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From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

1. From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

During this private day tour you will be able to explore the most interesting sites in the surrounding areas of Vilnius. The tour will start from Paneriai memorial park, where thousands of Jews from Wilna were killed.  The Paneriai or Ponary massacre was the mass murder of up to 100,000 people by German SD, SS and Lithuanian Nazi collaborators, during World War II. The murders took place between July 1941 and August 1944 near the railway station of Ponary, now known as Paneriai, a suburb of what is today Vilnius, Lithuania. After the tour in the park, you will head to the second capital of Lithuania, where today you can see the most beautiful castle, on the island in the lake. Here, you have the possibility to enjoy lunch in traditional Karaim restaurant or take boat trip around the lake. After, the group will head to the temporal capital of Lithuania - Kaunas, which is second largest town in Lithuania today. You will also visit Pazaislis monastery. After this, you will head back to your accomodation in Vilnius.

Dzukija National Park and Grutas Park: Full-Day Tour

2. Dzukija National Park and Grutas Park: Full-Day Tour

Once you and your group have been picked up from your accommodation in Vilnius, get ready for a day filled with adventure.  From Vilnius, you will travel to Merkine, where you will head to the Three Crosses area, which acts like a gate leading to a dome and a pyramid. Spend at least a few minutes here, as it's said to have a cleansing effect. Afterwards, proceed to the dome and pyramid and after short meditation, you will continue to the Cepkeliai Marsh.  The Cepkeliai Marsh is the largest swamp in Lithuania; here you will spend some time hiking. Later, you will continue to the Grutas Park, which is an exposition of Soviet statues scattered around the park. You will have lunch either in Marcinkonys village or Grutas Park. After lunch, you will head to Liskiava Monastery Ensemble and Druskininkai resort town. In the evening, you will return to Vilnius.

Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

3. Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Meet your guide on the stairs of Vilnius town hall and be introduced to the Jewish history of Vilnius. After getting to know your walking tour group and having a short overview of Jewish history in the city, the guide will take you through the narrow winding streets of the former Jewish Quarter to talk about Jewish life in Vilnius before World War II. Gaze at photos of the past, depicting what was once a vibrant Jewish community in Vilnius. After this, you will go to see the site of the Great Synagogue of Vilna and the area where Vilna Gaon used to live. Learn how during World War II the Jewish quarter was divided into two ghettos. Visit both ghettos and learn about Nazi rule in Vilnius. After this, learn about the fate of the Vilnius Jewish community during the communist era and after the independence of Lithuania. If it's open, have the chance to visit the Vilnius Choral Synagogue. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to the area of the Big Ghetto to finish your tour near the Jewish Cultural and Information Centre for further exploration or bring you back to the starting point of the tour.

Vilnius: 2-Hour Vilnele River Canoe Trip

4. Vilnius: 2-Hour Vilnele River Canoe Trip

Paddle along the Vilnele River on a 2-hour canoe trip designed to be invigorating and challenging, as well as full of fun experiences and unique views. Prepare yourself to travel along the most difficult river route in all of Lithuania. Yet in the midst of your challenge, don't forget to take some time to enjoy what you are seeing. Take in the views as you glide along past the adjacent Pavilniai Regional Park and Sereikiškės Park. Pass under the bridges connecting to Užupis, a neighborhood in the old town, popular among artists. As your journey comes to an end, you will intersect with the Neris River from Belarus, and make your way to the city center.

Aukštaitija National Park: Wild Nature Hiking

5. Aukštaitija National Park: Wild Nature Hiking

If visiting Lithuania, be sure to take a day out in the Aukštaitija National Park to fully appreciate Lithuanian beauty. Hear the whispering wind in the crowns of trees, inhale the tangy smell of pines, give your eyes and mind an opportunity to unwind and refuel. Enjoy the healing powers of the surrounding nature, and experience a deluxe feeling of calmness. Aukštaitija National Park can be reached by train or coach from Vilnius in 1.5 to 2-hours. Once you are at the meeting point, a short 15 minute transfer will take you to a small village Puziniškis, where the tour will start. From there, a local guide will lead you on a 10 kilometer hike. Expect to hear about edible herbs and berries, which you can pick along the trail, hear stories about the local forest and lake formation and possibly spot some wildlife. There will also be a stop for lunch, during which your guide will show you how to prepare a traditional lunch over a campfire. This will also an opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the wild lake. The tour will end at the same spot as it started, Puziniškis village. The transfer will take you back to Ignalina where you can catch a return train or bus to Vilnius. Families with children and dogs are welcome on this tour.

