Welcome to Central Lithuania

Proud Kaunas, the alternative Lithuanian capital between WWI and WWII and the country’s perpetual ‘number two’ city, holds court in the heart of the country. Its Old Town is as intriguing as its mass of museums and art galleries, and there is no better place to base yourself for central-country forays. Within easy reach of Kaunas is Birštonas, a tiny spa town where both jazz and mud treatments are serious business.

Still in the process of reinvention is Šiauliai, once a closed city in Soviet times that sheltered the USSR’s largest military base outside Russia. Most tourists make the pilgrimage here for the papal-blessed Hill of Crosses 10km to the north, and leave awed by the strength and devotion of the Lithuanian people.

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Central Lithuania activities

$224 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion: Best of Klaipeda Walking Tour

Meet your professional tour guide outside the main port gate, and start your exploration of Klaipdea Old Town.Klaipeda is the 3rd biggest city in Lithuania, an important port and Lithuania’s only gateway to the Baltic Sea. The city has a long history starting as a fishing village of ancient Balts and experiencing the arrival of German Crusaders in the 13th century. The Crusaders built their castle there in 1252 and formed the city, in former times known as Memel. During the city tour you will see the old Castle territory and the Old Town with the fascinating merchants warehouses in the typical German style with “fachwerk” (half timbered) decorations. The tour will take you to the Theatre Square with the Simon Dach fountain, which is named after the 17th century German poet, born in Klaipeda. The fountain portrays a statue of a girl named Annehen von Tharau, who is the subject of a famous German wedding and love song.On this tour you will meet various magical inhabitants of the city that make it so special and will have a chance to make a wish!For those who are interested, we welcome you to visit Amber Queen Museum to admire a unique private amber collection put together in the 20th century.Once the tour is over, you are welcome to enjoy some free time for self-exploration, shopping or a relaxing coffee/beer break in one of the local cafes.

$90 Shore Excursions

Klaipeda to Curonian Spit National Park: Group Shore Excursion

Meet your professional English-speaking guide outside the main port gate, check in for the tour and get ready to listen and learn a lot on this exciting tour of the Curonian Spit - an amazingly beautiful nature reserve.Since prehistoric times people have lived on this elongated sand dune peninsula which separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Nearly 100 kilometres long and 0.4-4 kilometres wide, it has long been threatened by the natural forces of wind and waves. Its survival to the present day has been made possible only as a result of ceaseless human efforts to combat the erosion of the Spit. The tour begins with a visit to one of the oldest settlements on the Spit, the charming seaside resort of Juodkrante with its Amber Bay and many pleasing stone sculptures.After taking in the sights of Juodkrante, you’ll travel on to the Grey Dunes (sometimes called Dead Dunes), a fascinating area of wind-blown dunes and grassy, vegetation-covered sand hills where you’ll be able to walk and be impressed by the sheer scale of the landscape.In Nida, you’ll visit some of the highest sand dunes in Europe including the famous 52 metre high Parnidis Dune. Walking in the ethnograpical part of Nida you‘ll see traditional fishermen farmsteads and villas. Next up on the tour is the Mizgiriai Amber Gallery where you’ll learn all about amber, its uses and its place in Lithuanian culture and history. After coming back to Klaipėda you’ll make a photo-stop in the heart of Old Town - Theatre Square with "Ann from Tharaw" fountain and drama theatre. After that you are welcome to enjoy some free time for self-exploration, shopping or a relaxing coffee/beer break in one of the local cafes.IMPORTANT: Please note that tour order may vary depending on traffic conditions and general availability.

$45.78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Village to village walk: Japan's oldest road, Yamanobe ancient trail (Private)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Naramachi, Nara, Nara Prefecture, KinkiThere are many traditional shops in the ancient capital of Nara, mochi pounding, green tea, sweets stores, linen clothe weaving stores, knives, traditional medicine, and so on. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Omiwa Shrine, Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, KinkiLunch at O-miwa shrine. Miwa somen noodole is recommended.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Yamanobe Street, Tenri, Nara Prefecture, KinkiYamanobe-no-michi the oldest walking pathDuration: 4 hours

$62.80 Kid Friendly

Day tour to Aukstatija National Park for Nature lovers

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Geographical Centre Of Europe, Purnuskes, Vilnius CountyStand in the middle of Europe according to French geographers Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Labanoras Regional Park Observation Tower, Moletai, Utena CountyWe stop here only if weather conditions allowStop At: Aukstaitijos National Park, Vilnius CountyEnjoy the views of blue lakes, forests, hills and greenery. The best place to get out of the city Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Paluse St. Joseph's Church, Paluse, Aukstaitija National Park, Utena CountyYou will get some free time to explore this little town surrounded by forest by yourself - chill at the beach, swim in a lake, take a path through the forest or just walk around the villageDuration: 1 hourStop At: Museum of Ancient Beekeeping, Ignalina, Utena CountyLearn more about the bees. The road to the museum is as spectacular as museum itselfDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Ladakalnis, Ignalina, Utena CountyOne of the most well known mounds in Lithuania. If the weather is good, enjoy the panorama and try to count how many lakes you can see from the top Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Ginuciai Water Mill, Ignalina, Utena CountyAn old windmill next to the river, a great place to have some lunchDuration: 45 minutes

$21.69 Kid Friendly

Druskininkai Aquapark Admission Ticket

In water entertainment area, you can enjoy 6 open and closed slides and a swimming pool area under a massive dome, with a wonderful view of the River Nemunas. After trying out Extreme, Adrenaline, Bermudas, Ardour, Whirpool or Stream slides you can regain the energy in the grand and sea waves pools or whirpool baths.  The unique bathhouse area welcomes all who are tired of routine, with as many as 20 different bathhouses and saunas. You are invited to experience Russian bathhouse type heated by a furnace with stones (Alnus), INFRA bath infrared electromagnetic waves, hot and dry Tilia sauna, extremely hot village style Kantri bathhouse and even more. Once out of the bathhouse or sauna, you can refresh your hot body by immersing yourself in a ‘music pool’, dousing yourself in ice-cold water from a wooden tub, trying a special bathhouse tea or choosing from a range of exotic cocktails at our ‘wet’ bar. The bathhouse area can only be entered by adults  (aged over 18), so this is a true oasis of rest where noise and exuberant chatter are replaced by tranquil relaxing music and active entertainment by passive rest.

$8.56 Cultural & Theme Tours

Soviet Grutas Park Entrance Ticket

The Grutas Park exposition discloses the negative content of the Soviet ideology and its impact on the value system. The aim of this exposition is to provide an opportunity for visitors as well as future generations to see the naked Soviet ideology which suppressed and hurt the spirit of Lithuanian nation for many decades.An outdoor exposition will lead you about 2 km- long sculpture trail, where you will find the statues of Soviet leaders, such as Lenin, Stalin and Marx. The rail carriage, guard towers, barbed wire, fragments of concentration camps and other details are meant to imitate what gulags (labor camps) were like in the Soviet Union. There are also speakers that play Soviet anthems on the outdoor exposition route.The sound, cinema and photo documentaries collected and displayed at the information centre and museum, show and denounce the ideologized Soviet propaganda culture, pseudo-science, the aims, mechanism and forms of the Soviet ideology and propaganda, and disclose the genocide of the Lithuanian nation. The park also contains a kids' playground, a mini zoo, and a cafe, all based on the Soviet era, with the cafe even serving traditional food from the time. 

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