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Vilnius, Lithuania
Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius

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Get an overview of Soviet rule in Vilnius during this 2 to 2.5-hour walking tour of the Lithuanian capital. See highlights such as Lukiškių Square, the Gediminas Monument, and the former KGB headquarters while listening to your guide's commentary on what life was like there under Soviet rule. You'll also see famous Soviet-era buildings, including the former Palace of Concerts and Sport, Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the House of Scientists.
  • 2.5-hour Soviet-era Vilnius walking tour
  • Explore the streets and parks of Vilnius with a guide
  • Learn all about the city’s Soviet-era history
  • See top attractions such as the former KGB headquarters and the Palace of Concerts and Sport
  • Gain insight into the city’s history and traditions
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Monument to Grand Duke Gediminas , Katedros aikštė, Vilnius 01143, Lithuania

Look for the guide with a yellow bag/ yellow sign in front of monument to Gediminas ( a man standing next to a horse) at the Cathedral square

3:00 PM
This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania , Gedimino pr. 53, Vilnius 01109, Lithuania
  • V. Kudirkos aikštė , V. Kudirkos a., Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Meet your guide in front of the Gediminas Monument in Cathedral Square, located in the Old Town. Your tour will focus on the history of Vilnius, an area that developed during the Soviet period. Pass the Green Bridge, the Planetarium, Lukiskiu Square, and the former KGB headquarters. As you go, hear tales about KGB spies, and learn about the role that basketball played in Lithuania's independence and how Lithuania and Vilnius were incorporated into the USSR.

    You'll also stop to see the most iconic Soviet-era buildings, such as the former Palace of Concerts and Sport, Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the House of Scientists.

