Lithuania Vacation, Tours, Travel Packages & Experiences
Lithuania is one of the Baltic States and is surrounded by the Baltic Sea to the west, Latvia to the north, Belarus to the east and Poland to the south west. Geographically, it consists of a sand dune strewn coastline, gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers. Overall it is a colourful country with much history and culture on offer. The country gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.
So why visit Lithuania? There are many reasons to do so which include quaint historical towns and cities, interesting ancient buildings of various archaeological styles including old castles, UNESCO World Heritage Sites including some old town centres, beach resorts and many attractive National and Regional Parks.
The country's lovely capital, Vilnius, is a small but pleasant place with a UNESCO World Heritage site listed historic centre. It is the perfect place to admire a range of architectural styles which include a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical buildings. One can enjoy strolling along narrow streets and through cozy courtyards stopping for a coffee in one of the many cafés on Pilies Street, the old town’s main thoroughfare. With its many attractions, you will not run out of things to see in Vilnius.
Lithuania’s second largest city is Kaunus and once again, there is plenty to occupy the visitor from fascinating castles to the old town dating back to the 17th Century with its narrow walking streets.
On the coast is the resort of Palanga which has lovely sandy beaches and is also known for its lively atmosphere and its large choice of restaurants, bars, cafes and nightlife.
An interesting region is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Curonian Spit, a 98 kilometre/60 mile long narrow sandy peninsula which takes up a large portion of the Baltic Sea coastline sandwiched between the sea and the Curonian Lagoon. It is a popular vacation centre with its beautiful sand dunes, resorts and archaeological interests.
Nearby is the fascinating Hill of Witches, an outdoor gallery of wooden sculptures depicting mythological creatures.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the town of Kernave with its hill-fort archaeological site (Lithuania has some 1000 hill-fort sites). It was the medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and now serves as a tourist attraction and centre for modern art, especially attracting local artists including a modern sculpture garden.
On Trakai Island is the superb Gothic Trakai Island Castle which dates back to the 14th and 15th Centuries and was once the summer residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. One of the country’s major tourist attractions and also the site of an interesting museum, the castle is a popular location for outdoor cultural events.
Near the town of Siauliai is the unusual Hill of Crosses, a popular pilgrimage site to which people bring crosses. There currently 100, 000 on view.
Klaipeda is the oldest city in the country and is known for its many small sculptures including a mouse, guard dog, dragon, chimney sweep, post pigeons, black ghost, foot prints and others. It also has an interesting old town.
The resort town of Druskininkai with its mud baths and mineral springs is a well known spa centre. In the winter, it is a popular ski resort.
The Aukstaitija National Park is not only visually beautiful, it is home to some interesting wildlife including elk, deer and wild boar. It boasts 126 extremely clean lakes. The Labanoras Regional Park offers rare plants, rare birds including black storks and cranes and rare animals such as lynx and wolves. The park here boasts 285 clean lakes.
So with this wide variety of attractions, perhaps Lithuania could well be your next destination.
Extend your Stay
Consider an additional stopover to your Lithuanian vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Lithuania.
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