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Day Trips from Vilnius

As the major transport hub of Lithuania Vilnius offers multiple day trip possibilities using public transport or car. The most interesting ones are:

1.The historical Trakai town with its medieval island castle, many lakes, and ethnic Karaim minority. It is the most popular day trip from Vilnius. It is easy to reach by bus and by train (28 km to the west).

2.Rumšiškės open-air ethnographic museum is a collection of 19th-century buildings relocated from all over Lithuanian countryside. 78 km westwards it is well connected by a four-lane Vilnius-Kaunas highway that is traversed by frequent buses.

3.The Polish-speaking Medininkai borderland area is famous for a Romanesque 14th-century castle with a small-but-modern tower museum, the Soviet-led Medininkai massacre of 1991 and Aukštojas hill, its 293,84 m making it the highest location in otherwise flat Lithuania. 30 km east of Vilnius. A far call from Trakai island setting the out-of-the-beaten-path Medininkai castle is preferable for those who hate flocks of tourists.

4.Kernavė Castle Hills are the location of Lithuania's 14th-century capital but its multiple wooden castles and town have since turned to dust, making the location more interesting for nature lovers than cultural buffs. A local museum has a nice archeological collection, however.

Article written by Augustinas Žemaitis

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  1. hi,

    Do you run day trip to Minsk? I am visiting Vilnius in two weeks, and keen on doing a day trip to Minsk, if possible. I travel on a schengen 5 year visa, and carry an indian passport.

    Regards

    Rahul

    • We do not organize trips. You may however arrange one yourself. You’d need to apply for a Belarusian visa in the embassy of Belarus in India (or through and Indian Travel agency which could also arrange you an invitation should it be needed). Then take a bus or train from Vilnius to Minsk. However, some key sights of Belarus are away from Minsk (see our article on Lithuanian Castles in Belarus), so you may decide to stay there for a longer than a single day.

  2. We are visiting Panevezys first week in October. I was wondering if there are guided tours from Panevezys to surrounding town and specifically the Hill of 1000 Crosses?

  3. Hello, I am interested in 2 adults touring from Vilnius to Saiuliai, Hill of the Crosses. We would like to travel 12 October, 2016.
    Thanks for any assistance


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