Panemunė roads, castles and manor houses

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Panemune Castles. This is a picturesque stretch of road stretching from Kaunas to Jurbarkas, full of various historical sites. On one side of the Panemunė Road, you’ll see the winding Nemunas River, while on the other side you’ll see medieval castles. During the tour, you will learn many interesting things about castle defence, how not having a ruler or a castle that has not survived to this day can tell you how big it might have been. We will visit not only castles, but also castle mounds, and see the Nemunas.

Sightseeing tour of Kaunas (Old Town, and optionally the Devils Museum, Zoological Museum, Presidential Palace, etc.). Later, a cruise on the Nemunas and Neris rivers. The cruise starts from Kaunas Old Town Pier, sailing along the Nemunas past the old Aleksotas Bridge, the Aleksotas settlement to the newly built Zalgiris Arena. During the trip you will see the beauty of Kaunas Old Town, its architectural heritage and the city’s renewal. You will also have the opportunity to see the confluence of Lithuania’s largest rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, sail into the Neris and admire the 13th-century Kaunas Castle and the “Soldier of Freedom” statue. During the cruise, you will be able to listen to an audio guide recording – you will learn interesting facts about the city of Kaunas. You will end your journey at the unique Gothic-style St. Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, where you started your journey.

Excursion in Raudondvaris, Fort IX. Upon arrival in Kaunas, you will be welcomed by a medievally dressed guide who will tell you about the trade and self-government privileges granted to the city by Duke Vytautas in 1408. Students will read out the oath that a person had to take to become a true citizen. They will dance a community dance, which was probably danced here by the guests of the burgomaster almost 500 years ago. They will also learn how to fold a letter in the old-fashioned way, which they will be able to take back as a gift to their family members

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Additional charges will apply:

  • Tickets for museums and paid attractions

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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The power of sand and amber. The Curonian Spit

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French philosopher J.P. Sartre said: “I feel as if I were standing on the porch of paradise…”
Let’s take a day trip to the corner of paradise mentioned by the famous philosopher – the Curonian Spit National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Nowhere else in Lithuania will you find a place where the smell of pine trees and the sea is so intense, where the wind, the sea and the tiniest grains of sand have created miracles over the centuries, even burying many of the villages that used to be here. Here, deep, unique traditions and masterpieces of art are born from a piece of amber.

We will visit a unique exposition of reed sculptures, sand sculptures, and the inhabitants of Witch Mountain. Grey herons and cormorants in Juodkrantė, Nida with its “Italian view” and “Uncle Tom’s hut”, Parnidis dune with its hourglass and old fishermen’s huts on the Curonian Lagoon coast. During the trip you will hear the most interesting stories of the Curonian Spit, surrounded by the giant Neringa.

We won’t miss the chance to enjoy the million-dollar spectacle of the largest dunes from the perspective of the Curonian Lagoon – you will be amazed by the majesty of the sand dunes. We will take part in a 1-hour sightseeing tour of the Curonian Lagoon, listening to the captain’s fascinating stories.

You will also meet a piece of amber, which you will use to create a lucky amulet. During the educational session at the Amber Museum-Gallery, you will learn a lot of interesting things about our Baltic gold, taste amber medicines and go home with a diploma after learning how to work amber.

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Additional charges will apply:

  • Education in the Amber Gallery-Museum 6 Eur.
  • Boat excursion on the Curonian Lagoon to the Great Dune 8-9 Eur/person.
  • Lunch to be booked in advance: 12-15 Eur (We will inform you in advance about the final agreed price and the daily menu).

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The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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Journey to CAPITAL. The Palace of the Grand Dukes and the Republic of Užupis.

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We invite you to travel to Vilnius to visit the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania at the National Museum and find the answer to the question: did our rulers really live “long and happily”? On a themed tour, we will find out how our rulers courted and who they married. Did the future rulers wear white dresses at their weddings? Were marriage contracts drawn up? Why did brides sometimes have to ask messengers to inspect their future husbands at the bath? Why did cups break at the wedding of Alexander the Great and Princess Elena of Moscow in Vilnius Cathedral? Which ruler said she married the crown and not the king? On this tour, you will hear about the old traditions, feasts and fashions of high society marriages! A tour of the Palace of the Grand Dukes (restored historical interiors) will help you to create a picture of the period when the residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius was a centre of culture and art of European level.

