Sophisticated weekend in Vilnius
VILNIUS - the capital of Lithuania. The town dated back to the 14th century is famous for its Italian architecture, gorgeous examples of baroque and renaissance. Have you heard that Vilnius has the second largest collection of baroque after Rome? And that Italian princess Bona Sforsa was Lithuanian Queen in the 16th century? The crooked and narrow streets of the old town will take you to the middle ages, though city center is dynamic, young and modern. Come and have fun!
Arrival to Vilnius. Accommodation. Panoramic tour of Vilnius.
You will start a tour at the Cathedral Square - the place full of myths and legends. Further you will visit Vilnius University - the oldest university in the Eastern Europe - founded in 1579, the Town Hall of Vilnius, built in the end of 18th century, beautiful ensemble of Orthodox monastery, St. Theresa church and Gates of Dawn, with the holy image of the Virgin Mary. The city tour of Vilnius will be followed by St. Anne's church, representing the peak of Gothic architecture in Lithuania and St. Peter and Paul's church - the example of Lithuanian baroque.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Kaunas via Rumsiskes national museum.
Explore Lithuanian traditions at the open air museum. More then 174 hectares, more then 180 buildings and more then 80 000 items exposed.
After the excursion in an open air museum - Panoramic tour of Kaunas, visiting old town, with the remaining of the castle, cathedral, pedestrian avenue - Laisves - probably the most famous street in Lithuania. Visit to the museum of the most famous Lithuanian painter - M. K. Ciurlionis and to Zilinskas Art gallery.
Return back to Vilnius. Overnight in Vilnius.
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875 - 1911)
He is the most famous Lithuanian painter and composer. In a six years (beginning of the 20th century) M.K.Čiurlionis created over 300 paintings. One can find the elements of romanticism, symbolism and abstractionism. He also was the initiator of the graphics in Lithuania. Talking about his music, we have to mention few most famous symphonic poems for orchestra - "The Sea" and "The Forest", though in 15 years he created over 350 compositions, mostly for piano. M.K. Ciurlionis also harmonized over 60 Lithuanian national songs, and the influence of Lithuanian national ethnography is felt in all his works.
Mykolas Zilinskas (1904 - 1992)
Famous collection of this Lithuanian collector includes works of prominent European painters of 17 - 18 centuries, applied art items from China, Egypt.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Excursion to Trakai, the picturesque Trakai nationals park territory with pine forests and lakes, and the ancient Lithuanian capital - the residence of Grand Dukes of the country. Visit to the 15th century insular castle hosted the museum of Lithuanian history nowadays. Return back to Vilnius. Free time for your disposal.
Overnight in Vilnius
Transfer to the airport.
End of the trip.