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How to Spend 3 Days in Vilnius

How to Spend 3 Days in Vilnius

An extra day in Vilnius gives you the chance to explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town and take a day trip to Trakai Castle. Plus, you’ll have ample time to experience local culture and cuisine. Here’s how to spend three days in Vilnius. 

Day 1: Sightseeing in the Old Town

As one of the largest in Europe, Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to a plethora of medieval monuments and Baroque buildings. Ensure you don’t miss some of the finer details by taking a walking tour or, to cover more sights in less time, opt for a bike or Segway tour. Tours typically cover the Palace of the Grand Dukes, home to the National Museum of Lithuania, and the neighboring Gediminas Tower, which offers panoramic city views. Afterward, take a stroll down Pilies Street, stop to admire the Gates of Dawn, and pay a visit to Vilnius Cathedral and St. Anne's church. 

Across the Vilnia River, the bohemian district of Užupis is full of shops, cafés, art galleries, and street art. It’s an atmospheric spot for dinner and drinks in the evening but if you want to get the inside scoop on local nightlife, join a pub crawl or beer tasting tour. 

 

Day 2: Visit Trakai Castle

Just a 30-minute drive from Vilnius, Trakai Historical National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Lithuania’s most-visited attractions. The headline act is Trakai Castle, perched on an island in Lake Galvė. For the best views, take a boat cruise or kayaking excursion around the lake and then head ashore to visit the Trakai Castle Museum. For something extra-special, take a sunrise or sunset hot-air balloon ride over the lake. 

Back in Vilnius, head to Hales Turgus market to experience local life and sample traditional Lithuanian foods—be sure to pick up some sweet Baltic pastries. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights (the KGB Museum) and the MO Museum, a favorite among art lovers. At sunset, head to the top of the Vilnius TV Tower, Lithuania’s highest building, for dinner at the revolving restaurant.

Day 3: Escape to the Country

Spend your third day exploring more of Latvia on a day trip. Options include the capital of Riga; the historic city of Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city; or the coastal Curonian Spit National Park. 

Another popular choice is the Hill of Crosses, a Christian pilgrimage site that dates back to the 19th century. The hilltop site is covered with hundreds of crosses, which were removed by the ruling regime during the soviet era, only to be replaced by locals during the night as a show of solidarity and resistance. Make the most of your time by combining a day trip to the Hill of Crosses with Anyksciai Regional Park, home to Lithuanian cultural heritage sites such as the Narrow-Gauge Railway Museum. 

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Full-Day The Hill of Crosses Tour from Vilnius

Full-Day The Hill of Crosses Tour from Vilnius

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Discover the religious, cultural, and political significance of one of Lithuania’s most sacred sites—the Hill of Crosses—on this full-day tour from Vilnius. Admire the hundreds of crosses that cover the hillside, learn about the UNESCO-listed tradition of cross making, and explore the Great Battle District to hear more about Lithuania’s fight for independence.
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  • 9 hours
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$67.85
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$67.85
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Day trip from Vilnius to Curonian Spit National Park

Day trip from Vilnius to Curonian Spit National Park

Get out of the city and visit Curonian Spit National Park with ease on this full-day tour. Depart from your Vilnius hotel in a private vehicle and make your way to the Lithuanian seaside. Stop at the Hill of Witches and learn about Lithuanian fairy tales. Stroll on sand dunes and admire the unique plants of the area.
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  • 14 hours
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$308.41
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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Trakai from Vilnius

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Trakai from Vilnius

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Soar over Trakai on a hot air balloon flight that includes a Champagne toast after you come back to earth. The flight is designed to take in the Trakai Island Castle from an angle that few visitors experience, with views that stretch across a scenic part of Lithuania’s remarkable countryside.
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  • 3 hours
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$146.80
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$146.80

Vilnius to Riga via the Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle

Vilnius to Riga via the Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle

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Travel between Vilnius and Riga with ease and see the best of both cities on this full-day transfer tour. Depart from Vilnius and travel with a driver-guide to The Hill of Crosses, learning about the area’s history from a provided guidebook. Afterward, continue on to Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle. Your tour concludes at your Riga accommodation.
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  • 10 hours
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$55.51
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Full-Day Vilnius City Tour and Trakai Castle from Vilnius

