnius Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping or similar.

DAY 2: VILNIUS – GINUČIAI (NO PADDLING)

After breakfast, an optional Vilnius walking tour or Trakai kayaking tour.  In the afternoon transfer to Aukštaitija National Park and stay at the rural guest house in Ginučiai.

Overnight: double room in Ginučiai, Gaideliu guesthouse or similar.

DAY 3: RIVER BŪKA – GINUČIAI (PADDLING DISTANCE APPROX. 20 KM)

Start the self-guided tour on the River Būka. It is one of the most picturesque rivers in Aukštaitija National Park. You will pass some remote traditional villages and enjoy the tranquility of the lush woods. Find an inner pond located on one little island of Lake Baluošas before you reach Ginučiai. In the afternoon stop paddling at the Ginučiai watermill and return back to your guesthouse.

Overnight: Ginučiai, Gaideliu guesthouse or similar.

DAY 4: GINUČIAI – PALŪŠE (PADDLING DISTANCE APPROX. 18 KM)

In the morning from Ginučiai paddle through the heart of Aukštaitija National Park and enjoy the journey through several chain lakes. On the way climb the ancient Ginučiai hillfort and enjoy the view over 6 lakes from Ladakalnis hill. Late afternoon you arrive in Palūšė and at the guesthouse. Explore the surroundings of the nearby village Palūšė. Visit the iconic wooden church of Palūšė from the early 18th century.

Overnight: Palūše, Karolio guesthouse or similar.

DAY 5: PALŪŠE – KALTANENAI (PADDLING DISTANCE APPROX. 16 KM)

In the morning start paddling from Meironys. Explore picturesque lakes Lūšiai, Šakarvai and Žeimenys. Enter the Žeimena river and see the picturesque peninsula where Kaltanėnai is located. Paddle to the guesthouse Žeimenos vingis that is right next to the Žeimena river in Kaltanėnai. After you have settled in, visit the Kaltanėnai village and its Manor Site with the only remaining building – granary.

Overnight: Kaltanenai, Žeimenos vingis or similar.

DAY 6: KALTANENAI – ŠVENČIONELIAI – VILNIUS (PADDLING DISTANCE APPROX. 18 KM)

Enjoy your last day of kayaking and start paddling at down one of the most popular rivers in Lithuania – Žeimena. Our guide will pick you up at the beach next to the bridge in Švenčionėliai and bring you back to Vilnius.

Overnight: double room in Vilnius Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping or similar.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE

Check out from the hotel and Departure from Vilnius. Optional private transfer from the airport.

Highlights

  • Kayaking on remote lakes and rivers of Aukštaitija National Park
  • Ladakalnis hill with a panoramic view over 6 lakes
  • Iconic wooden church of Palūšė
  • Accommodations in traditional homesteads and guesthouses

Additional Information

Grocery stores or catering facilities are within walking distance (10-15 min) from the accommodation. A kitchenette is available in each accommodation.

Purchase food, water, and snacks for personal use before reaching Aukštaitija National Park.

Recommend bringing comfortable shoes, waterproof slippers, a rain jacket, and extra socks with you.

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Private tour price

Double occupancy and tandem kayak:

  • 2 persons traveling: 620 EUR per person;
  • 4 persons traveling: 550 EUR per person;
  • 6 persons traveling: 490 EUR per person.

Single room supplement in Vilnius: €70,00/per person

Single kayak supplement: €60,00/per person

Included
  • Double kayak with all necessary equipment (paddles, dry bags, safety gear);
  • 2 nights in Vilnius Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping;
  • 2 nights in Ginčunai Gaideliu guesthouse;
  • 1 night in Karolio guesthouse or similar;
  • 1 night in Žeimenos Vingis guesthouse or similar;
  • Transfer Vilnius – Aukštaitija National Park – Vilnius.
Optional
  • Additional night in Vilnius: 40.00 EUR per night in a room;
  • Guided tour in Vilnius Old Town: 100.00 EUR per tour;
  • Guided Kayaking tour in Trakai: 120.00 EUR per person;
  • Private transfer from/to the airport: 55.00 EUR for 1-3 people in a car, 85.00 EUR for 4 – 7 people in a minivan.
Not included
  • Any meals;
  • GPS navigation device.
Level of difficulty

The currents in the rivers and lakes are slow and safe to kayak. Prior to embarking on the trip, extensive kayaking training and experience are not necessary; however, proficient swimming skills are required.

Season

From April to September.

Bookings

Bookings are on request and should be made at least three weeks before the departure date. The itinerary can be modified according to the client’s wants and needs.

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