The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius
- Pickup available
- Duration: 1 day
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Directly after booking and the official booking confirmation I received another email from Anastassia (the tour company) directly. WOW, that's quite a service!! Asking me, where we should meet, or to pick me up wherever I am. As we are in the first days of June, the high season hasn't started yet. So I was lucky to be the only guest. Andrius, the tour guide picked me up exactly on time in the morning. We have been hiking then for two hours before Andrius prepared a campfire and a perfect picknick for lunch on the shore of a lake. After swimming in the lake we kept on hiking again. It was such a beautiful tour with great views from hills and a watch tower over so many lakes, that I lost track. I can highly recommend this tour for all people who love the nature and love to be outdoors. You can find a detailed report of this tour (in German language) and with a lot of photos on my travel blog: alla-on-tour.de/wandertour-im-aukstaitija-Nationalpark. Ačiū, Andruis, for a great tour and lo
The walking tour was absolutely amazing, especially when you wish to take a break from your busy life and enjoy the wild nature. If lucky, you may also see some animals like moose, water snake, squirrel etc. The guide is nice and professional. I missed my train to Visaginas and was late for an hour and half. The guide kindly helped to postpone the tour and picked me up from the bus station (we should have met in the train station) Overall, it was a super nice experience
The tour included the city's only remaining synagogue, cemeteries, a walk through the ghettos and visits to Holocaust hiding places. With these visits plus Tomas' knowledge and descriptions, we learned a great deal of the growth of this culture and its tragic end in Lithuania. If you are at all interested in history in general or Jewish history in particular, this tour is well worth your time.
Having a tour with Anton was just an amazing experience. We came without knowing what to expect and it was far above any other hikes we did. Anton showed us wonderful places, had prepared everything for us and shared stories. What else could we say than time flies when you are hiking in such a beautiful place with such a nice person. We would definitely recommend and do it again :)
Milda was an excellent guide--informed, open to questions and compassionate in her descriptions of the human achievement and struggle that occurred in the city.