LONG WEEKEND BREAK VILNIUS
4 days/ 3 nights
Day 1 Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer from the airport to the hotel of selected category. Accommodation. Free time for lunch, relax. In the afternoon 3 h Vilnius city tour with English speaking guide. The tour will introduce you to the rich history of Lithuanian capital and reveal the charm of the city‘s heart. Variety of architectural styles, cozy alleys and yards, each hiding a legend behind will make you fall in love with Vilnius. See the panoramic view from Gediminas Castle Tower or St. John‘s Bell Tower, impressive Castle street, gothic masterpiece – St. Ann‘s church, Amber Gallery, Baroque Vilnius University and miraclous Gates of Dawn. Overnight.
Optional in the evening Lithuanian beer degustation & dinner. Have a short tour in Lithuanian beer restaurant – brewery, try 5 different kinds of beer, hot dish from a selected menu & traditional Lithuanian beer snacks.
Day 2 Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting your English speaking guide, trip to Trakai (28 km from Vilnius). Trakai - the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and applied art of 17-18th century, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimean Peninsular. Later – lunch in traditional karaites restaurant. You will have a chance to try out unique karaites liqueur.
Optional tour to Uzutrakis Manor. We strongly recommend visit recently renovated Uzutrakis manor, which like a white swan flaunts on the shore of Galve lake and provides a spectacular view to Trakai castle.
Later on trip to Kernave. Here you will be able to climb 5 mounds and enjoy a superb breath-taking view of the river valley graced by the bends of the Neris river.
Return to Vilnius. Free time to walk around, try local specialties and have FUN. Overnight.
Day 3 Breakfast at the hotel. The tour „Reveal the secrets of Vilnius“ avaits for you. Get to know bohemian Uzupis Republic and learn about it‘s constitution; visit baroque masterpiece – St. Peter‘s and Paul‘s church. Zverynas – another unique Vilnius area you are going to visit. It is one of most prestigious areas of the city, famous for it‘s wooden architecture.
Free afternoon to shop around Pilies street and Gediminas avenue. Get some souvenirs fot your friends and relatives!
Optional for the evening. We will be happy to organize tickets to a concert/ theater/ opera or other event.
Day 4 Breakfast at the hotel. Free time. Private transfer to the airport. Departure.
Jewish tour Vilnius ( 4 h. walking + car). Vilnius used to be a very important Jewish center in Europe. From the 14th century onwards Jews settled in the city and by the 18th century Vilnius had become the world center of traditional Talmudic learning, eventually known as the Jerusalem of the North. Many famous Judaism scholars and rabbis lived and worked in Vilnius; that is why over the 700 years of their presence in Lithuania Jews created a rich and diverse culture. During the tour you will visit Medieval Jewish quarter, Jewish ghettos, Choral synagogue, learn about the prototype of Doctor Dolittle - Zemach Shabad, one of the most famous French writters – Romain Gary. In Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum you will get to know about Jewish life, art in Lithuania and Shoah. Last, but not least – Vilna Gaon‘s grave, where many come to ask for blessing. Tour includes: guide of selected language, private transport service, entrance tickets to Jewish State museum.
The tour of Vilnius Cathedral catacombs will show the history of Lithuanian Grand Dukes and provide a unique chance to see the royal mausoleum, the oldest Lithuanian fresco and the remains of ancient cathedrals which used to stand on the same site ages ago. Here you will hear the story of Lithaunian Romeo & Juliet – Barbora Radvilaite and Zygimantas Augustas.
KGB museum tour. This is a historical-memorial museum forming its collections following thematic principle. Historical-documentary material reflecting repression taken against the inhabitants of Lithuania by occupational regimes (1940-1990), material on the anti-Soviet and anti-Nazi resistance, information about participants of struggles for freedom and victims of genocide are accumulated.
Amber Spa. The exclusive amber massage center „Nidos kopos“ offers massages and other treatments cherishing beauty, health and inner harmony. Guests are treated with highly effective procedures with exceptional tools - amber powder, amber oil, amber sand, amber balm, linden honey, sea salt, and warm amber sachets. The procedures use only the Baltic amber valued throughout the world for being free of heavy metals, with amber acid and amber oil. It is designed specifically for facial and body treatments, grinded especially for "Nidos Kopos" houses, beekeeper’s picked natural linden honey, herbs selected and approved by herbalists and the luxurious and exclusive BABOR cosmetics.We invite you to choose a gift for your body and soul from the list: http://nidoskopos.lt/paslaugos
Hot air baloon flight. Vilnius – is one of the very few European Capitals , where you can do hot air ballooning. Early morning or evening hot air balloon flight over Vilnius. Sightseeing Vilnius from a balloon is one of the most spectacular things to do in Lithuania. The flight itself lasts around 1 hour, while whole preparation – around 3 hours. After the landing, persons undertaking a hot air balloon ride for the first time are ordained into balloonist ranks, receive First Flight Certificates and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine.
Return airport transfers
3 nights accommodation in Vilnius at the hotel of selected category
3 h guided tour in Vilnius Old Town (on foot)
Day guided tour to Trakai & Kernave (by car)
4 h tour „Reveal secrets of Vilnius“(by car)
Entrance tickets: Gediminas Castle Tower or St. John‘s Bell Tower, Trakai Castle
Lunch in traditional karaites restaurant (Trakai)