Newsletter:
Welcome to Lithuania

Testimonials

  • I was part of Ann Scolnick's tour from Tallin to Vilnius.  I was extremely pleased and satisfied with our tour. The organization, and hotels were excellent.  Our meals outside of the hotels were better than the ones provided in the hotels.  The best part of our tour was our guide Vaida!  She was exceptional, in fact better than any guide I have had during any of my extensive travels.  I will recommend your company to my friends, and hope they also will be lucky enough to have such a wonderful guide.
    Ginny Hackney, USA, 2015 (G1 tour in opposite direction Tallinn-Vilnius)
  • My wife and I loved the Baltic self-guided tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  The route selected meant each day had a good piece of riding on quiet roads or bike paths through interesting countryside plus stops in all of the major cities and towns.  Our small group got on very well together.
    Simon Flowers, Switzerland, 2015 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Yes we had a good trip. Saw some nice nature and pleasant villages. The hotels were also good. And the bikes. The driver drove us fast and safe from / to Riga. And we were lucky with the weather. Just a few drops of rain the last day. Mostly sunny. It rained a lot more in Sweden during that week. Best regards,
    Hans Brandtberg, Sweden, 2013 (tour SG1, along the Lithuanian Seaside)
  • Hi Saulius, We had a great time on our trip, and would recommend you to anyone. If you ever figure out how to do a Helsinki - Tallinn via St Petersburg ride, we'd be in!"
    Richard Seton, USA, 2014 (self-guided tour of the Baltics: Tallinn to Vilnius)
  • Our cycling-group has spent 10 days in Lithuania and explored your country on Baltic Bike Travel route “Vilnius-Curonian Spit-Klaipeda" – we all want to thank you again for your efforts and great assistance in planning and organizing our individual intentions to realize our this years cycling idea.
    Ludwig Enser, Germany, 2012 (tour SG2, Lithuania – from the capital to the Seaside)
  • Now we are back from a most interesting and well-organized "Baltic Capital City" guided bicycle tour. We have cycled in France, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic and Ireland in all kinds of landscapes ... so we have some guided cycle tours to compare with. My husband and I are so very satisfied with the whole tour. It was just what we expected except for some extra positive factors...
    Anita Bostrom-Baversten, Sweden, 2011 (tour G1)

Welcome to Lithuania

Lithuania, the most southern and debatably the least known of the Baltic countries is a friendly and welcoming nation. Lithuania may be small but it's a feisty nation, surprising the world over a decade ago when its brave shouts of protest, over soviet rule, became the catalyst that lead to the demise of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic's.
It has a beautiful capital, Vilnius, its skyline dotted with church spires and cobbled streets leading to little courtyards, boasting some wonderful buildings. Simply wandering around, taking in the sights and sounds, is a pleasure. Over the last few years many buildings have been carefully renovated standing tall and proud, yet some remain as they have been for a hundred years, waiting patiently to be restored to their former glory, if only walls could talk....

Lithuania has some lovely countryside, colourful pretty wooden houses, lakes and rivers perfect for canoeing down, as well as a beautiful coastline with miles of white sandy beaches.

Short history

Around 2,000 BC ancestors of Lithuania called the Balts settled into the country. Then, much later, in 136 Vilnius was made the country’s capital by the Grand Duke Gediminas. Lithuania and Poland had close ties, they had both been ruled by Grand Duke Jogaila and in 1410 they defeated the Teutonic Knights together, who had been a growing threat to both countries. Then, in 1569, the two nations formed a Commonwealth, this was also known as I Rzeczpospolita. The commonwealth meant Poland and Lithuania couldn’t make alliances without consulting one another. Russia captured Vilnius in 1654, and parts of the Polish-Lithuanian Union were then invaded by Prussia, Austria and Russia, until 1795 when Lithuania was completely taken over by Russia. In 1915 Lithuania was occupied by Germans, but then in 1918 the country became independent. However it was not to be a properly independent until 1991, for in August 1940 Lithuania was annexed by the Soviet Union, resulting in mass execution or deportation of the Lithuanian people. Then in June 1941 Lithuania was captured by Germans, who practically exterminated the entire Jewish population. After this Lithuania was again captured by Russia in July 1944, becoming a country under communist rule. In September 1991 Lithuania finally became independent and joined the United Nations, but there were still many Russian soldiers in Lithuania until 1993.

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