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Offsetting Lithuania's reverence of tradition is a spirited counterculture, particularly in compact capital Vilnius. A city of churches and baroque finery, Vilnius’ cobblestoned charms haven’t gone unnoticed by tourists. Less visited are second city Kaunas and spa resort Druskininkai, where 19th-century architecture nudges against brooding Soviet buildings.

As Europe's last country to be Christianised, pagan history still soaks the land. Curonian Spit, splintering from the Baltic coast, is awash in folklore. Cyclists, hikers and beach-goers eagerly board ferries to its voluptuous dunes. Cloaking the rest of Lithuania are lakes, forests of birch and pine, and pancake-flat farmland; in Lithuania, there's ample space to breathe.

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Trakai Castle and Museum Tour

There are many beautiful lakes in the region. Visit Trakai Castle and Museum of the 15th century (in the middle of Lake Galve). It is the only insular castle throughout Eastern Europe - Island Castle is one of the most visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania. The visit is approximately 1 hour and you will have free time for shopping and relax.Trakai is also home to Karaites, a Turkish ethnic group practicing a religion akin to Judaism, who came to Lithuania from the Crimea in the 14th century as warriors for Grand Duke Vytautas. Today the country's smallest ethnic minority counts under 300 members.

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Full-Day The Hill of Crosses Tour from Vilnius

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Discover Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyPick up from Vilnius hotels, apartments. Drive to Ukmerge district. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mūšios miško parkas Didžiosios kovos apygardos partizanams atmintiStopping at the park established to remember those who fought against the Soviet regime. There are seen crosses dedicated to the partisans, to the most important dates of Lithuanian history and to famous individuals, such as Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas, Siauliai, Siauliai CountyAbout an hour is reserved to explore The Hill of Crosses. Learning about the cross-making art, the meaning of the crosses to Lithuanians. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Rotušės aikštėStop at the local restaurant before heading back to Vilnius. Duration: 3 hours

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Vilnius to Paneriai Memorial Park, Trakai Castle 4-Hour Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Discover Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyPick up from the hotelStop At: Monument to Zemach Shabad, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyShort introduction Vilnia GhettoDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Paneriai (Ponar), Vilnius, Vilnius CountyVisiting Paneriai Memorial ParkDuration: 1 hourStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyArrival in Trakai. Guided excursion in Trakai Island CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Town HallFree time to taste traditional dishes or buy souvenirs Duration: 1 hourStop At: VšĮ Vilniaus rotušėDrive back to Vilnius. Duration: 45 minutes

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Vilnius 3-Hour Walking Tour with Old Town, Uzupis and Brewery

Meet your guide by Vilnius Cathedral and then set off on your walking tour of the city. A fusion of Lithuanian, Jewish, Polish and Russian cultures will become evident as you amble around Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town, seeing shops selling different cuisines as well as countless Orthodox and Catholic churches. Admire the beautiful Baroque architecture, learn about the city as a thriving medieval town, and then visit St Anne’s Church – a place of worship that Napoleon visited and reportedly wanted to take home!Discover the trendy neighborhood of Uzupis, and soak up the bohemian ambiance that abounds. Favored by artists, musicians and free-spirited souls, Uzupis refers to itself as an independent republic and even has its own president! Admire its gritty street art while learning about the district, and have your camera ready to capture some of the sights that make Uzupis so unique.Finish your tour with a visit to a local brewery, sampling a Lithuanian beer (or soft drink for the kids) and some traditional delicacies. The snacks vary on each tour, but expect tasty treats such as zeppelins (potato dumplings) or slices of fragrant black rye bread.Your tour finishes at the brewery, and your guide will happily give you tips for other places to visit independently, if you wish.

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Small-Group Food and History Walking Tour of Vilnius

The Old Town of Vilnius, a UNESCO-protected site, is crammed with cobblestone streets and Gothic and Baroque churches, plus imposing palaces and even a castle. Meet your guide in Old Town and start strolling the narrow, winding streets, learning about the history and culture of Vilnius, as well as how the Soviet era created scars that are still visible in the streets of the city. Vilnius’ Old Town is one of the largest preserved medieval quarters in all of Europe. Learn from your guide how so much of the town remains preserved. And while you’re at it, try some of the very edible fruits of Lithuania’s culinary culture: cured meats and fish, cheese, and bread. The tour includes stops at five cafés, shops or bars. Lithuanian cuisine, influenced by the food of Poland and Germany, is rib-stickingly hearty. Indulge in bigos, a long-simmering hunters stew bobbing with sausages and seasonal veggies. Or sample the cold, bright-pink borscht soup. Wash it down with a locally produced beer or wine or even mead, honey wine. Try gira, Lithuanian kvass, which is made from black bread. Sip some acorn coffee, a caffeine-free drink that has been popular in Lithuania since the Middle Ages. The tour concludes in Old Town, leaving you free to continue to explore this part of town. Go ahead and walk off the feast you’ve just devoured.

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Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Vilnius with Locals, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyOur local guide will guide through Soviet history of the cityDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Gediminas Monument, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyMeeting pointDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Zaliasis Tiltas, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyUntil summer 2015 you could find Soviet propaganda sculptures on this bridge, find out what happened and where they are nowDuration: 10 minutesPass By: Seimas of the Republic of LithuaniaSoviet architecture, events of January 1991