Get the feel of Lithuania’s nature, enjoy tranquility, and experience the country’s past history in the ambience of woods, beautiful scenery, rural architecture where nature and architecture complement each other perfectly. East and South Lithuania is famous for its lakes and untamed, natural forests, authentic villages, impressive Lithuanian history and friendly local people.
Day 1: After your arrival to Vilnius and arranging your hotel accommodation; the afternoon city tour shows the major attractions of the Old Town: Vilnius Cathedral, St. Anne’s Church, Gate of Dawn with its miraculous icon of The Virgin Mary, Vilnius University, and a private Amber Gallery.
Day 2: A day trip to the Aukstaitija National Park located in the north east of Vilnius is a region of lakes, forests and rich wildlife. Visit the 19th century wooden church, ancient ethnographic village of Suminai, a unique bee-keeping museum, enjoy a lovely view of the countryside from Ladakalnis Hill.
Day 3: Today’s sightseeing shows two ancient capitals of Lithuania. First we drive to Trakai, a picturesque lake region 28 km from Vilnius and visit the 15th century red brick Castle on an island, once a residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes.
In the afternoon we continue on to Kernave, an ancient settlement of our forefathers testifying to the country’s 13th-14th century history, now an archeological and historical reserve located in the scenic Pajauta Valley known among the locals as “Lithuanian Troy”. An impressive landscape, rich history, valuable archaeological treasures have put Kernave Archaeological Site on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.
Day 4: Leave for Druskininkai, 140 km south of Vilnius, famous for its traditional old style sanatorium treatments, wonderful nature, fragrant climate and calm relaxing aura. After you check-in to your hotel, we take a tour of the town visiting the neo-gothic Church of the Virgin Mary of the Scapular, Ciurlionis Memorial Museum, and the unique Grutas Park, in which pompous statues of former Soviet revolutionaries and political leaders, once dominated the squares of Lithuanian towns and villages, have found their final resting place after being removed more than 10 years ago.
Day 5: A whole day in Dzukija National Park, one of the largest parks in Lithuania. Zackagiris (Zacka Forest) nature path winds through a picturesque area embracing ethnographic villages, Zervynos and Mancagire, which have preserved many unique examples of traditional architecture, landscape reserves, wind-swept sand dunes, the Skroblus Reserve in the conservation zone of the park and Cepkeliai Marsh, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Lithuania.
Day 6: We take a short trip by steamboat along the Nemunas River that takes you to a small old town of Liskiava. A short tour shows the restored Dominican monastery and a wonderful church in late baroque and rococo style, Lake Liskiava an area devoted to fish research and the hill-fort with remnants of a castle tower.
Day 7: A morning tour to the European Sculpture Park located on the outskirts of Vilnius. The outdoor museum exhibits sculptures created by artists from Japan, the USA, Ireland, Great Britain, Greece and many other countries of the world.
This afternoon is free to explore Vilnius independently, walk in the parks, stroll along the streets of the Old Town, visit cozy courtyards or the many souvenir shops for Baltic amber, linen, and locally made handicrafts which are inexpensive and will add to pleasant mementoes of your visit.
Day 8: Departure