Best of Lithuania in 10 days
Private tour

Best of Lithuania

  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • Lithuania
  • Vilnius – Trakai – Kaunas – Palanga – Klaipeda – Curonian Spit – Naisiai – Siauliai – Pakruojis – Aukstaitija National Park – Labanoras Regional Park – Kernave – Vilnius

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN VILNIUS

Welcome to Lithuania! Arrival in Vilnius. Check in to the hotel.

Overnight: Vilnius

DAY 2: VILNIUS

Vilnius is a lively and vibrant Baltic capital that is especially famous for its sophisticated baroque architecture. The city offers a great contrast – the Old Town charms you with wonderful gothic, renaissance, baroque, and neoclassical architecture gems while other parts of the city are known for a buzzing alternative culture scene. Lithuania is very proud of its history as the Grand Duchy, and many cultural monuments in Vilnius still speak of those times, for example, Gediminas Tower, a very distinctive landmark of Vilnius that offers a wonderful panorama of the Old Town. Another important monument is Vilnius Cathedral, an impressive neoclassical building that once served as the coronation place of the Grand Dukes, but today is the main Catholic cathedral in Lithuania. Join the guided walking tour and discover the most beautiful places in Vilnius Old Town.

Around lunchtime, join the Cepelinai Culinary Master Class. Cepelinai, potato dumplings filled with meat and onions, is the most popular traditional dish in Lithuania. You will have a unique opportunity to make cepelinai with your own hands and dive deep into Lithuanian food culture.

Later you will have an opportunity to enjoy some free time. Right next to the Old Town lies the self-declared artists’ republic Uzupis, a very charming bohemian district with its own “constitution”, “president”, “flag” and even “money”. Uzupis is full of art pieces on the streets and secret artists’ yards, and it offers many exciting discoveries that reveal themselves only to the most attentive observers. Go for a leisurely walk around the Uzupis, sit at a cafe, and enjoy the creative atmosphere of the artists’ republic.

Overnight: Vilnius

DAY 3: VILNIUS – TRAKAI – KAUNAS

In the morning, you will go to Trakai and visit Trakai Island Castle, one of the main tourist attractions in the country and the symbol of Lithuanian statehood. Being built on an island on Lake Galve, one of the deepest lakes in Lithuania, the red brick medieval castle looks just like out of a fairytale. Trakai Island Castle used to be a residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and you will learn more about them by visiting the Trakai History Museum located in the castle.

Later you will go to Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania. Kaunas is famous for its Interwar architecture, mostly Art Deco, and amazing pieces of street art, but it also has a lovely Old Town. Join the guided walking tour and see the most beautiful landmarks of Kaunas, such as the Town Hall Square, the 15th-century House of Perkunas, and the 14th-century Kaunas Castle, a gothic fortress built on the hill overlooking the confluence of the Neris River and the Nemunas River. During the tour, you will take the Aleksotas Funicular which has been operating since 1935. The funicular will bring you up to Aleksotas Hill, a wonderful viewing platform, offering the best panorama of Kaunas.

Overnight: Kaunas

DAY 4: KAUNAS – PALANGA – KLAIPEDA

In the morning, you will leave Kaunas and go to Palanga, the most popular seaside resort in Lithuania that is often called the Summer Capital of Lithuania. The most known symbol of Palanga is the Palanga Pier, an L-shaped pier that stretches into the sea for 470 meters. Already at the end of the 19th century, the pier was dedicated for the use of pedestrians only. Today, it is the most popular place for watching the sunset, going for romantic walks, and having a panorama of the beach. Palanga is famous for its Amber Museum, located in a magnificent 19th-century palace in the center of Birute Park. The museum has one of the biggest collections of amber in the world, consisting of about 30 thousand exhibits. You will have a chance to visit the museum and explore the mysterious and beautiful world of ambers.

Afterward, you will go to Klaipeda, a lively and colorful port town full of fishing boats, yachts, and ships. Klaipeda has a very distinctive architectural style strongly influenced by Germans, and that makes Klaipeda very different from any other Lithuanian city. Join the guided walking tour in Klaipeda Old Town and fall in love with cozy architecture, cobblestone streets, and countless sculptures that hide in the most unexpected places: on the rooftops, on the street corners, and the walls. Later enjoy the promenade along the Dane River. It is a lovely place for leisurely walks that offers a romantic port-town atmosphere with sailing boats in the river, countless cafes and restaurants, and old warehouses standing on the shores.

Overnight: Klaipeda

DAY 5: KLAIPEDA – CURONIAN SPIT

In the morning, you will take a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a long and narrow sandspit stretching for almost a hundred kilometers between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The Curonian Spit offers a unique and diverse natural and cultural landscape: magnificent sand dunes, peaceful fishermen’s villages with lovely wooden architecture, vast pine forests, and endless beaches.

