Best of Lithuania in 7 days
Self-drive tour

Best of Lithuania in 7 days

  • Lithuania
  • April - September
  • 7 days / 6 nights

Program

DAY 1: CITY TOUR OF VILNIUS – TRAKAI KAYAK TOUR

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 and even King Alexander of Poland.

We see on the tour 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 of 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vilnius

DAY 2: FROM VILNIUS TO KAUNAS – STOP IN KERNAVE

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 takes you around the Old Town and visit 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.

After touring the town, you’ll head to your hotel and will have the evening free.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Kaunas

DAY 3: FROM KAUNAS TO NIDA – STOP IN PALANGA

In the morning you’ll leave Kaunas on a 2.5-hour drive west to the Lithuania 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Nida

DAY 4: SELF-GUIDED BIKING TOUR OF THE CURONIAN SPIT

In the morning you’ll do a self- guided bike tour from Nida to Joudkrante. On this route 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 fishes.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Nida

DAY 5: FROM NIDA TO SIAULIAI – HIKE THE LAKE PLATELIAI –  STOP AT HILL OF CROSSES

From Nida the tour continues to the Samogitia National Park in Lithuanian is called „Žemaitija” (lowlands), to do 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Siauliai

DAY 6: FFROM SIAULIAI TO VILNIUS – STOP AT NAISAI & STELMUZE

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 can spend the remaining day relaxing.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Vilnius

DAY 7: DEPARTURE FROM VILNIUS

Departure day, transfer to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Highlights

  • Tour the medieval city of Vilnius;
  • Kayaking around the Trakai Peninsula the island castle;
  • Biking tour on the Curonian Spit;
  • Hike around Plateliai Lake;
  • Visit in Stelmužė the oldest oak tree in Europe.
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Package price per person
  • EUR 739 (double occupancy)
  • EUR 350 (single supplement)
Included
  • 2 nights in Vilnius, hotel Artagonist Art hotel**** or similar, 1 night in Kaunas, Best Western Hotel**** or similar, 1 night in Nida, hotel Nido Banga*** or similar and 1 night in Siauliai, hotel Tomas*** or similar;
  • Car rental for 7 days;
  • Vilnius, Klaipeda and Kaunas walking tour;
  • Guided Kayaking tour in Trakai;
  • Self-guided bike tour of the Curonian Spit;
  • Guided Hiking tour in Semogitia National park;
  • Entrances: Vilnius University and Kaunas castle museum.
*Note

Starting from/to Vilnius airport, day 1. – 7. a VW Polo or a similar car

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Barry Toward
Barry Toward
2022-09-18
We have just spent 9 days travelling through the Baltic countries with Valdis as our guide. Although the itinerary and accommodation had been pre-arranged Valdis supported our trip brilliantly, bringing to life the individual countries with city walking tours, nature trails and visits to other sites. He is great fun, extremely knowledgable and became an integral part of our small group. His contribution to our holiday played a key part in making it a great and enjoyable experience (and he recommends good places to eat!)
Sam Paliwal
Sam Paliwal
2022-09-02
If you are looking to go to the Baltic's on an active vacation, make sure to check out Baltic Nature Travel as your travel advisor. We recently finished a 10-day self-driving tour of the Baltic's and wanted to have an active trip whilst not missing out on all the cultural highlights of the region. Valdis, the owner of Baltic Nature Travel was very responsive and organized a trip that included kayaking, long distance bicycle riding, hiking in different forests, cooking activities, cultural highlights, hot-air balloon riding, etc-- all in a matter of 10 days and customized the trip to our liking. We were very satisfied with his responsiveness to our needs and his ability to stay ahead and plan various activities appropriately. Just to give you one example of Valdis's ability to think ahead: in one of the hotels, they have very limited parking. On his own initiative, Valdis made a to call to the hotel and reserved a parking spot for us for the one night that we were going to stay at that hotel. It helped out a lot, as we had to leave very early in the morning. There are other numerous examples where he was available to answer questions and help us as necessary, both before and during the trip. He is an excellent guide, calm and collected and his team of guides around the region were quite knowledgeable and fluent. The accommodation for the trip were quite good and and they can be easily adjusted based on your budget. I highly recommend his touring company for your Baltic travel experience and would like to add that as a person he's very likable and easy-going.
Lajos Nagy
Lajos Nagy
2022-07-23
A perfect series of daily hiking tours and town walkarounds. I especially was amused by the jungle-like forests and friendly conversations along the way. Everything was perfectly planned and organized, I definitely recommend, worth thousand-times more than simply visiting cities in a rush.
Tom Demandt
Tom Demandt
2022-05-30
We had an excellent day hike with our guide Valdis. He was very friendly, very service minded and knowledgeable. The hike through Gauja National Park was really beautiful. Heartily recommend for anyone looking for an active day trip outside Riga.
Sergey Zhuravlev
Sergey Zhuravlev
2022-02-28
I enjoyed the hiking tour in the Beberbeķi-Skulte regions of Riga. The route was mainly through the forest, so this is a great opportunity to get away from the city bustle and daily routine and to spend a few hours in nature. The tour guide Valdis is very friendly and he has a lot to tell about the area. I am looking forward to the next tour and recommend joining it.
Sa Si
Sa Si
2022-02-15
I had a wonderful hiking tour trough Kemeri National Park with Baltic Nature Travel. Valdis is a very well informed and nice guide! I would totally recommend a tour with him!
aarpr
aarpr
2022-01-24
Really nice activities and tours by Valdis. Highly recommended. Definetely I will repeat soon.
Eimear Friel
Eimear Friel
2022-01-18
Thoroughly enjoyed my hike with Valdis and Solveiga. It was exactly what I hoped for. Perfect for someone looking to explore more of Latvia but nto sure where to go!
Fiona Koe
Fiona Koe
2022-01-18
Awesome hike, beautiful scenery. Valdis was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will recommend

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