Vilnius is a charming European city with so much history & culture to experience. You only need days in Vilnius to get the full experience & we'll show you exactly how. This itinerary is action-packed with all of the best Vilnius attractions.There are so many reasons to visit Vilnius that I don't even know where to start! Vilnius is the Capital of Lithuania - a relatively young European nation that didn't become independent until the 90s. Lithuania is a tiny Baltic country with warm, welcoming, people (most of which speak English). Since most Lithuanians speak English, it's pretty easy to get around Vilnius. You can easily reach Vilnius from its international airport.
In Vilnius, there is so much incredible history to discover. The entire Old Town neighborhood is designated a World Heritage site. It sets itself apart with many Baroque features. Although, there's much more to Vilnius than Medieval history. The Lithuanian nation has unique roots in Paganism and the ruling class of Grand Dukes. Besides museums and architecture, Vilnius offers many scenic lookouts and distinct attractions.
You can expect excellent coffee and healthy breakfast options in a modern dining space. Next, head to Vilnius Town Hall Square to meet up with your tour group. You've got to book the Vilnius with Locals Old Town & Uzupis Tour. It's a free walking tour of historic Vilnius & it's most unique micro-community Uzupis. You can book online in advance, but there's no need to. Tours depart daily from the Vilnius Town Hall at 10 AM and 12 PM.This walking tour was the absolute best thing we did in Vilnius! The guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We learned so much about Vilnius that we'll never forget. I highly recommend it to anyone. It is operated on tips, so it can fit any budget. Uzupis is one of the best places to see in Vilnius. I didn't know much about it until we went on this tour. It's quite a romantic place. Uzupis is a small artist neighborhood across the River Vilnia that considers itself an independent nation. It has its own constitution and president.
Cathedral Square is one of the most dramatic places in Vilnius. Right away, you'll notice the massive Neo-Classical Vilnius Cathedral and Bell Tower. Skip the Bell Tower climb here, they'll be plenty of other scenic lookout opportunities.Walk around Cathedral Square and you'll notice the Palace of the Grand Dukes & the National Museum of Lithuania. The Vilnius Cathedral is also essentially a living museum. It has impressive frescoes & age-old altarpieces. From Cathedral Square, you'll also be able to appreciate Gediminas Castle Tower. Notice it up on the hill. Also, make sure to find the Magical Brick! This red tile in Cathedral Square grants wishes. Stand on the tile, close your eyes, turn around 3 times & make a wish.
Trakai Island Castle is one of the top places to visit in Lithuania. It's only a 30-minute drive from Vilnius. You could rent a car, but you don't have to! The Marijampolė Bus Route takes you from the Vilnius Bus Station to Trakai (with only 2 stops).Trakai Island was home to a massive castle complex in the 14th Century. At that time, Trakai was central to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. After many epic battles, the castle fell into disrepair and lay barren for hundreds of years. It wasn't until after WW II that reconstruction work on the castle could begin. Trakai castle has been beautifully reconstructed. On the grounds, there is also a museum where you can see how people actually lived in the castle during Medieval times.
Days in Vilnius, Lithuania: your perfect Vilnius itinerary
February 16, 2021