At first, you will stop at Juodkrante, a lovely fishermen’s village with beautiful wooden villas and a promenade. The village is known for the Hill of Witches, one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Curonian Spit where countless wooden sculptures allow you to familiarise yourself with Lithuanian mythology. Not far from Juodkrante, you will see another tourist attraction with a spooky atmosphere – the Grey Heron and Cormorant Colony.

On the way to Nida, you will stop by a truly wonderful place for discovering the magical charm of dunes – Nagliai Nature Reserve and its dead dunes that once buried several villages under sand. Later you will visit Nida, another lovely fishermen’s village with colorful architecture, traditional weather vanes, and a wonderful promenade. Not far from it, you will visit one of the most spectacular places on the Curonian Spit – Parnidis Dune. Enjoy the vastness and the desert-like scenery.

Overnight: Nida

DAY 6: CURONIAN SPIT

Free day in Nida. Spend this day on your own and enjoy the magical beauty of the Curonian Spit. Go for leisurely walks around Nida and explore its lovely architecture, peek inside the Fishermen’s Ethnographic Homestead, discover the surprising world of ambers at Mizgiris Amber Museum, or take a look at the Curonian Spit from the heights of Nida Lighthouse. If you are interested in literature, pay a visit to the summer house of the world-famous writer Thomas Mann. When you feel hungry, look for some smoked fish and enjoy the local flavor.

If you feel like going for a longer walk, you can follow a path and return to Parnidis Dune to enjoy its sandy views by walking on the dune, or choose one of the hiking routes and explore different villages, dunes, forests, and capes. It is also very fun to discover the Curonian Spit by renting a bike and covering even greater distances. If you feel like relaxing – enjoy the day on the beach.

Overnight: Nida

DAY 7: CURONIAN SPIT – HILL OF CROSSES – NAISIAI – SIAULIAI

After taking a ferry back to Klaipeda, you will continue your trip to the Hill of Crosses, one of the most sacred Christian pilgrimage sites in Lithuania. It is believed that people have been leaving crosses of different sizes on this hill since the 1830s. In some historical periods, this activity was perceived as a resistance against the regime, but generally, the Hill of Crosses serves as a place for hope. If you want to leave a cross on the hill, but you don’t have one, don’t worry – people often create symbolical crosses from whatever they can find around, little branches, grass, or tiny stones.

Later, you will visit another unique place – Naisiai Baltic God Park. This is an open-air museum that educates about ancient Baltic religion and pagan ways of understanding the world around us. Stroll around the park, enjoy wooden sculptures depicting different Baltic gods and deities, and explore the ancient Baltic worldview.

Then it will be time to discover Siauliai. You will see the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, a renaissance architectural monument, shining bright white already from far away. The best place to feel the real essence of Siauliai is Siauliai Boulevard, the pedestrian part of Vilniaus Street that is often called the Heart of Siauliai. Go for a leisurely walk along the boulevard and enjoy its charm: various sculptures, buildings from different centuries, tiny stores, cozy cafes, and restaurants create a very lively atmosphere.

Overnight: Siauliai

DAY 8: SIAULIAI – PAKRUOJIS – AUKSTAITIJA NATIONAL PARK

You will start your day by going to Pakruojis Manor, one of the biggest, most impressive, and most beautiful manors in the Baltic States that is especially famous for its Flower Festival which takes place every summer. The manor offers time travel back to the 19th century by strolling around its splendid interiors and wonderful garden, exploring the curiosity room and clock room, peeking into the beer brewery and distillery, as well as visiting a fortune teller.

Later you will visit the Aukstaitija National Park, the oldest national park in Lithuania rich with charming lakes and hills. This national park offers to see rural architecture and explore local farmers’ lifestyle by visiting tiny ethnographic villages. You will also stop by Paluse St. Joseph’s Church, a very unique wooden church built without any iron nails. Later you will visit Ginuciai Watermill, one of the symbols of Aukstaitija National Park. There are six watermills in the national park, but only Ginucia Watermill has preserved the authentic equipment. If you are brave enough and are looking for some adrenaline-filled refreshment, you can swim right under the strong current of the river rushing through the dam.

Overnight: Aukstaitija National Park

DAY 9: AUKSTAITIJA NATIONAL PARK – LABANORAS REGIONAL PARK – KERNAVE – VILNIUS

In the morning, you will go to Labanoras Regional Park, the largest regional park in Lithuania. Labanoras region is famous for picturesque landscapes with lakes and forests. One of the best places to enjoy a great view of the surroundings is Mindunai Observation Tower. It is the second tallest observation tower in Lithuania and looks like a tree growing towards the sky. The tower offers a wonderful panorama of endless pine tree forests, Baltieji Lakajai Lake, and several peninsulas and islands.

Later you will go to Kernave where the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania once stood. Today, the Kernave Archaeological Site is a great place for exploring Lithuanian history starting from the late Paleolithic Period to the Middle Ages. In Kernave, you will see the remains of five picturesque hillforts, a reconstructed 13th – 14th-century settlement, as well as interactive expositions at the Kernave Archaeological Site Museum.

In the late afternoon, you will return to Vilnius. Enjoy your evening in the beautiful capital of Lithuania.

