Nature and culture of Lithuania

9 days/ 8 nights

Day 1/ Vilnius
Arrival at Vilnius - the capital of Lithuania. Hotel accommodation. Half-day tour of Vilnius. Evening visit to theatre performance or concert.

Day 2/ Vilnius - Trakai - Druskininkai
A trip to Trakai Historical National Park founded in 1991. The Park is famous for its forests, 32 lakes, rare flora and fauna and historical town of Trakai. A visit to Trakai Castle. Further a trip to Druskininkai resort via Dzukijos National Park, the largest in Lithuania with continental dunes, 30 rivers and rivulets, 46 lakes and pine groves. A stop at Soviet Sculpture Park at Grutas forest. Accommodation in Druskininkai.

Day 3/ Druskininkai - Kaunas
Tour of Druskininkai, popular spa resort on the bank of Nemunas River, famous for its mineral springs. Departure to Kaunas. Hotel accommodation. Afternoon tour of Kaunas includes the main sights in the old town and city centre.

Day 4/ Kaunas - Jurbarkas - Ventes Ragas - Nida
Departure to the Baltic Sea side via Jurbarkas alongside Nemunas River, one of the most beautiful roads of Lithuania with the romantic castles on the way. A visit to Ventes Ragas, where ornithological ringing station is located. Most bird species registered in Lithuania may be found there. Boat trip across Curonian lagoon to Nida, the sea resort at Curonian Spit, the unique peninsula between Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. This area is Neringos National Park. The landscape in Neringa is extremely fragile and vulnerable.

Day 5/ Nida
Excursion in Nida exploring the beautiful nature of the resort and a visit to Amber Gallery. Free afternoon.

Day 6/ Nida - Klaipeda - Palanga 
Morning departure to Palanga. A stop at Juodkrante to visit the Hill of Witches. Short excursion in Klaipeda. Accommodation in Palanga. Tour of Palanga: Botanical Park, Amber Museum, sea bridge, Basanaviciaus Street.

Day 7/ Palanga - Plateliai - Siauliai - Panevezys
Departure to Zemaitija National Park. A stop at Plateliai Lake, one of the cleanest and biggest in Lithuania. Further trip to Panevezys via Siauliai to visit the Hill of Crosses. Accommodation in Panevezys.

Day 8/ Panevezys - Aukstaitija National Park - Vilnius
Departure to Aukstaitija National Park. The Park is notable for beautiful landscapes, historical and ethnographical objects, wide diversity of nature and excellent opportunities it provides for picking berries and mushrooms. A visit to Beekeeping Museum. Evening arrival at Vilnius for accommodation.

Day 9/ Departure from Vilnius