Lithuania tours for seniors
Odyssey offers easy, convenient, and relaxed escorted small group tours across the Baltics and beyond. We explore Lithuania’s incredible natural beauty, its medieval commonwealth heritage, World Heritage Sites, and fascinating historic cities, all with some truly spectacular scenery along the way. This and more is all waiting to be explored on one of Odyssey’s small group tours of Lithuania, designed for the senior traveller, and led by experienced, and enthusiastic like minded people.
Melding pristine nature and historic cities, Lithuania is a nation with a truly unique history and culture. The Lithuanian people were the last in Europe to convert to Christianity, and Lithuanian culture remains influenced by old traditions as pagan remnants dot the landscape. The capital city, Vilnius, is a baroque masterpiece, dotted with churches and cathedrals, while the power of medieval Lithuania is tangible at the looming Trakai Castle. And Lithuania is also a natural wonderland, home to pristine beaches on the Baltic coastline and a lakeland seemingly designed for summer boating, kayaking, and berrying. Journey with Odyssey Traveller as we uncover the distinctive history, culture, and natural scenery of Lithuania.
Hand crafted tours for mature World Travellers
21 daysSep, May
Baltics Small Group Escorted Tour: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
Visiting Estonia, Finland
An escorted small group tour to the Baltic States of Europe that explores the key destinations of this region starting in Berlin, then making its way through Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and concluding in St. Petersburg. Each day has scheduled itineraries supported by local guides who share knowledge and authentic experiences of the places visited. This is small group travelling to the Baltics for like minded people.
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Articles about Lithuania
Grutas Park Lithuania
A communist statue graveyard, Grutas Park is a dark homage to one of the worst periods of Lithuanian history. Eight kilometres east of Druskininkai, a spa town on the Nemunas River in southern Lithuania, Grutas Park is essentially a sculpture garden of over 100 Soviet-era statues and artefacts, providing an unprecedented insight into the Red Terror that was unleashed against Lithuania and the stifling atmosphere of Soviet rule. As well as statues, visitors can see an impressive collection of documents, newspapers, propaganda posters, video footage and audio files from the time.
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
Just outside the northern city of Siauliai lies a small hill in the middle of farmland that has been crowned with around 100,000 crosses in all different sizes. There are tiny crosses, massive wooden crosses and crosses handcrafted from metal. Known as the Hill of Crosses (Kryziu Kalnas), it is both a pilgrimage site and a testament to Lithuanian strength and defiance under Soviet rule. It has come to represent the peaceful endurance of Lithuanian Catholicism in the face of so many threats throughout history.
Trakai Island Castle, Lithuania
Trakai Island Castle is like something from a fairy tale - there is nothing quite like admiring the view of the coral-coloured brick towers surrounded by moss-green trees as you cross the wooden bridge, with the castle's reflection glimmering in the surrounding waters of Lake Galve. The Gothic style castle is more than 600 years old and houses the impressive Trakai History Museum, which showcases a range of interesting exhibits including medieval weapons, chainmail, 19th-century embroidery and glassware and religious art. Trakai was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and with just one glimpse of the castle you can feel the majesty and splendour of this place. Less than an hour from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, this beautiful attraction is a favourite day trip from the city among travellers.
Baltic State History: The Definitive guide for Senior Travellers
History of the Baltic States The term “Baltic states”–used to describe the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania–is a geopolitical term, a shorthand to group together these three Northern European sovereign states. But though the…
Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Trains services link major cities, while bus services operate in nearly all towns and cities. Taxis are also available in cities, and can be flagged down in the street or can be ordered by phone.
In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.
Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.
Geography Environment & Weather
Lithuania is situated on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, and covers an area of 65,200 square kilometres. Lithuania’s terrain features rolling hills, marshes and lakes, and sprawling forests, with 32% of the country covered by forest.
Lithuania has a continental climate, with cold winters and mild summers. Temperatures often drop below freezing in winter, so depending on when you intend to travel, check the weather reports and prepare accordingly.
World Heritage sites
Lithuania has 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can view the official list of the sites here (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/lt). The listed sites include:
- Vilnius Historic Centre, the heart of old Vilnius featuring a dazzling array of historic buildings constructed in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles
- Kernavė Archaeological Site, a 194 hectare site which preserves hill forts, burial sites, and other archaelogical remains of Lithuania’s past
- Curonian Spit, a 98 km long sand dune peninsula featuring a unique geographical and cultural landscape
Festivals and events
One of the biggest events on Lithuania’s annual calendar is the Song Festival, held in Vilnius. Bringing together 30,000 singers from across Lithuania, the Song Festival features many folk songs native to Lithuania and unites the nation in song and harmony. Užgavėnės is an iconic festival that is held during the seventh week before Easter, whereupon revellers don mythologically-themed costumes, cook and eat traditional pancakes and burn an effigy of winter (‘morė’). Other notable occasions include Statehood Day, which commemorates the crowning of King Mindaugas in the 13th century, and All Saint’s Day in November, whereupon graves are cleaned and decorated with flowers and candles.
