Aukstaitija kayaking trip 8 days (5 Days Self-Guided)
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Aukstaitija kayaking trip 8 days (5 Days Self-Guided)

  • 8 days
  • AUKŠTAITIJA, Lithuania
  • April – September

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Welcome to Vilnius. Check into the hotel.

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

DAY 2: DISCOVER VILNIUS

Spend the morning on a guided walking tour of the Old Town, the medieval heart of Vilnius. The highlight of Vilnius is the Cathedral Square. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1783. It is Lithuania’s premier Roman-Catholic church. Moreover, its mausoleum is the final resting place for some notable figures throughout the history, including grand dukes of Lithuania and even King Alexander of Poland.

On the tour you will see the Gediminas Tower, the 15th-century St. Anne’s Church, Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Baltics, the Gate of Dawn, and the city’s medieval defensive fortification, built around a chapel that remains a major catholic pilgrimage site in Lithuania.  Free time in the evening.

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

DAY 3: VILNIUS – TRAKAI (PADDALING DISTANCE APPROX. 11 KM) – GINUCIAI (DRIVE TO AUKSTAITIJA NATIONAL PARK APPROX. 140 KM)

After breakfast, drive to Trakai. Join a guided kayak tour on the Lake Galve. The tour will bring you around the medieval Trakai Castle, the landmark of the area. Afterwards you will visit this impressive gothic fortification, built in the second half of the 14th century out of red brick and stone. Next, continue to Aukstaitija National Park and stay at the rural guest house in Ginuciai.

Overnight: double room in Ginuciai Watermill guesthouse or similar.

DAY 4: RIVER BUKA – GINUCIAI (PADDALING 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: double room in Ginuciai Watermill guesthouse or similar.

DAY 5: GINUCIAI – PALUSE (PADDALING DISTANCE APPROX. 18km)

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

Overnight: double room in Karolio guesthouse or similar.

DAY 6: MEIRONYS – KALTANENAI (PADDALING DISTANCE APPROX. 16 KM)

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

Overnight: guesthouse Zeimenos vingis or similar.

DAY 7: KALTENENAI – SVENCIONELIAI – VILNIUS (PADDALING DISTANCE APPROX. 18 KM)

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

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

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Check out from the hotel and Departure from Vilnius.

Highlights

  • Kayaking on remote lakes and rivers of Aukštaitija National Park
  • Guided kayak tour in Trakai National Park
  • Trakai Island Castle
  • Ladakalnis hill with a panoramic view over 6 lakes
  • Iconic wooden church of Palūšė
  • Guided tour in Vilnius Old Town
  • Accommodation in traditional homesteads and guesthouses

*Note:

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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Private tour price

Double occupancy and tandem kayak:

  • 2 persons traveling is 650 EUR per person
  • 4 persons traveling is 550 EUR per person
  • 6 persons traveling is 500 EUR per person

Single room supplement: €300,00/per person

Single kayak supplement: €60,00/per person

Included
  • Double kayak with all necessary equipment (paddles, dry bags, safety gear);
  • 3 night in Vilnius Downtown Forest Hostel & Camping;
  • 2 nights in the double room Ginčunai Watermill guesthouse or similar;
  • 1 night in Karolio guesthouse or similar;
  • 1 night in Žeimenos vingis guesthouse or similar;
  • Transfer Vilnius – Trakai – Aukštaitija National Park – Vilnius;
  • Guided tour in Vilnius Old town;
  • Guided Kayaking tour in Trakai;
  • For day 4. Kayaking trip transport to the start.
Not included
  • Any meals;
  • GPS navigation device.
Before the self-guided tour
  • Buy food, water and snacks for personal usage for 5 days before arriving in the Aukštaitija National Park.
  • Take with you comfortable boots, rain jacket and extra socks.
Physical rate from 1 to 10

5

Level of difficulty

The currents in the rivers and lakes are slow and safe to kayak without any previous experience.

Season

From April to September.

Bookings

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

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