After a visit to the Palace of the Grand Dukes, you will have the opportunity to wander around the garden of Bonn Sforza, visit the Cathedral, and climb to the top of Gediminas Tower.

After an organised lunch break, you will enjoy an unforgettable, fascinating and surprising excursion to another republic. Although these are turbulent times, you won’t have to isolate yourself in the Republic of Užupis (unless you want to).

Užupis is distinguished by its contrasts, its open-air arts, its support for freedom and independence not only from invaders or dictatorships, but also from its own limitations, primitiveness and stupidity, and has a natural “border” – the river – which allowed them to create their own separate republic more quickly. This republic has the only church in Vilnius where mass is celebrated in Belarusian, the old Bernardine cemetery and a very beautiful waterfront that leads down to the new district of Paupis. The Republic of Zaupis has its own president, parliament and constitution.

After your wanderings in Užupis, you will have free time for a coffee and a stroll through the streets of Vilnius Old Town.

In the evening, we will head home.

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Notes: for paid attractions, local guide and lunch it is recommended to have ~20,00 EUR.

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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Poland: vilanow, Lublin, Zakopane, Zamoste

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1 day. Depart for Poland. Visit the Vilanow Palace and Park (near Warsaw). When your eyes miss the masterpieces of Italian architecture, you can find it in the former lands of the Two Nations Republic. The most prominent palaces, fortresses and castles were built by the nobility to reinforce their spheres of influence and to decorate the tribe’s domains. One of them is the Vilanova Palace of John III Sobieski, Hetman of the GDL and King of Poland. Many places in Italy are dedicated to Sobieski: in Rome, Padua, etc. It was King John III Sobieski who moved the country’s capital from Krakow to Warsaw, transforming this small trading centre into the largest empire of the European Renaissance. And the Vilanow Palace stands in Warsaw’s neighbourhood. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Breakfast. A tour of the Old Town of Lublin: the defensive walls of the city, the Royal Tribunal Palace and the main square, the Dominican Church, the Cathedral, the monument to the Union of Lublin in Lithuania Square, and the Kraków Gate, which offers a magnificent view of the Old Town. We will visit the royal residence, the magnificent Lublin Castle. If possible, we will visit the Holy Trinity Chapel*, commissioned by Prince Jogaila. It was here that the Union of Lublin was signed in 1569, which was a major breakthrough in the unification of Lithuania and Poland. Depart for an overnight stay in Zakopane. It is situated in a valley in the Tatra Mountains.

Day 3. Breakfast. Walk along the most picturesque resort street in Poland’s highest city above sea level. Here we will see the everyday life of the local mountain inhabitants and the variety of architectural styles. We’ll take a ferry* up to Gubalowka, the highest settlement in Poland, where we’ll admire the mountain panorama. In our free time, we will have the opportunity to visit the national market of the Guliai (Highlanders). Free time and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Breakfast. We will take a ferry to the peaks of Nosal and Kasprowy Wierch. From the top of Nosal, you will have an unforgettable view of Kotlina Zakopiańska, Dolina Bystra, Kuźnica. “Kasprowy Wierch is in a special position because one foot is in Poland and the other in Slovakia. The whole day will be devoted to enjoying the mountains and beautiful views. Free evening. A nice typical Polish dinner. Overnight.

Day 5. Breakfast. We head to the Renaissance city of Zamoste, a city of extraordinary beauty, designed by the Italian architect Bernardo Morando according to the concept of the “ideal city”. The city has retained its original plan and the defensive fortifications that protect it. A tour of the old town: a square surrounded by coloured stone houses that belonged to merchants in ancient times. We will visit the Town Hall, which has preserved its magnificent Renaissance interior with many sculptures and valuable paintings; the Church of St. Thomas, where the founders of the city, the Zamojskis, are buried; and the buildings of the defence system. Free time. Return to Lithuania.

