You might have already noticed that you cannot find a flight to Vilnius this summer. That’s because Vilnius airport will be reconstructing its takeoff and landing strips from July 14 to August 18. No planes are allowed to land in Vilnius during the renovation period.
Majority of the flights are redirected to Kaunas (100 km or 60 miles away from Vilnius), providing an opportunity to visit two cities instead of one (another redirect airport is located in Palanga, on the Baltic seashore, 350 km or 210 miles away from Vilnius).
Discover Kaunas, off-the-beaten-track European city!
Kaunas, the second-largest Lithuanian city with a beautiful Old Town was declared as Europe’s cultural capital of 2022.
Kaunas Old Town is situated at the confluence of Lithuania’s two largest rivers, Nemunas and Neris. This is where Kaunas castle still stands, having survived multiple attacks by German Teutonic Knights.
Due to political uncertainty after World War I, Kaunas became Lithuania’s temporary capital from 1920 to 1940. For two decades, city lived its most intense period, experiencing boom of modernist buildings of unique local character. The city’s interwar architecture belongs to UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List.
Today, Kaunas charms visitors with cobblestone streets, gothic facades, modernist architecture, outdoor restaurants and bars, as well as strong cultural life, full of festivals, outdoor concerts, museums and theaters.
The secrets of Vilnius, the jewel of Baroque architecture
Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, is the city of breathtaking Baroque architecture, cozy allies, cobblestone streets, and outdoor cafes. It’s also one of the greenest capital cities in Europe.
Walk through the charming Old Town, which is the largest Old Town in central Europe, protected by UNESCO, and follow the 15-16th-century labyrinth of streets and boulevards. During the tour, you will visit the 17th-century Gates of Dawn, the remnant of the city’s defensive wall that also has a famous Chapel welcoming religious pilgrims, the Classical Town Hall, the gorgeous Baroque St. Casimir’s Church, Vilnius University, established in 1579, the brick-clad Gothic spires of St. Anne’s Church, Cathedral Square, and much more.
KAUNAS & VILNIUS SIGHTSEEING + TRANSFERS
€150 EUR per person (groups of 2 or more people)
The package includes:
Pickup from Kaunas airport
Sightseeing in Kaunas Old Town (1,5 hours)
Transfer to/from Vilnius (200 km)
Sightseeing in Vilnius Old Town (2,5 hours)
Additional tour offers in Kaunas (booked together with the transfer tour):
– 3-hour excursion through Kaunas, getting up and close with its mysteries and charm as a Lithuanian capital from 1920 to 1940, during a very tumultuous period in Europe (€30 EUR per person*/ groups of 2 or more people)
– Theme-based excursion “Kaunas the Fortress” (€60 EUR per person*/ groups of 2 or more people)
– Trip to Pazaislis Monastery, the most magnificent example of Italian Baroque architecture in Lithuania (€12 EUR per person*/groups of 2 or more people)
Additional tour offers en route between Kaunas and Vilnius (booked together with the transfer tour):
– Trip to Rumsiskes, an open-air ethnographic museum set in a picturesque bank of Kaunas Lagoon (€25 EUR per person*/ groups of 2 or more people)
– Excursion to Trakai, medieval castle on the lake (€25 EUR per person*/ groups of 2 or more people)
– A walk through Kernave, the ancient medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, representing a testimony to 10 millennia of human settlements (€25 EUR per person*/ groups of 2 or more people)
ABOUT VILNIUS IN LOVE
Vilnius in Love is an exclusive tour guide company that offers customizable and personalized tours across all regions of Lithuania. Hiring guides who are very well versed in local history, they are able to offer trips to unique destinations and rare attractions. Contact: Visit VilniusinLove.com to learn more. For press inquiries, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Admission tickets and gratuities not included