- History of Lithuania, by Alfredas Bumblauskas
- Experiencing Lithuania: 3rd Edition, by Columbia J. Warren
- Vilnius: City of Strangers, by Laimonas Briedis
- Whitehorn’s Windmill, by Kazys Boruta
Eating & Drinking
Befitting its cold climate, Lithuanina food is hearty and filling, with root vegetables, meat and starch all central to Lithuanian cuisine. Soup dishes are popular, including betroot soup, a warm soup made out of beetroot, onion, carrot, and meat stock, and chilled borscht, made out of betroot, kefir and hardboiled eggs. Potatoes are frequently employed as a key ingredient in savoury dishes, including potato pancakes, kugelis (a baked potato pudding often served with lingonberry jam or sour cream) and the national dish, cepelinai (dumplings made from a mixture of raw and cooked potato dough filled with pork meat and covered with sour cream and bacon sauce). Beer (alus) is the most common alcoholic beverage in Lithuania, while production and consumption of midus (a variety of mead made from honey) is said to go back thousands of years. Coffee and tea are also widely consumed, though both are usually served black.
Health and Safety
Generally speaking, Lithuania is very safe to travel in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.
Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. Lithuania’s electricity supply runs at 230V and 50Hz. Lithuania uses both the Type C and Type F electric plugs, so make sure you have the right travel adaptor with you.
The best of Lithuania
Trakai Island Castle
Trakai Island Castle, the regal island fortress situated in the middle of Lake GalvėRead More
Hill of Crosses
Hill of Crosses, the striking pilgrimage site north of Šiauliai featuring tens of thousands of crossesRead More
Grutas Park is a sculpture garden of over 100 Soviet-era statues and artefacts, providing an unprecedented insight into Soviet rule.Read More
Our guide Filiz was wonderful, very well informed, historical insights very helpful, her care for our well being exceptional. Could not have wished for a better tour leader.
Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour
Wife Brenda and I just completed Odyssey tour in UK entitled “Canals and Railways” led by Mal Bock. Absolutely superb, and Mal’s leadership faultless. Extremely good value considering only seven guests, superb local guides and drivers, a most comfortable coach with seating for 24. . Hotels chosen were excellent, most with real character, not places one would have chosen without local knowledge and recommendation, . My wife and I have visited the UK many times- I was born there, but we saw so many places which were new to us. Thank you Odyssey!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Canals and Railways in the Industrial Revolution Tour | Tours for Seniors in Britain
The country was apparently calm and safe. People were friendly and helpful. Such a pity there has been such a down turn in tourism. Ros & Tony S. Sep '17
Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour
Overall the trip was great and met my expectation.
Errol H. June 2017
Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour
We found all the guides in each place excellent, some more than others, but always knowledgeable and obviously in love with their chosen careers. David our coach driver was excellent also, coping with some difficult situations with a cool head and providing us with a running commentary on a country he knows so well - especially Norfolk his home county!
Sally and Angus H. June 2017
Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour
The geographical wonders offered by Iceland and Greenland left me in awe. The grandeur and spectacle of the countryside is breathtaking. Our leader (Rob) was excellent: well-researched, friendly, organized and good-humoured.
Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour
We felt safe in Turkey and found the people friendly and helpful. Prices were excellent and the food almost universally magnificent. There is so much to see in the natural and built environment and the wonderful archaeological sites. It is sad to see the ordinary people and businesses suffering from the lack of tourists. Mary B. Sep '17
Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour
I was impressed by the number of places we visited. It was a very full itinerary which I like. We saw things of interest every day. I see no fault with the tour.
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What time zone is Lithuania in?
Lithuania has a single time zone, Eastern European Time (UTC+2). Daylight savings begin on the last Sunday of March and conclude on the last Sunday of October
Is tipping customary?
If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you tip an appropriate amount for services.
What is the internet like?
Wifi should be freely available in most hotels, cafes and restaurants when travelling in Lithuania
Can I use my mobile phone in Lithuania?
Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Lithuania. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.
Articles about Lithuania published by Odyssey Traveller:
For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.
External articles to assist you on your visit to Lithuania:
The Guardian: An insider’s guide to Vilnius.
Responsible travel tips for Lithuania
- Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
- Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
- Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
- When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
- Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
- Before departing, make sure you have a number of Litai in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.