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Extra charges: single room (on request), local guides (Wilanow Palace and Park, Lublin, Zamosc, Zakopane), lunches and dinners, tickets for paid attractions.

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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(No)freedom in Liepaja

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(No)freedom in Liepaja.

Take a contrasting, unforgettable day trip to Liepaja, Latvia’s third largest city. On this trip, you will get a distinct taste of captivity and freedom.

First, we will be in captivity. We’ll visit Karostas – the largest military territory in the Baltics. Karosta is a district in northern Liepaja, built as a naval base by order of Tsar Alexander III of Russia between 1890 and 1906. We will take a guided tour of the former military prison of Karosta. This is more than a simple tour. You will have to be disciplined and obey instructions, and at the same time you will discover what has been hiding behind the walls of Europe’s only prison open to tourists for more than a century. There is also a buffet with Soviet-era waitresses and specialities.

After breaking out of the prison, we will visit other historical sites in Karosta. We will visit the largest and most beautiful Orthodox church in the Baltic States – St. Nicholas of the Sea Orthodox Church. This Orthodox church can be called the visual and spiritual landmark of Karosta. We will also see the water tower that used to supply water to the whole of Karostha, where the old water pumps are still in place, and where today various art exhibitions are held. We will go to the sea, where the Northern Forts, which surrounded the territory of the Karosta, still stand.

We will leave behind a Karostha that still smacks of captivity and military spirit. The feeling of freedom will slowly return to us after a hearty lunch. It would be wrong not to try the famous, hearty Liepajas Mencini, a special Liepajas fish dish made especially for us in one of Liepaja’s cafés. In the afternoon, we will take a guided walking tour of Liepaja’s Old Town, taking in the main sights and architectural gems.

The sea and beaches are within easy reach. This is where the true sense of freedom takes over. Walking along the promenade or Kūrmāja Avenue, spotting sculptures of the characters of the Liepaja anthem or the amber clock, you will reach the beach. This is a stretch of coastline of extraordinary white and fine sand. The 50-80 m wide strip stretches for 8 km. The exceptional quality of this beach is attested to by the “Blue Flag”

After a relaxing hour by the sea, we’ll have a chance to buy some Latvian souvenirs and head home.

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Notes:

  • For paid facilities + pre-booked lunches have ~ 18 Eur./asm
  • Guided tour with show elements in the former Karosta Prison – 5 Eur./person. Seniors and schoolchildren – 4,5 Eur.
  • Swimming gear is required, as there will be an opportunity to swim in the sea, weather permitting.
  • The programme and the prices of the paid facilities may vary slightly.

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Programą sukūrė ir parengė bei kelionės metu Jus lydės gidė Vilija Bakutienė.

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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A trip to visit Latvians on Lithuanian roads

Lithuanian industry did not develop as fast as Latvia’s between the wars, and was therefore more economically backward. Trade and industry grew particularly rapidly in Latvia, which had two large trading ports, Riga and Liepaja, while Lithuania was cut off from its geographically natural ports, Klaipėda and Königsberg. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lithuanians went to Latvia to work in such large numbers that the Lithuanian government of the time had to “roll up its sleeves” and invite them to work in their homeland even more intensively. However, on the eve of the First World War, 37,000 Lithuanians lived in Riga alone. Daugavpils, Liepaja, Riga, Jelgava and Durbe have the most Lithuanian traces. Can we erase the imprints of Vaižgantas, President A. Smetona, Aldona Treija, the founder of the Lithuanian school in Riga, and the Radvilas family from the history of Lithuania and Latvia?

1 day. We leave for Liepaja via Palanga, Būtingė.

In May 1921, in the Lithuanian-Latvian border area, the Convention for the Determination of the Borders between Lithuania and Latvia was signed in the presence of Prof. James Simpson of Edinburgh University, an international arbitrator. Many Lithuanian elite figures, ministers and presidents between the wars attended the Liepaja Gymnasium (before the war, Lithuanians made up about 25% of the population in Liepaja). In 1910, Liepaja had more than 50 companies employing around 7 000 workers, including many of the 18 000 Lithuanians living in the town at the time. In the autumn, wagon loads of grain and other farm produce would clog the roads leading to Liepaja. From there they would return to buy tools, furniture, sugar, jewellery for the women, sweets for the children, and other goods for the family and the farm. On 22 March 1939, after the ultimatum to Germany to surrender the Klaipėda region, the only Lithuanian warship, the “Prezidentas Smetona”, was transferred to the port of Liepaja.

