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About Vilnius

About the city

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About Vilnius

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. Located in the center of Europe and not yet flooded with crowds of tourists. Vilnius is a beautiful, unique and free-spirited city. Currently, there are just under 3million people living in Lithuania. The country is part of a Schengen zone, European Union, EEA and Euro currency zone, making it easy and accessible for tourists. Prices are below those ofmost other European countries, but the quality of amenities is similar. Lithuania is among the global leaders in phone signal prevalence and internet speeds, with WIFI being available in most public places in Vilnius

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History

This country of forests, lakes and the sea has a proud history of being the biggest country in Europe in the 14th century. Later on, Lithuania became one of the biggest countries in the world, but… as part of the USSR. The life as a USSR citizen was different than life in Lithuania today (see Soviet Bunker experience). In 1990, Lithuania was one of the first countries to declare independence.

Food

Local Lithuanian cuisine is unpretentious and acceptable to many. Meat, potatoes, vegetables and rye bread are the main ingredients of the national dishes which you will have an opportunity to try while on the trip. Italian, Chinese and Western cuisines have the major presence, while pizzas and kebabs are the favorite fast foods.

Entertainment

The best part of the entertainment awakens at dusk! Lithuanians l-o-o-o-v-e parties, outdoor or indoor. The nightclubs blast all night and some of the best places will not shut until the last customers leave at 6 in the morning.

Shopping

Major high street brands and the majority of the luxury brands can be found in Vilnius. However, we recommend you stop at local bazaars to get some lovely souvenirs. Just ask our guide to assist you.

Visas

Most US citizens and citizens of other European countries do not need a visa to enter Lithuania. Lithuania is in the Schengen Area meaning there is no customs control between many other European countries. We recommend that our friends in the UK hurry up and book now!

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Language

The national language is Lithuanian which is also one of the oldest languages in the world. It is so archaic that, if you want to know how Europeans spoke thousands of years ago, listen to your party guide speaking with the locals. InVilnius, most young people also speak English or German while the older generation might still speak Russianand Polish.

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Climate

There are 4 distinct seasons where summers are green and can get up to +31 Celsius (87 degrees Fahrenheit) and winters are snowy and cold. The best time to travel is in summer so that you can make the most of the outdoor activities. If you want to travel in winter, we will need to take you shopping first.

Why Vilnius is a unique placePeople who visit Lithuania say that the country is a unique place.
Here are some of the more interesting facts for you.

The first time Lithuania was mentioned in written sources, was in 1009, making Lithuania one of the oldest countries in Europe.
Lithuania was the last country to accept Christianity.
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In 2011 Lithuania was #1 in the world for Internet download speed.
Lithuanian was the first nation to invent Vodka from corn.
Lithuania is a geographical centre of Europe.
Lithuanian language is one of the oldest in the world, and even older than Greek, Slavic or Latin. It belongs to an Indo-European group and is closest to Sanskrit.
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Vilnius Old Town is amongst the biggest cities in Unesco heritage list.
In 2015 Lithuania adopted
Euro as a national
currency.
The second national religion in Lithuania is Basketball led by the most famous NBA god Arvydas Sabonis
Up until the end of the 14th century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe.
The University of Vilnius was one of the first universities in Eastern Europe
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Lithuania has a hill with over 200,000 crosses on it.
The strongest man in the world ZydrunasSavickas, is a Lithuanian man.
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1/3 of the country is forests.
Vilnius is one of the greenest capitals in Europe with 40% of it being open spaces and greenery.
There are around 400 different types of edible mushrooms in Lithuanian woods.
According to Lonely Planet, Kursiu Nerija is one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
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How to get here

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Vilnius is well connected and you can reach it easily and cheaply. Just type “Vilnius” as a destination in any flight comparison website and voilà. Tickets are in your pocket! Unless you prefer a private jet. Then give us a call and we’ll arrange that for you!