    Your tour will conclude in Kudirkos Square, a 5-minute walk from your original departure point.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Vilnius With Locals Tours
    Our local guide will guide through Soviet history of the city
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Gediminas Monument
    Meeting point
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Zaliasis Tiltas
    Until summer 2015 you could find Soviet propaganda sculptures on this bridge, find out what happened and where they are now
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
    Soviet architecture, events of January 1991
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • This tour operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
    • There is a lot of walking involved, so please wear comfortable shoes
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Vilnius with Locals tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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    What is the social distancing policy during Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    star-5
    Learned a lot
    Vicky_L
    , May 2022
    Taddas Did a great job of explaining life as he experienced under Soviet rule and showed us many interesting buildings and photos of the experience I would highly recommend it to get a perspective
    star-5
    Fantastic Soviet tour of Vilnius
    Alexandre_Colmant
    , Jul 2020
    We had a really great time learning about the Soviet past of Vilnius and its impact/role in Lithuanian society. Our guide, Tadas, did an amazing job walking us through the key sites if the city, while also providing us with interesting stories and anecdotes from his past in the Soviet Union! Highly recomended
    star-5
    Great walking tour
    missjlg2018
    , Nov 2019
    Really interesting tour, packed full of history and interesting sites. Really enthusiastic guide, despite there being only two of us. Nice to have a coffee stop mid-tour (it was very cold) and great pub recommendations for craft beer afterwards!
    star-3
    Limited commitment from tour guide
    Richard_W
    , Oct 2019
    This was a tour given by a young lady who is deeply interested in the subject, but not that interested in telling us about it. Consequently lip-service was given to 'answering questions', but the tour was shaped such that there was seldom opportunity. The guide seemed to want to be somewhere else. She asked - in the latter stages of the tour - if we would like to finish early 'in view of the weather.' (the weather was fine). We refused her, which turned out to be wise, as the final part of the tour was crucial. If you are, like me, interested in the history of communism then you may want to 'pass' on this tour, for fear that you will find it a little discouraging.
    star-5
    Interesting tour and fantastic tour!
    Madeleine_R
    , Aug 2019
    We are a couple interested in Soviet history and for us this was a given on our Vilnius itinerary. Our guide Sharonas was amazing, he had studied history and was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The tour was thorough and Sharonaas guided to different places and monuments we wouldn't have found on our own. It was also interesting to hear how much suffering Communism inflicted upon the Lithuanians - especially coming from a country where we don't discuss Communism's grim side enough. Highly recommended if you're going to Vilnius!
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Dear traveller, Thank you for such a great review! We glad to hear you enjoyed Soviet Vilnius tour with Šarūnas! Best wishes, Martyna from Vilnius with Locals tours team
    star-5
    Lukas was an outstanding guide who knew...
    John.Gilmore
    , Sep 2018
    Lukas was an outstanding guide who knew the history of Soviet Vilnius very well. His tour was well paced and expertly organized. If you want to know about this part of the history of Vilnius, and you should, I highly recommend this intelligent young man.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Dear John, Thank you! It is really great to hear that you enjoyed Soviet Vilnius tour. We are pleased you were content with organization of the tour as well! Best wishes, Martyna from Vilnius with Locals tours
    star-5
    Very Informative
    Charles_V
    , Sep 2018
    Our guide, Ieva, was an expert in her field, very knowledgeable, and with a great command of English. She added personal experiences of her family as well as pictures of the troubled times prior to 1991. Highly recommended if your are interested in learning about life under Soviet rule and Lithuania's struggle for independence.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Dear traveller, Thank you for writing such a nice review about Ieva's tour. This tour is about the recent history, so we are glad you found it very informative! Martyna from Vilnius with Locals team
    star-4
    Good Tour
    Eric K
    , Aug 2018
    Our guide covered alot of ground. We saw many monuments and buildings. The guide had grown up in the Soviet area so recounted some of his experiences. It was also a good way to see some parts of the city you might otherwise miss. I highly recommend the tour.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Hi Eric, Thank you for your good review about Soviet Vilnius tour. We think adding some personal experiences to the tour helps people to understand the period better:) And, yes, you can definitely find some places off the beaten path on this tour as you head out of the Old Town! Thanks again, and happy future travels! Martyna from Vilnius with Locals tours
    star-4
    Eva was a fantastic guide and got a...
    Paul K
    , Aug 2017
    Eva was a fantastic guide and got a lot out of her program. Due to the very small nature of the group, her presentation was very interactive conversational like vs. a straight lecture.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Hi Paul, Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback! Best wishes, Martyna from Vilnius with locals tours
    star-5
    Our guide Milda is very energetic...
    Joaquim P
    , Jun 2017
    Our guide Milda is very energetic, fun and wit. She displayed a deep knowledge about different history,architecture and politics of the era. She provided accurate yet entertaining descriptions of a bygone era, making us see Vilnius through her eyes. I highly recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Dear traveller, Thank you for your review about Soviet Vilnius tour. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed Milda's guiding! Best wishes from Vilnius with Locals tours team
    star-5
    had an amazing time in vilnius and a...
    melvin b
    , May 2017
    had an amazing time in vilnius and a great tour of the city our guide Martine did a suburb job. she was very knowledgeable and a great outlook on life and demonstrated a great attitude through out the tour. Lithuanians she really did you proud. definitely would recommend a visit to Vilnius and book this tour. may 2017
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Hi Melvin, Thank you for your review :) I am very glad to hear you enjoyed the tour with me. Thanks for recommending this tour to others! Best wishes from Vilnius, Martyna
    star-5
    It was an amazing tour... The guide...
    Dieter H
    , Oct 2016
    It was an amazing tour... The guide was at a high knowledge level and was able to give to every question a clear answer. Further the guide provided us with pictures about the sights of former times on an Ipad which was also very good to get an imagination about how it was in former times. The walk by feet was not to far and absolutly able to walk. I got more impressions on that tour than I have suggested. Definitvly I recommend you this tour!!!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Dear Dieter, Thank you for such a nice & positive review:) We are very content you had a great time with one of our guides on Soviet Vilnius tour. We cover quite a lot during this tour as we get out of the Old Town. So we are pleased to know you found the distance not too far:) Best wishes from Vilnius, Martyna
    star-4
    great tour and such a way to see...
    Stephen R
    , Sep 2016
    great tour and such a way to see Vilnius - was one of last things I did and was glad for opportunity
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Hi there, Thank you for your time to write a review about the experience you had with our company:) We are glad you chose our tour to close you trip! Best wishes from Vilnius with Locals team
    star-5
    The tour was really great! The...
    Rhiannon P
    , Jul 2016
    The tour was really great! The guide explained lots of the older buildings in Vilnius and put them in historical context. He also answered loads of my questions and recommended really interesting books about Lithuania as well as restaurants and places to go. Amazing value for money!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Dear traveller, Thank you for a nice review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed Soviet Vilnius tour with one of our guides! Our guides are happy to give you tips and ideas where to go to eat, what else to see or other things to do in Vilnius. So we are happy to know you liked recommendations you got! Happy future travels. Vilnius with Locals team

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