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Lithuania - Cathederal Square, Vilnius

Lithuania

The southernmost of the Baltic states, Lithuania boasts music, art, culture and more than its fair share of heritage. It is also the geographical centre of Europe, which is 26km west of the capital, Vilnius. Visit Park of Europe to stand at the heart of the continent, as well as the opportunity to enjoy more the 90 works of art from 29 different countries.

Vilnius is home to one of the largest Old Towns in Eastern Europe.

The architectural offering is overflowing in variety with baroque churches, Italian renaissance and Russian Byzantine, and even some Jewish elements to boot. The small winding streets play host to cafes, restaurants and boutiques. So take a seat and watch the bustle unfold.

Just outside Vilnius sits the impressive medieval Trakai Castle. Lithuania’s 16TH century capital, Trakai is surrounded by water on all sides and can only be reached by crossing a bridge over Galve Lake. Those after a little adventure can enjoy a multitude of water activities on the surrounding Trakai lakes. Whether it’s adrenalin or culture that draws you here, the setting makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

After your exploring you’ll want a gastronomical feast to match it. Lithuanian cuisine features the spoils of its cool, moist northern climate, namely barley, potatoes, berries and mushrooms. Beetroot too – during the warmer seasons, you’ll likely be offered a bowl of this iconic, bright pink, cold beetroot soup at most eateries. If you need a little pick-me-up when taking in the sights, see if you can get your hands on a Lithuanian poppy seed cake. You won’t regret it! View more trips to Lithuania.


Featured Trips

  • Experience Baroque splendour and marvel at Scandinavian design, as you discover how the capitals of the north have been shaped by conflict, spanning the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Cold War.

  • Set out from Warsaw to explore the Baltic States, including the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Discover stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

Tour director recommendation

Food for thought

Try to learn a few phrases to use on your vacation. It's amazing how far a 'hello' or 'thank you' will go with the locals - your Travel Director will be around to help if you get stuck.
Tour Director - Gigi Smith

Gigi Smith-Bromage

Travel Director, Western Europe

Factfile

Know before you go
  • Spring

    Mar-May

    Cloudy

    Av temp: 5˚C25˚F

  • Summer

    Jun-Aug

    Sun

    Av temp: 16˚C60˚F

  • Autumn

    Sept-Nov

    Rain

    Av temp: 8˚C47˚F

  • Winter

    Dec-Feb

    Snow

    Av temp: -5˚C25˚F

  • Time difference

    GMT+3

  • Currency

    EURO

When to go: The preferable time to visit Lithuania is summer, from June to August: the temperatures are pleasant, sometimes even hot.