Guided Canoe Tour of Castle Island in Trakai

6. Guided Canoe Tour of Castle Island in Trakai

After collection from your location in Vilnius, you will disembark near one of Trakai lakes. You will begin your tour with learning basic strokes, how to handle a canoe and the safety rules. After paddling for a while you will reach Lake Galve where Trakai Castle, the main point of interest is located. Some amazing photos of you paddling in the cedar strip canoe will be taken for you and you will also get some aerial pictures with the castle in the background. You can then enjoy the rare opportunity to enjoy paddling through nature and historical heritage all in one canoe. After visiting a couple of beautiful landmarks, you will make a stop at one of the uninhabited islands for a picnic. Once you've finished, you will head back and if you're lucky enough, enjoy a picturesque peaceful sunset at Trakai Castle.

Visaginas: Wild Nature Hiking at Gražutės Regional Park

7. Visaginas: Wild Nature Hiking at Gražutės Regional Park

A perfect tour for nature lovers wanting to get off the beaten tourist track while in Lithuania. A guided hiking tour in Gražutės Regional Park will let you fully appreciate Lithuanian beauty. Hear the whispering wind in the crowns of trees, inhale the tangy smell of pines, give your eyes and mind an opportunity to unwind and refuel. Enjoy the healing powers of the surrounding nature, and experience a deluxe feeling of calmness. Gražutės Regional Park can be reached by train or coach from Vilnius in 2 to 2.5-hours. The tour will start right from the Visaginas Railway Station, which is also a meeting point for this tour. A local guide will lead you on a 10 kilometer hike through dense forests, along beautiful lakes and close to spongy swamps. Expect to hear about local flora and fauna, pick some edible herbs and berries along the way and possibly spot some wildlife. There will also be a stop for lunch, during which your guide will show you how to prepare a traditional lunch over a campfire, encouraging you to learn and take part in cooking. This is also an opportunity to take a refreshing swim in open waters of a wild lake. The tour will end at the same spot as you started, Visaginas Railway Station, from which you can catch a return train to Vilnius. Alternatively, you could plan for some extra time to spend in Visaginas, for example, take an excursion to Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant. Families with children and dogs are welcome on this tour.

Vilnius Old Town 2-hour Ghost Tour

8. Vilnius Old Town 2-hour Ghost Tour

A little known fact: lurking within the shadowy corners of the ancient buildings in Vilnius Old Town exist cheerful, romantic, and sometimes angry ghosts! When the sun goes down over the Vilnius Old town, it’s time to go for a walk. Enjoy this 2-hour ghost walk and learn about the intricate history of this fascinating capital led by an expert guide. Meet the ghosts of the Vilnius University Library and hear tale of spooky happenings in the National Museum. Listen to fun stories about the Royal Palace and visit the haunted yard of Piles Street 22. Be thrilled by paranormal stories as you stand in the Basilian monastery churchyard. You will visit some of the most historic sites in Vilnius, encountering both a fun and informative tour. You will be left feeling acquainted with this ancient city in more ways than one!

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What people are saying about Vilnius County

A fantastic journey done in winter time, full of surprises and (very) off the beaten track. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable, and listened to what we would like the most to do or see! We managed to do two hikes and saw so many different things in just one day. Highlight being the walk to the swamp and an insane statue place. A trip i very strongly recommend.

Milda was an excellent guide--informed, open to questions and compassionate in her descriptions of the human achievement and struggle that occurred in the city.

Fantastic day out! Saw a lot of rural Lithuania which was absolutely stunning. Guide couldn’t have been better, highly recommended.

We saw beautiful Lithuanian nature and many other interesting things. The trip was really worth it.

Milda was very good, knowledgeable and helpful guide. 5 stars for her.