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How to Spend 2 Days in Vilnius

How to Spend 2 Days in Vilnius

With two days in Vilnius, not only can you explore the Old Town, visit historic monuments and museums, and experience the city’s nightlife, but you’ll also have time to head out of town to see the beautiful Trakai Island Castle. Here are our top recommendations for two days in the Lithuanian capital.

Day 1: Discover Vilnius Old Town

**Morning:**A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vilnius’ Old Town is a warren of picturesque streets dotted with grand baroque monuments. It’s easy to get around on foot, but opting for a walking tour will give insight into the city’s fascinating history and Soviet past. Bring your camera, and be sure to stop by the Gates of Dawn, St. Anne's church, and Vilnius Cathedral.

**Afternoon:**Frequented by locals, Hales Turgus market is the ideal spot to pick up local specialties such as Lithuanian honey or grab a quick lunch. Afterwards, cross the Vilnia River and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the colorful Užupis district, a bohemian neighborhood full of vibrant street art, cozy cafés, and independent shops. 

**Night:**The bars, restaurants, and pubs of Vilnius’ Old Town offer plenty of ways to experience the city’s nightlife. For a more immersive experience, join a food tour or cooking class to learn more about Lithuanian cuisine, or discover Lithuania’s growing beer scene during a pub crawl. 

Day 2: Visit Trakai Castle

**Morning:**Just a 40-minute drive from Vilnius, the historic town of Trakai is one of the most picturesque in Lithuania. The star attraction is medieval Trakai Castle, dramatically situated on an island on a lake. Take a boat cruise out to the island, or, for a truly unforgettable experience, opt to float overhead in a hot-air balloon or enjoy a kayaking excursion around the island.

**Afternoon:**Back in Vilnius, spend the afternoon visiting some of the capital’s museums. The magnificent Palace of the Grand Dukes is home to the National Museum of Lithuania, while the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, otherwise known as the KGB Museum, provides a sobering insight into the city’s Soviet era. Fans of modern art won’t want to miss the MO Museum. Book your tickets in advance to save time. 

**Night:**The Vilnius TV Tower is Lithuania’s highest building, and it’s a magical spot from which to watch the sunset. Head up to the viewing platform for a panoramic view over vast Vingis Park and the Old Town, or perhaps book a table for dinner at the revolving restaurant.

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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town

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Enjoy bird’s-eye views over Vilnius’ Old Town on this 1-hour hot-air balloon flight. Following a hotel pickup, hop into the basket with a pilot and take to the skies! As you climb higher and higher, take in panoramic views over Vilnius to the surrounding countryside and enjoy this relaxing experience to the full. When your hot-air balloon flight comes to an end, land gently in a meadow and sip Champagne as the team packs the balloon away. Then, return in comfort to your hotel in Vilnius.
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Cooking Class in Vilnius

Cooking Class in Vilnius

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Be welcomed into the home of a local and get hands-on experience preparing traditional Lithuanian cuisine with this cooking class in Vilnius. Choose a lunch or dinner experience to suit you and avoid hidden costs with all ingredients included in the price. Afterwards, sit down with your host to enjoy what you’ve cooked and take the opportunity to chat about all things Lithuanian.
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  • 3 hours
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Vilnius Guided Ghost Walking Tour

Vilnius Guided Ghost Walking Tour

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See an unusual side of Vilnius on a ghost walking tour. Learn about the city’s dark secrets and superstitions from your guide as you wander the dim-lit streets of Old Town. Visit Vilnius Satan House and Kingdom of Death and spot eerie church frescoes. Take a shot of “Devil’s drink” as you explore the city.
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Private Tour to Trakai From Vilnius

Private Tour to Trakai From Vilnius

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Spend the day away from the hustle and bustle of the city during this 4-hour  private tour from Vilnius to Trakai. Discover the beautiful 15th-century castle set upon an island learn about the culture of the Karaites, whose influence can be seen in the structures of Trakai. Spend your time admiring the beautiful Lithuanian countryside and surrounding lakes before heading back to the city.
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group - Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights "Iconic Landmarks & Hidden Gems"

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Explore both the ancient and modern corners of Vilnius on this half-day bike tour. Pedaling a provided bike lets you travel like a local and cover muc more ground than you could on a walking tour. Simply pedal along and soak in the scenery on this tour while your guide provides the navigation and commentary on UNESCO-listed Vilnius' history, architecture, culture, and modern life. Highlights include Cathedral Square, the Gate of Dawn, the Uzupis, and other must-see stops.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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