A modern monument marks the ‘Centre of Europe’; a medieval Old Town is the heart of vivacious Vilnius; and the beautiful Baltic shoreline complements forests, lakes and riverbank towns. Free-spirited Lithuania is small but perfectly formed.
The largest and southernmost of the three Baltic States, Lithuania regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but it had never really relinquished its independent spirit, age-old traditions, and unique folkloric legends.
With glittering lakes, bucolic farmlands, and miles of forests adorning its landscapes, the cultural hub of this uncrowded, unhurried country is its capital, Vilnius, a city of art and inspiration, Renaissance and neo-classical architecture.
Seven centuries old, with a thoroughly modern mindset, it is peppered with churches, punctuated with cosy cafés and excellent eateries, and UNESCO listed for its Baroque, beguiling Old Town, the largest in Europe. A counterpoint is the city’s former KGB building, now the Museum of Occupation and Freedom Fights, with exhibitions recording the crimes and repressions of the Soviet regime in the mid-20th century, and, as the name suggests, the persistence of the Lithuanian fight-back for its liberty.
This marker in time and in the city does not dampen the optimistic and energetic air of Vilnius, which is enhanced by the student population of its historic university.
A short drive from the capital, peace prevails among the sprinkled islets of Lake Galvé, where round towers shape the fairy-tale façade of medieval Trakai Island Castle, the former palace of Grand Dukes.
While winter temperatures frequently fall below freezing, southerly winds bring pleasant warmth to the months of spring, April-May; summers (June to August) enjoy a comfortable climate, averaging 23°; and autumn cools to around 14°.
Jules Verne has departures from April to early October, so you can choose the season that suits you best.
A beautiful blend of scenery, culture and history, Lithuania gently reveals its treasures, wrapped in legends and loveliness, for visitors to view its landmarks, absorb its character, and enjoy its easy tempo.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne visits iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. While breakfast is always included, rather than restricting you to standard hotel fare, our journey in Lithuania lets you choose your venues for lunch or dinner, to sample the country’s speciality cuisine, ‘kepta duona’ fried rye bread, ‘cold borscht’ beetroot soup, ‘cepelinai’ potato dumplings, ‘kibinai’ savoury pastries, and ‘tinginys’ chocolate cake.
Our guided tours to Lithuania are ABTA and ATOL protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee, so you can book with complete confidence.
Four countries, four capitals, and seven centuries of architectural styles, in their street-scenes and monuments, form the focus of this intriguing Baltics tour, as we travel to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and take the ferry across the Gulf for a final day in Finland