During the tour we will visit: the Liepaja Anthem Character Alley, St. The tour will take in the Liepaja Anthem Alley, the St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Church, the Military Port and Beach, the St. Peter’s Market, the Latvian Musicians’ Walk of Fame, Rose Square, Liepaja Gymnasium, and the Liepaja Lithuanian Community Centre. After free time, we depart for Durbe, where the famous Battle of Durbe took place on 13 July 1260, near the lake, between the Teutonic Knights and the Samogitians, whose side was taken by the Curonians, who had been called by the Teutonic Army. We leave for Riga. Leaving aside the traditional tourist routes, we will start our exploration of Riga from Alberta and Elizabete Streets, lined with Art Nouveau buildings. Art Nuveau is a bouquet of nature, bunches of flower blossoms, ornaments, sinuous and undulating lines, and fantasies, perfectly reflected in the 800 buildings of Riga. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Riga – Jurmala

Breakfast. “Riga is a Latvian city, but you can’t tear its history away from Lithuanian history” – Vaižgantas. Riga is home to the largest and most active Lithuanian community in Latvia. Of the 25 000 Lithuanians living in Latvia, about 8 000 live in Riga. The main engine of Lithuanian activity in Riga is the Riga Lithuanian Secondary School. In the second half of the 19th century, Lithuanians also travelled to Riga in search of work, just as they did to the cities of Liepaja and Jelgava. Already then, capital was being minted in Riga, and Lithuanians found work in the construction of Riga’s railway carriages, in paper and rubber factories, in distilleries and breweries, in flax spinning mills, in sawmills, in furniture workshops, in tramways and railways, in the ports and elsewhere.

Before the tour at 9 am, those who wish to participate in the Lithuanian-language St. Mass!

We will travel to the Old Town and visit: the castle, built in 1330, which is the residence of the President of Latvia; the largest Lutheran cathedral in the Baltic States, the Cathedral Square; St Peter’s Church – the tallest in Riga; the monument to the musicians of Bremen, commemorating the history of the medieval Hansha Merchants’ League; the breath-taking Blackheads Palace, the St Peter’s Church, which is the largest in the Baltic States. The breathtakingly beautiful St. James’s Cathedral, restored to the Catholics in the 16th century. We’ll wander through the streets of Konventa Seta, which is like a Christmas card; the Freedom Monument, a symbol of the freedom and unity of the Latvian nation; and many other places you may not have seen even if you’ve been there many times before. We will visit the Latvian Lithuanian Gymnasium, founded by A.A. Treija, a native of Gargždai.

After a tour of Riga, we depart for the trendy Jurmala seaside, where you can spend the afternoon swimming (weather permitting). After free time, we will return to Riga for overnight. You will have the opportunity to dine in the Old Town and possibly take a boat trip on the Daugava River.

3 diena. Jelgava
After breakfast, we depart for Jelgava. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city was famous as a centre of Lithuanian cultural and political activity. At that time, it had a great influence on the cultural and political life of Lithuania. It is also closely linked to the history of the Duchy of Biržai.

Ekskursijos metu apžiūrėsime garsiuosius caro Petro I architekto iš Italijos B. Rastrelli suprojektuotus rūmus, Šv. Trejybės bažnyčios bokštą, Šv. Simono ir Šv. Onos ortodoksų katedrą, buvusią latvių. Ekskursijos pabaigoje ne tik aplankysime latvių ir lietuvių intelektualų „kalvę“ Academia Petrina gimnaziją, vietą, kurioje mokėsi prezidentas A. Smetona, bet paminėsime Lietuvos nacionalinę šventę ir sugiedosime Lietuvos himną. Juk tai vienintelis himnas, kuris yra giedamas visame pasaulyje vieną ir tą pačią dieną! Todėl pasiimkite Lietuvos vėliavą bei smagią lietuvišką nuotaiką! Kupini įspūdžių keliausime namo.

