Welcome to Eastern & Southern Lithuania


Aukštaitija National Park is Lithuania’s oldest, framed by the 900-sq-km Labanoras-Pabradė Forest. Outdoor purists will have a ball here, pursuing canoeing, hiking, windsurfing, sailing, birdwatching and, in winter, ice-fishing and even some skiing.

Dzūkija in the far south is the biggest national park, surrounded by the 1500-sq-km Druskininkai-Varėna Forest. Both parks are blessed with an abundant berry crop in early summer, while mushrooms of all shapes and guises sprout by the bucketful from early spring until late autumn.

Close to the Dzūkija National Park is the spa resort of Druskininkai, where rich Lithuanians indulge in winter breaks and the likes of warm honey massages. The Grūtas sculpture park next door, with its busts of Lenin, Stalin and the gang, is a sure nostalgia cure for anyone longing for those ‘good old days’.

A few words of warning: mosquitoes are a menace so bring insect repellent; and only pick mushrooms with a local guide and be aware that the stomach of the guide – reared on mushrooms since birth – is substantially more tolerant of certain species than your own.


Top experiences in Eastern & Southern Lithuania

Eastern & Southern Lithuania activities

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From Vilnius: Private tour to Trakai

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyDeparture from Vilnius. By a comfortable air-conditioned car to the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the pretty lakeside town of Trakai. Learn about the smallest ethnic group of Lithuania - Karaites people who settled in Trakai, along with the Tartars, Russians, Jews and Poles who followed. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Galvė - the deepest of the region’s 200 lakes.Continue to amazing island Castle constructed in the 14th century before falling into disrepair in the 17th century. Rebuilt after World War II, Insular Castle is now considered a major landmark of Lithuania.Visiting a historic castle museum.After many new things learned it is a time for a break. Visiting a traditional Karaim cuisine restaurant.After a lunch return to Vilnius.Duration: 4 hours

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Private Tour: Trakai castle from Neringa

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyTrakai town located 28 kilometres west of Vilnius, was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political centre, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania. Construction of the Island Castle on one of the larger islands of Galvė Lake began in the second half of the 14th century. Presumably, the construction of the castle was begun by the Grand Duke Kęstutis and was concluded in the early 15th century by his son Vytautas. These rulers were very important characters in Lithuanian history thus the Trakai Island Castle had also had a significant role in Lithuanian history.In 1410 just after the famous Battle of Grünenwald, Trakai Island castle was turned into a residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania Vytautas and Kęstutis. Later on, in the 16th century, the role of the castle went down and the visits of Grand Dukes became increasingly seldom. The Lithuanian Metrics that had been kept in the castle was moved to Vilnius in 1511, and the Island Castle became a prison for noblemen.After desolating invasion of Muscovy troops in 1655–1661, Trakai was plundered and burned down; the Island Castle was destroyed and remained ruined; the city did not revive and became a small provincial town.Trakai island Castle has been reconstructed in years 1929-1987 and currently houses a museum of Lithuanian history. Duration: 1 hour

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Private Tour: Trakai castle from Klaipeda

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyTrakai town located 28 kilometres west of Vilnius, was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political centre, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania. Construction of the Island Castle on one of the larger islands of Galvė Lake began in the second half of the 14th century. Presumably, the construction of the castle was begun by the Grand Duke Kęstutis and was concluded in the early 15th century by his son Vytautas. These rulers were very important characters in Lithuanian history thus the Trakai Island Castle had also had a significant role in Lithuanian history.In 1410 just after the famous Battle of Grünenwald, Trakai Island castle was turned into a residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania Vytautas and Kęstutis. Later on, in the 16th century, the role of the castle went down and the visits of Grand Dukes became increasingly seldom. The Lithuanian Metrics that had been kept in the castle was moved to Vilnius in 1511, and the Island Castle became a prison for noblemen.After desolating invasion of Muscovy troops in 1655–1661, Trakai was plundered and burned down; the Island Castle was destroyed and remained ruined; the city did not revive and became a small provincial town.Trakai island Castle has been reconstructed in years 1929-1987 and currently houses a museum of Lithuanian history. Duration: 1 hour

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Private Tour: Trakai castle from Palanga or Sventoji

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyTrakai town located 28 kilometres west of Vilnius, was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political centre, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania. Construction of the Island Castle on one of the larger islands of Galvė Lake began in the second half of the 14th century. Presumably, the construction of the castle was begun by the Grand Duke Kęstutis and was concluded in the early 15th century by his son Vytautas. These rulers were very important characters in Lithuanian history thus the Trakai Island Castle had also had a significant role in Lithuanian history.In 1410 just after the famous Battle of Grünenwald, Trakai Island castle was turned into a residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania Vytautas and Kęstutis. Later on, in the 16th century, the role of the castle went down and the visits of Grand Dukes became increasingly seldom. The Lithuanian Metrics that had been kept in the castle was moved to Vilnius in 1511, and the Island Castle became a prison for noblemen.After desolating invasion of Muscovy troops in 1655–1661, Trakai was plundered and burned down; the Island Castle was destroyed and remained ruined; the city did not revive and became a small provincial town.Trakai island Castle has been reconstructed in years 1929-1987 and currently houses a museum of Lithuanian history. Duration: 7 hours

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Private Tour: Trakai castle from Silute

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyTrakai town located 28 kilometres west of Vilnius, was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political centre, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania. Construction of the Island Castle on one of the larger islands of Galvė Lake began in the second half of the 14th century. Presumably, the construction of the castle was begun by the Grand Duke Kęstutis and was concluded in the early 15th century by his son Vytautas. These rulers were very important characters in Lithuanian history thus the Trakai Island Castle had also had a significant role in Lithuanian history.In 1410 just after the famous Battle of Grünenwald, Trakai Island castle was turned into a residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania Vytautas and Kęstutis. Later on, in the 16th century, the role of the castle went down and the visits of Grand Dukes became increasingly seldom. The Lithuanian Metrics that had been kept in the castle was moved to Vilnius in 1511, and the Island Castle became a prison for noblemen.After desolating invasion of Muscovy troops in 1655–1661, Trakai was plundered and burned down; the Island Castle was destroyed and remained ruined; the city did not revive and became a small provincial town.Trakai island Castle has been reconstructed in years 1929-1987 and currently houses a museum of Lithuanian history. Duration: 1 hour

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Private tour from Vilnius: Trakai Full Day Kayaking & Castle Experience

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyGuided visit inside the castle museum.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Uzutrakis Manor Estate, Trakai, Vilnius CountyView from the lake and paddling inside of manors pond and canal.Duration: 20 minutes

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