Private tours in Lithuania most often start from the capital city of Vilnius. The authentic Old Town of Vilnius is famous for astonishing architecture, cobbled streets and artistic atmosphere and is home to many cosy cafes, shops and sites worth visiting. Although it is the largest city of Lithuania, a green belt of picturesque parks surrounds a larger part of Vilnius. The city is situated on two river banks, while the city centre boasts numerous cosy courtyards and architectural artefacts dating back many hundred years. Vilnius is a city which draws everyone to come back and visit it again – it is a city you can’t help falling in love with!
If you would like to visit Vilnius and are not sure where to start from, Vilnius city tour organised by Discover Lithuania will let you discover the capital of Lithuania and spend some pleasant free time in whatever the company you are – whether on your own, or travelling with your family or friends. Embrace the finest sites of Vilnius and forget all your troubles!
The city centre and the Old Town
Vilnius city centre and the Old Town can boast an exceptionally long list of sites worth visiting. On the list you can find the Town Hall, the old Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace, the magnificent Cathedral square, Gediminas hill, Gothic St. Ann’s Church, the Bernardinai architectural ensemble and many more.
One of the most remarkable visiting sites in the capital is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus and St. Ladislaus of Vilnius and the bell tower which is considered to be the symbol of baptism of Lithuania. Vilnius Cathedral is built in Classicism style, but it also contains elements from Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The magnificent Cathedral is located in the very heart of the city centre, next to the defensive wall of the city, and has witnessed many outstanding and dramatic historic events in the history of Vilnius and Lithuania. Gediminas Castle is visible from many locations of the Old Town and is the key symbol of the city glorified in various works of art. The top of the Hill of Gediminas offers a magnificent panoramic view of Vilnius. The guests at Gediminas Castle are also invited to go up to the observation spot of Gediminas Tower. Just a few steps downhill you will find yourself in the Orchard of Bernardinai, the beloved place of Vilnius residents. Next to the park grows the oldest oak of Vilnius dating back 400 years.
Other sites popular among tourists
The Republic of Užupis. Užupis, the bohemian district of Vilnius often compared to Montmartre of Paris, is surrounded by tiny workshops of painters, musicians, cosy cafes and picturesque narrow streets. The “Republic” of Užupis was established in 1997 when the residents of this district decided to become independent. Užupis is one of the oldest and most prestigious districts in Vilnius, boasting its own hymn, constitution, and the president.
The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles. This church is a Baroque masterpiece from 17th century, topping the list of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the world. Located in Antakalnis district the church has 13 chapels, the chandelier in the form of a vessel, two thousand stucco figures, frescoes, relieves and religious paintings.
The outcrop of Pūčkoriai. Vilnius city tour also covers exploration of the areas surrounding Vilnius. The outcrop of Pūčkoriai is one of the most remarkable and highest outcrop in Lithuania, which is 65 metres in height and 260 metres in width. This unique geological site was declared a natural monument back in 1974. The outcrop offers a splendid panoramic view of Vilnius surrounding areas, Pūčkoriai manor homestead, the twists and turns of the River Vilnia, hills and forests of Pavilnys regional park.
The museum of Alexander Pushkin. You are welcome to visit the Markučiai manor homestead in Vilnius which is home to the museum of Alexander Pushkin. The complex is made up of the former residential house, a 18-ha park with ponds, family cemetery, St. Barbara’s Chapel and a monument to Alexander Pushkin. The exhibits on the museum’s display show glimpses of the life and works of the poet.
Private tour in Vilnius city with Discover Lithuania
Vilnius is a cosy, colourful city, a home to many historic and cultural memories. A romantic and engaging, artistic and robust Vilnius is inviting tourists from all across the world. The Old Town of Vilnius, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, boasts almost two thousand buildings from Middle Ages, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque epochs. You shall not be deceived by this plenitude of historical buildings, though, as Vilnius is also a cosmopolitan and modern city full of attractions, cosy cafes and restaurants, marvellous architectural masterpieces and green parks. Start your adventure with Discover Lithuania – meticulously planned tourism services in Lithuania!