During the tour, we will see the famous palace designed by B. Rastrelli, the Italian architect of Tsar Peter the Great, the tower of the Holy Trinity Church, the towers of St. St. Simon and St. Anne’s Orthodox Cathedral, the former Latvian. At the end of the tour, we will not only visit the Academia Petrina Gymnasium, the “smithy” of Latvian and Lithuanian intellectuals and the place where President Smetona studied, but we will also celebrate Lithuania’s national holiday and sing the Lithuanian anthem. After all, it is the only anthem that is sung all over the world on the same day! So bring the Lithuanian flag and a fun Lithuanian mood! We will go home full of impressions.

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Notes: Single room, lunch, tickets to attractions, local guides in Liepaja and Riga at extra cost.

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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© The program may not be copied or used for commercial purposes without the author’s permission.

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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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Gdansk – the little Netherlands of the Baltic coast

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1 day

Early morning departure from Klaipėda. Drive through Lithuania and Poland. Arrival at Griunwald – the Žalgiris battlefield, where on 15 July 1410, the Lithuanian and Polish armies led by Vytautas and Jogaila defeated the Teutonic Order. * Visit of the memorial exposition (monument to the victors of the battle, museum). Continue your journey to Malbork, the former Crusader capital. A guided tour of one of the largest and best-preserved examples of medieval defensive architecture – Malbork Castle, where Kęstutis was imprisoned. A walk through the castle, its courtyards, corridors, cellars, luxurious meeting rooms, dining rooms, and domestic quarters of the Order. Then it’s on to the resort of Sopot. See the “Kreivaj House”, a modern architectural structure built in 2003, and walk along the longest wooden pier in Europe. Overnight in a 3 hotel in Sopot.

Day 2

Breakfast. Depart for Gdansk, on the way visiting the 12th-century rococo Oliwa Cathedral, which has long been the burial place of the Eastern Pomeranian princes. The expressive white sculptures, such as the tomb of the Kosa family, and the Baroque pulpit will catch your eye. The cathedral’s most precious monument is the organ, considered the finest in Europe. It was built between 1763 and 1788 in the Rococo style and consists of 7,876 pipes of various diameters. Listen to the music of the “dancing” organ when you can. You continue your journey to the Hanseatic merchant city of Gdańsk, which is characterised by a wide range of architectural styles, including the Gothic Revival, the elegant Renaissance and the ornate Rococo. Sightseeing tour of the Old Town: the “Long Market Street”, the Gothic and Renaissance Town Hall, the Neptune Fountain, the luxurious Arthur’s House of the merchant fraternity, the Market Square, the Gothic *St. St. Mary’s Church, panoramic view of the city from the church’s *side; stroll along the bustling St. Mary’s Street, with its small jewellery shops, amber boutiques, and street cafes. “Bread” gate, “Mary” gate. Free time to stroll and admire the ancient merchants’ houses on the banks of the Motlava River and the panorama of the old port. Journey through Poland and Lithuania. Return to Klaipėda at night.

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Excluded: medical insurance abroad, city tourist taxes, gratuities, lunches, dinners, personal and other expenses not mentioned, tickets for paid attractions.

Extra: for paid attractions have 140 PLN / adults, 120 PLN / children

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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© The program may not be copied or used for commercial purposes without the author’s permission.

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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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Viking trip to Kuldīga

We invite you to a fun and exciting trip that is suitable for all members of the family: kids, parents, grandparents and single travellers alike.

Sightseeing tour of Liepaja.

First stop for a coffee/tea/sandwich (packed at home or bought in a supermarket) in Liepaja.

We arrive in Gruobinia. Gruobinia is the first settlement mentioned in historical sources on the territory of Latvia. In the heyday of Gruobinia, there was a medieval castle, and we will visit its remains – impressive! It will be time to find out why there are so many Viking signs in Gruobinia.