Overnight: Vilnius

DAY 10: DEPARTURE FROM VILNIUS

Departure day. Check out from the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

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Price in double occupancy

In 4-star hotels:

  • 2 people traveling: 2370 EUR per person
  • 4 people traveling: 1510 EUR per person
  • 6 people traveling: 1220 EUR per person
  • 8 people traveling: 1080 EUR per person

In 3-star hotels:

  • 2 people traveling: 2180 EUR per person
  • 4 people traveling: 1320 EUR per person
  • 6 people traveling: 1030 EUR per person
  • 8 people traveling: 890 EUR per person

Single supplement

Single room supplement: 430 EUR

Services included

  • Accommodation in centrally located hotels with breakfast
  • English-speaking driver and tour leader throughout the program
  • Transportation in a private car or minivan per program
  • Walking tours in Vilnius, Trakai, Kaunas and Klaipeda
  • Curonian Spit sightseeing tour
  • Cepelinas Culinary Master Class
  • Entrance tickets for Trakai Island Castle, Palanga Amber Museum, Nagliai Nature Reserve, Pakruojis Manor, Kernave Archeological Site Museum
  • Gediminas Hill Funicular and Aleksotas Hill Funicular
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Paul Green
Paul Green
2024-07-12
Anna Brish was a fantastic tour guide for understanding Jewish history and culture in Vilnius. She was friendly, deeply knowledgeable, eager to answer our questions and accommodate our specific interests. Anna does other tours and we would take any of them, she’s amazing!
James Cornez
James Cornez
2024-07-11
Myself and my best friend came across this company whilst researching options to travel in Latvia and we are very pleased we did. Valdis was very amenable during the planning process by arranging video calls with both of us so we could better understand what was on offer for us to do. He compiled an 8 day itinerary for us that did not disappoint starting in Riga for 2 days. We paid for an optional 3hr walking tour which was very worthwhile to see the main sites of the city. Janis took us on the tour who is a great guy that gives you plenty of interesting information, ready to answer any questions regarding Latvian history/culture. We chose the self driving option to see as much of Latvia as possible which I would definitely recommend if you want to have more than just a city break. It took us to varied places ranging from the heavily forested and pretty areas of Sigulda (where we did a fun kayaking tour on the Gauja river) and Cesis to the pleasant coastal cities of Liepaja and Ventspills. Overall, definitely the company to approach if you want to authentically explore Latvia!
Esther A
Esther A
2024-06-21
Valdis and his team helped us to organise a guided 16 day trip across Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Helsinki. We had a very enjoyable experience! Coming from Singapore and not knowing Valdis beforehand, we were initially worried about language and logistical challenges. All these were unfounded as Valdis and his guides were not only knowledgeable but also responsive, helpful and flexible. We had some minor hiccups during the trip but Valdis was able to resolve them very promptly. I would highly recommend engaging Valdis for your next trip!
Annette Ihrman
Annette Ihrman
2024-06-16
The tour was very versatile and a good addition to our trip to Riga. We can recommend it!
K G
K G
2024-04-06
I joined Valdis for Gauja national park tour and experience breathtaking views, beautiful cave, Plus the experience to see the inside of luge and skeleton track. It’s an unforgettable experience to see something outside the Riga! Highly recommended!!!
Carmen Daams
Carmen Daams
2023-09-22
I took the Kuldiga trip with Valdis. The experience was amazing. The entire day was great. He is a great guide, and knows a lot of interesting information. He would definitely make your whole experience even better. Kuldiga is such a captivating city, very unique with a very special style and soul. If you are visiting Latvia, don't hesitate to take this trip, it is a "must".
Stanley Wallerstein
Stanley Wallerstein
2023-08-29
Great Tour and great guide. Baltic Nature Travel is excellent.
Maria M Andrade
Maria M Andrade
2023-08-28
Valdis organized an absolutely wonderful 10 day trip to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania trip for my sister, a friend, and myself. He arranged all details including our private chofer and tour guide up the last detail. He went far and beyond when he knew I had an accident in Estonia. We met him Latvia and he make us feel welcome. He recommended the most amazing restaurants for us and he took care of my doctor needs where he was the interpreter. In every country we had the best guys one can possibly ask for. All hotels were walking distance from city centre. Thank you Valdis we will always remembered this trip!!!!
Sarah Daniels
Sarah Daniels
2023-08-21
Thank you, Valdis, for helping my family have a wonderful two week trip to the Baltics! Your advice and recommendations were very helpful, and our tour guides in 4 different cities were each outstanding! I highly recommend a vacation in the beautiful and fascinating Baltics, and I highly recommend using Valdis to help you plan it.
Rita Derencius
Rita Derencius
2023-08-09
Tours and tour guides, Tomas and Mindaugas, exceeded my expectations. We were able to curate our tour of Lithuania. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and adapted the tour based on our input. Valdis was responsive and easy to work with. Extremely happy we chose to have private tour guides. Best trip ever!

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