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Kaunas Jewish tour

tourkaunasjewish3 hour private tour of Kaunas Jewish tour led by a professional local guide, recommended by True Lithuania website!

Price: Only 89 Euro! (for the whole group)

The tour is personal. There would be no additional people in the group except for you and your family / friends. The tour may begin at any convenient time.

Order at tour.baltic@gmail.com

Kaunas (or Kovno) has always had an active Jewish community. Historically a significant part of Kaunas elite were Jews: architects, businessmen, traders, and artists. Their lives inscribed a number of stories and traces visible in the architecture of the city. Kaunas is also renowned for an incredible story how Dutch and Japanese diplomats conspired to save hundreds of Jewish lives in the 1940s.

Kaunas Jewish tour includes

Neo-Baroque Kaunas synagogue, still used by an active religious community.
Two former synagogues that served different forms of Judaism.
Chiyune Sugihara house where a Japanese consul saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.
Locations where Jewish artists, architects and traders of Kaunas lived and worked (and their life stories).
Monuments to the Jews of Kaunas.
• And more...

What will you learn

• Learn how Jews of Kaunas contributed to creating the city as it is today.
• See the streets, courtyards, and alleys where a Jewish community has thrived for centuries.
• Learn about the local Jewish community and culture, both historic and contemporary: their languages, beliefs and more.
• Witness the former Jewish cultural centers, and learn about the artists and performers of the interwar Kaunas who later prospered in Israel;
• Where did such artists as Marc Chagall arrange their exhibitions on the way from Russia to Paris?
• Learn how some Jews managed to hide or escape from the planned murder in Kovno Ghetto under Nazi German occupation (1941-1944) and what resistance took place.
• Learn other stories of the Holocaust / Shoah in Kaunas.
• And more...

The tour is available in English, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian languages

Article written by Augustinas Žemaitis

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  1. I am interested in taking a private tour of the jewish sites in Kaunas on Friday September 8th, 2017.
    I am going to be staying at the Metropolis Hotel on S. Daukanto g
    Could you sent me information

    • Thank you for your interest. We have sent you the information about the possible Jewish tour in Kaunas by e-mail.

    • i like Metropolis very much ! though an oldfashion hotel, but prewar architechture ,in thhe middle of town you’ll enjoy it

  2. Interested in your tour of Jewish sites. Arriving in Klaipedia by ship on 6/20. Can you provide transfer as well as tour. Please quote prices.
    Thanks, Fran Alpert

  3. please send details of Jewish tour for June 20, 2018. Thank you….

  4. Could you arrange a Jewish walking tour of Kaunas for me and a friend on 26th April?
    Please send me the itinerary and the cost per person
    If you could make it mid morning as we will be staying in Vilnius and will need a train to Kaunas

  5. May be coming in August 2018. would like to get information on sources for family history records or files available to research. My family come from Pilviskiai/Pilvishok. Are there sources in Kaunas or where would I be likely to find such documents?

    • There are multiple archives in Lithuania, depending on what records you’d like to search. There is Kaunas regional archive about the Kaunas area (if your family ever lived there; you mention they are from Pilviškiai), there are also several archives in Vilnius (the capital) where information may also be located. Our Kaunas tour may be customized to include a visit to the Kaunas regional archive together with an archive specialist, who could help you with the search. We offer Vilnius tours as well.

    • Gary- Did you visit Pilviskiai? It is my ancestral ‘hometown’ and I have info/pictures to share if you’re interested.

  6. hi I am a single person and would love to have this tour on thursday the 7/2/19. can you send me the prices just for a one person tour? thank you

    • The tours are all private and the guide has to work the same regardless of the number of persons ordering the tour, therefore, unfortunately, the number of people makes no difference in price.

  7. Hello,
    – Can you accommodate four of us on the tour?
    – We’ll be coming from Vilnius, what is the best way to travel to and from Kaunas?
    – I checked the train schedule, and it looks like the earliest w can get to Kaunas is about noon.
    – Do you pick up at the train?
    – How close is the train station to the center of town?
    – Do you have availability on July 5, 2019?
    THANK YOU, Ora

    • We are interested in a response to the questions above. Thank You.

    • Regarding availability, we will answer you by e-mail you provided.

      In general, yes, we have private tours for four people. Trains to Kaunas come in the morning as well. However, the main train station of Kaunas is currently closed for Vilnius trains and trains terminate at the suburbs (Palemonas). Therefore, it may be more convenient to go by bus, which go every 15 minutes all day and goes right to the center. We may pick up at the bus station.

      • Thank You for writing to us and for the helpful information. We are looking forward to your email with information about availability on July 5. Do you know when the first bus leaves Vilnius and when the last leaves Kaunas? We are having difficulty finding this information. . Thank You!


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