LITHUANIA

DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Lithuania in a way like no other. Set on the Baltic sea in northern Europe, Lithuania is a whimsical land of golden midsummers, spirited cities and ravishing nature. The country is cloaked in unspoiled national parks, with forests and lakes melting into sugary beaches. Even the capital of Vilnius is an ode to greenery, with nearly half the city covered in pretty parks and gardens. The gorgeous landscapes are filled with a fiercely preserved history, and when you visit Lithuania with Trafalgar, we’ll reveal the legends and lore of the country. Tour the Gothic spires and Baroque buildings of Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town, see the ancient ruins of Gediminas' Tower, the poetic symbol of Vilnius, and visit the chilling museums documenting Lithuania’s dark WWII history. We’ll also delve deeper into the country’s vivid culture, with a trip to Trakai, where castles float on islands, and an evening of folklore music and dance. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"Lithuania is full of myth and stories that also come to life with its unique folklore and cuisine. Our guests love it"

 

Xavier, 

Travel Director

Lithuania  at a glance

Currency

Euro

Winter avg temp

-5°C

Summer avg temp

17°C

Time Zone

GMT +3

Capital City

Vilnius

Language

Lithuanian

Good Morning

Labas rytas

Good evening

Labas vakaras

From unspoiled national parks and sugary beaches, to UNESCO-listed towns, Lithuania is a whimsical land of golden midsummers, vibrant culture, spirited cities and ravishing nature. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover the legends and lore of Lithuania.

Our top 3 things to do in Lithuania

Immerse yourself in the vivid history and culture of Lithuania, as we take you from a Lithuanian folklore show, to exploring ancient castle ruins.

Be entertained by a Lithuanian folklore show

Holidays in Lithuania are often filled with folklore and our Local Specialist will take you out for an evening of Lithuanian food and music. Enjoy a delicious meal of local delicacies and watch a show of performers dressed in traditional Lithuanian clothing, playing folk music, performing folk dances and singing Lithuanian songs.

Learn about the history of the Grand Duchy

Once the largest state in Europe, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania lasted from the 13th century until 1795. When you visit Vilnius, our Local Specialists will reveal the country’s history, including the Bishop’s Palace and Vilnius University, founded in 1579 and the oldest university in the Baltics.

Explore the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai

We’ll take you on a tour of Trakai, the old Lithuanian capital built on water. Explore the beautiful red-brick castle spread over the island and discover the traditional community and wooden cottages of the Karaites, who have lived there since the 14th century.

Best museums in Lithuania

A Trafalgar Lithuania travel experience will take you through the country’s best museums and galleries, from discovering ancient art to the dark history of the KGB Museum in Vilnius.

Lithuanian Art Museum

With around 2,500 paintings from the 16th to the 19th century, and over 33,000 works spanning the 20th century, the Lithuanian Art Museum in Vilnius is home to Lithuania’s largest art collection. Discover sculpture from the 14th century, watercolour, photography and over 8,000 drawings by European and international artists.

Museum of Genocide Victims

Also known as the KGB Museum, this museum documents the dark history of the occupations of Lithuania. It’s housed in the former gymnasium that was both a Gestapo and KGB headquarters during subsequent periods, and you can learn about the Lithuanian resistance and see the original prison cells and torture chambers.

National Museum of Lithuania

Discover over 800,000 items from Lithuania’s history, ranging from Neolithic times to the modern era. You’ll find 7th century grave hauls, arrowheads from the 2nd millennium, and the velvet sleds and ornate furniture of past Lithuanian aristocracy. There’s also a wonderful folk traditions room, with floral furnishings and carved wooden crosses.

Best food in Lithuania

Influenced by its cold climate, Lithuanian cuisine is warm and filling. And our trips will have you sampling it all, feasting on potatoes, meats, dumplings, soups, rye bread and even tiny doughnuts.

Cepelinai (potato dumplings)

Hailed as Lithuania’s national dish, cepelinai are large dumplings stuffed with boiled potatoes, pork, dry curd cheese or mushrooms. Doused in sour cream and bacon, and served with more fried potatoes, these are a delicious Lithuanian specialty.

Spurgos (Lithuanian doughnuts)

These tiny bite-sized doughnuts are the perfect dessert after a day of adventure. The doughnuts are deep-fried, then filled with a mix of pastry cream and poppy seeds, and dusted with icing sugar. One of the most popular traditional desserts, you can’t miss this Lithuanian delight.

Grybukai (mushroom cookies)

Contrary to the name, grybukai are not made from mushrooms. They’re little cookies made from cinnamon, butter, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom and shaped like mushrooms, with a glazed white ‘stalk’ and black ‘cap’. Our Local Specialists will show the best bakeries to try a few of these sweet treats.

Warm clothes

Even in Summer, the temperature in Estonia rarely passes 18 degrees Celsius. When you’re strolling the streets all day, a jacket is an item of clothing you won’t want to go without.

Camera

From the grand Vilnius Cathedral to the magical pine forests and powdery white beaches, Lithuania is a photographer’s dream.

Waterproof coat

Lithuania experiences rain all year round, including a wet summer season, so pack a raincoat or small umbrella to keep dry.

Sunglasses

A good pair of UV protected sunglasses are essential throughout the year - even in winter when sun rays reflect from the gleaming white snow.

An adaptor plug

Voltage in Lithuania is 220V and the sockets are of Type F, with standard European 2-pin plugs.

What to pack for Lithuania

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Lithuania Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Lithuania and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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