Lithuania is a small but extremely proud nation, with a rich history and unique traditions. It became the first country in the Soviet Republic to leave the USSR in 1990 and since then has been trying to re-establish itself in its own right ever since. Lithuania is the only country in the world with its own official scent, call the Scent of Lithuania. It`s seasides are famous for the amber found on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Basketball, food (think potato dumplings stuffed with meat, curd cheese or mushrooms), Easy (and free!) internet access, and nature are just a few more things Lithuania is proud/known for.
Your adventures will likely start in Lithuania`s capital, Vilniua. The city is picturesque with significant historical and religious importance. It`s medieval old town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, packed with beautiful architecture, large squares, tall spires and cobble streets.
Aside from the historical wonders of the capital city, Lithuania offers a lot to see and boasts several spots in the country that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are truly breathtaking views all across the country, and so much to see despite it being relatively small. Explore the wide open spaces like the Curonian Spit. Siauliai has become an increasingly popular place to visit, and mostly for one reason, The Hill of Crosses. On the western coast of Lithuania, you will discover the large port city of Klaipeda. As well as being a significant trading hub for the country, it has grown to become a popular place for tourists and local Lithuanians. Located on a slice of land just off the coast of Klaipeda, Nida is nestled away at the far end, offering stunning ocean views from both sides. Kaunas once served as the nation`s capital in 1938 and has ever since been an important and well developed city. And just 1 short hour drive from Vilnius is Trakai, where you find perhaps the best castle anywhere in Lithuania.
Lithuania is best enjoyed from June to August, but either side of summer, May or September, are perfect for strolling the old town streets without the crowds or deserted summer brings. If you are wanting to enjoy the bird watching, March-April or September-October is the best time to visit. Overall, summers are short and winters are very cold, however, off season can be a great time to travel on a budget.
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
Getting Around. Lithuania is a user-friendly destination, from its road network to public transport. Lithuania is a relatively easy country to drive in: roads are good quality, signage is simple and, other than in narrow-laned historic town centers, parking isn`t hard to come by.
By Car: There is a good network of roads within the country. Modern four-lane motorways connect Vilnius with Klaipenda, Kaunas and Panevezys. Car rentals are available from local and international companies.
The minimum driving age is 18. Winter conditions can be severe in Lithuania so winter tires area a legal requirement from November to March.
Urban Travel: Public transport in urban districts includes buses and trolleybuses, which usually run from 5am to 11pm, but times do vary between routes. You can buy tickets either at news kiosks before boarding or from the driver. Minibuses are less crowded buy more expensive. Taxis display illuminated Taksi sighs and can be hailed in the street, found at taxi ranks or ordered by phone.
By Rail: Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (www.litrail.it) provides good connections from Vilnius to Kaunas, Klaipeda and Siauliai. Twice-daily passenger trains connect Vilnius and the Baltic coast. Though the train does not stop in Palanga, the major resort on the Baltic coast, passengers to Palanga usually get off at Kretinga station or in Klaipeda and then reach Palanga by bus.
The currency of Lithuania is the Euro. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival.
Lithuanian is the official language spoken in Lithuania. However, English is the most popular foreign language and is spoken by about 80% of the country`s youth. English is primarily used in locations frequented by foreign tourists, such as hotels, museums and other tourist attractions. We suggest you get a good English-Lithuanian guidebook and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.