Hike Dubysa river valley, Lithuania's Forest Trail
Long disatnce hiking tour (Self-guided)

Baltic trails Dubysa river

  • 8 days
  • ~141km
  • Dubysa river valley

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN VILNIUS OR KAUNAS

Start your journey on the Baltic trails and hike Dubysa river, arrive in Vilnius in Kaunas airport. Optional transfer from the airport. Check in the hotel. Optional dinner in the hotel.

Hiking distance: 0 km

Overnight: hotel in Kaunas or Vilnius

DAY 2: DUBYSA RIVER VALLEY, DENGTILTIS – AUKSTISKIAI

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

Overnight: Guest house in Aukštiškiai 

Meals included: Breakfast

Meal options:  Dinner pre order in the accommodation

DAY 3: DUBYSA RIVER VALLEY, AUKSTISKIAI  – TYTUVENAI – SILUVA 

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.

Overnight: Šiluva parish house 

Hiking distance: 18 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Meal options: Dinner pre order in the accommodation

DAY 4: DUBYSA RIVER VALLEY, SILUVA – 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 neighborhood 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.

Overnight:  homestead ,,Tverijoniske“ in Kaulakai

Hiking distance: 28 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Meal options: Dinner pre order in the accommodation

DAY 5: DUBYSA RIVER VALLEY, KAULAKIAI – KIRKSNOVE 

From Kaulakiai the Forest trail is winding along the bends of the Dubysa river, where floodplain meadows change from time to time. forest massifs and small villages. In some places there are 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. 

Overnight: Guest house in Kirkšnovė

Hiking distance: 25 km

Meals included: Breakfast

Meal options: Dinner pre order in the accommodation

DAY 6: DUBYSA RIVER VALLEY, KIRKSNOVE – 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

Overnight: Guest house in Padubysys 

Meals included: Breakfast

Meal options:Dinner pre order in the accommodation

DAY 7: 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

Overnight: hotel in Kaunas

Meals included: breakfast

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM KAUNAS OR VILNIUS

Departure from Vilnius or Kaunas airport. Optional transfer to the airport.

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Season

From May to October

Price

Starting from Kaunas:

2 persons traveling – 530.00 EUR p.p.

3 persons traveling – 530.00 EUR p.p.

4 persons and more traveling – 490.00 EUR p.p.

Starting from Vilnius:

2 persons traveling – 630.00 EUR p.p.

3 persons traveling – 605.00 EUR p.p.

4 persons traveling – 540.00 EUR p.p.

5 persons traveling – 535.00 EUR p.p.

6 persons and more traveling – 495.00 EUR p.p.

Included
  • 2 overnight in Kaunas or Vilnius at 3 star in centrally located hotels with buffet breakfast;
  • 5 overnights in a guest house per program;
  • GPX file of the Forest Trail “Along the banks of the Dubysa river valley”part;
  • Transfer from Kaunas or VIlnius to Dengtiltis;
  • Transfer from Vilkija to Kaunas;
  • The details and contacts of the pre booked accommodations.
Not included
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Water
  • Any hiking gear
Optional
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel – 55 EUR (1 – 3 persons);
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport – 55 EUR (1 – 3 persons);
  • 7 x Luggage service to the next accommodation – 550 EUR (2 – 6 persons) .
What to bring with you
  • Every day at least 2 l water per person as a minimum 
  • Snacks and lunch for breaks and picnic
How to dress

Please, dress according to the weather forecast! Due to very changeable weather, layering is key to enjoying the hike, and rain protection is a must-have. Any comfortable shoes or hiking boots are good enough for this hike.

Level of difficulty

Long distance hike that requires endurance for walking hours and hours at steady pace. On the trail are a few steep climbs. Most of the walking time will be on small footpaths through the woods and countryside roads.

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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!)
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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.
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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.
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Sa Si
2022-02-15
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2022-01-24
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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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