Full-Day Vilnius City Tour and Trakai Castle from Vilnius

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Discover the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and the medieval Trakai Castle—both UNESCO World Heritage sites—on this full-day tour. See the Gate of Dawn, St Anne’s Church, and Cathedral Square on a guided tour of Vilnius; visit the Paneriai memorial Museum; and explore the fairy-tale castle of Trakai, on the shores of Lake Galvė.
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  • 7 hours
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$176.41
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$176.41
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Private Jewish Vilnius Tour

Private Jewish Vilnius Tour

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Enhance your experience of Vilnius’ enchanting Old Town on a private 3-hour tour of the city’s most picturesque district. With a knowledgeable guide, stroll the ambient tangle of streets and gain fascinating insight into the city’s rich Jewish heritage. Hear of influential Jewish figures like the Gaon of Vilna and admire an incredible architectural array steeped in religious history. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private and customizable tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$94.90
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Highlights of Vilnius - Short City Bike Tour

Highlights of Vilnius - Short City Bike Tour

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Explore the Lithuanian capital on two wheels on this 3-hour Vilnius city bike tour. Hop onto your bike and spin through Vilnius’ historic Old Town as a guide sheds light on the city’s colorful history. Delve into the UNESCO–listed Republic of Užupis — popular among local artists — and discover top local attractions including the 16th-century Wall of Vilnius, and the Church of St Francis and St Bernard. Along the way, watch locals chatting in busy cafes, head through bustling squares and see a side of the city many visitors miss.
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  • 3 hours
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$24.67
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Kaunas Rumsiskes and Pazaislis Monastery Full Day Tour from Vilnius

Kaunas Rumsiskes and Pazaislis Monastery Full Day Tour from Vilnius

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Focus on the culture and nature of Lithuania during this full-day private tour to Kaunas Rumsiskes and the Pazaislis Monastery from Vilnius. This multi-stop tour is made easy with round-trip transportation, which eliminates the need for a rental car. Learn about the ethnographic regions of Lithuania at the Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum, take a deep dive into the country's history while touring Kaunas, and learn about religious history at the Pazaislis Monastery.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$228.22
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$228.22
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Private Day Trip to Anyksciai and The Hill of Crosses from Vilnius

Private Day Trip to Anyksciai and The Hill of Crosses from Vilnius

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Explore Lithuanian history and tradition on this private Anykščiai and the Hill of Crosses day trip from Vilnius. Explore Lithuania’s 19th-century engineering history on the narrow-gauge railway. Visit the Ethnographic Horse Museum with a private guide and see how the horse helped develop Lithuania’s farming traditions. Take in local attractions such as the Roman Catholic Church of St Matthias — the tallest church in Lithuania — and test your mettle on the treetop rope course in the Aukštaitija National Park. Then, spend time at the Hill of Crosses, a popular pilgrimage site.
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  • 9 hours
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$178.88
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$178.88
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2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius

2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius

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Cover tons of ground in a short amount of time on this Segway tour of Vilnius. Meet up with your guide and group to learn how to operate your 2-wheeled, electric, self-balancing scooter; you'll get the hang of it in no time and head out through the city. Zoom over the cobblestone streets of Old Town and around other city highlights, choosing from three routes. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary to learn about Vilnius' history and culture.
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  • 2 hours
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$56.95
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Vilnius Pub Crawl

Vilnius Pub Crawl

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Head out for a night on the town with a guided pub crawl through Vilnius—welcome shots included! In addition to navigating, your guide leads drinking games at each location on the night’s itinerary, from a beloved brewery to a popular nightclub. Going with a guide also means you get special happy hour deals at stops along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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$15.19
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Guided Tour of KGB Museum in Vilnius (Museum of Occupation and Freedom Fights)

Guided Tour of KGB Museum in Vilnius (Museum of Occupation and Freedom Fights)

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Get the most out of your visit to Vilnius' KGB Museum with this guided tour. Let your tour guide lead you around the museum, pointing out details and sharing facts that you might not notice or learn while exploring on your own. Highlights include modern exhibits covering the resistance movement in Lithuania, the executions chamber, and the former KGB prison.
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  • 1 hour
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$74.02
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$74.02
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