We are gradually plunging into a historical period when Vikings were frequent visitors to Gruobinio. We will take part in an interesting, lively and fun excursion that will introduce you to the daily life of the Vikings and to life in Gruobinia itself. Next, the Vikings will travel to Kuldīga. More than 1000 years ago, Kuldyga was a major centre of ancient Curonian trade and culture and was visited by Scandinavian Vikings. Today, Kuldyga has the charm of a small medieval town. The medieval historical centre of Kuldyga near Alekšupytė is a unique and the only one in the Baltic States of its kind, an ensemble of 17th and 18th century buildings by the river, which is why Kuldyga is called the Venice of Latvia. The historical centre of the Old Town of Kuldīga on the Venta River is a UNESCO National List site. The old brick bridge over the Venta River and the Venta Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe, the highest waterfall in Latvia, the city garden with sculptures by L. Rezewska, charming wooden houses and narrow streets – all this awaits us in Kuldīga. A guided tour with a local guide is foreseen.

The nature in Kuldīga is not only one of the most picturesque, but also one of the warmest in Latvia. Tourists love the Riegeupe Nature Park with its mysterious Duke James sand caves and the picturesque Riegeupe River. We will visit the Riežupe Sand Caves.

The Vikings return home happy as the sun sets.

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Notes: ~€10, excluding your meal costs.

Lunch is available for group bookings in advance.

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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Theatrical excursion in Smalininki. Get to know Lithuania Minor

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“Get to know Little Lithuania better”

The first stop is the Martynas Jankaus Museum in Bitėnai.

Martynas Jankus -Minor Lithuanian public figure, publicist, printer, one of the publishers of Aušra, chairman of the Chief Rescue Committee of Lithuania Minor and representative in the Council of State, and a signer of the Act of Tilžė. The M. Jankus Museum collects material related to the life and activities of prominent people of this region, such as Vydūnas, Mackus, E. Jagomastas and others. Two halls are dedicated to the museum exposition: the small one, which used to be a type foundry when the printing house was in operation, and the large one, which is devoted to the machine department. The museum’s garden with an open-air art exhibition is very interesting and beautiful.

A tour from Tilžės to Ragaine.

During this excursion, we will visit one of the most beautiful and memorable places in Lithuania Minor. The first one is the Bitėnai White Stork Colony Sanctuary. Here we will learn about the peculiarities of this place, hear interesting stories about the storks and their life.We will also visit the grave of Vydūnas in Bitėnai. Vilhelmas Storosta (nickname Vydūnas) was a famous philosopher, writer, publicist and cultural figure, and when you visit his grave you will hear more stories about his life and death.

Next stop – Rambynas Hill. Rambynas Hill is a constant attraction for travellers. It offers a spectacular view of the Nemunas and the other side of the river, with panoramas of the cities of Tilžės and Ragainiai. It is believed to be the site of one of the most important shrines of the Hound tribe. Today, only the remaining foot of the mound is called Rambynas Hill.

Later, we will go to Mociškės palivarkas, where we will enjoy Lithuanian dishes such as shiupinis, štrudelis, kafija, and listen to interesting stories about the peculiarities and traditions of Lithuanian diet.

We will continue our journey to Smalininkai, where we will enjoy a theatrical excursion “Smalininkai – the eternal border”. Here you may encounter unexpected twists and turns in your journey: encounters with border officials. Don’t carry contraband! Smalininkai is a town of incomparable beauty, located on the right bank of the Nemunas River, and the largest oak alley in Lithuania. This town is special not only for its enchanting views, but also for its history, which we will hear during a theatrical excursion!

We will go home full of excitement and new knowledge, but we will not forget to bring the good emotions back home as well, and we plan to arrive back at around….h.

Ačiū, kad keliaujate ir renkatės mus!

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Notes: 18 Eur for additional attractions (M. Jankus Museum/Sadelis, theatrical excursion in Smalininki, lunch in Mociškės palivarkas).

Theatrical excursion at the border (2-hour excursion) – price: 8 Eur/person

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Registration and information: info@jnd.lt / +370 679 02200
The program is flexible for groups.
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Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.

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