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Things to do in Vilnius Old Town

Our most recommended things to do in Vilnius Old Town

Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

1. Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

Vilnius is a beautiful city, renowned for it's green spaces and Baroque architecture. It is also a very old city with lots of history, which nuances are best presented by a local Lithuanian. We recommend starting your tour where the history of the city began 10,000 years ago at the Cathedral Square. Other meeting points in the Old town would also work, however this one is recommended. Walking through important buildings, streets and other objects you will find out how Lithuania emerged from the swamps to become a self-sufficient country, how it came to its fall, what was the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

Vilnius: City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

2. Vilnius: City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

Hop on a bike and explore the beautiful town of Vilnius with a guide. On this bike tour, learn about the history of Vilnius, ride down Gedimino Avenue from the Old Town to Zverynas District, and get that perfect photo from the Subaciaus observation deck. Meet your guide in the Old Town and pick up your helmet and bike. Follow the winding streets of Vilnius' Old Town, pausing to admire the many famous sights in this Unesco World Heritage area. As you bike, learn about Vilnius' fascinating history, from its medieval era triumphs to the 20th-century occupations and its successful fight for independence. As you bike down Gedimino Avenue, the main street of Vilnius, you can see how the city has grown. Before arriving in the Zverynas district, enjoy a break on the Cathedral Square near the stunning Gedimino Tower. Continue to the Subaciaus observation deck, admire the Old Town's beautiful architecture, and snap the perfect picture of Paupys and Uzupis.

Sightseeing Tour around Vilnius City and Trakai Castle

3. Sightseeing Tour around Vilnius City and Trakai Castle

Discover the main objects of Vilnius city and surroundings, such as: The Classic Town Hall, the  bohemian Uzupis district (visiting the Angel of freedom, the Constitution), the Gothic St.Anne's Church and its famous Gothic ensemble, the magnificent Cathedral Square, old Vilnius University, and baroque masterpieces of the 17th century - Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Then you will drive to the surrounding area and visit Pavilniai Regional Park and see its wonderful panoramic Puckoriai exposure, Authentic Exile Memorial, the crazy Tuputiskiai serpentine, and the literary Markuciai Manor, also known as A.Pushkin Museum. Afterwards, you will see a panoramic view of Vilnius from Subacius hill.  The second part of the tour is dedicated to the Trakai district. The first stop is Paneriai Memorial Park and Museum, which commemorates the brutal events that occurred during WWII. Then you will arrive to Trakai town, where you'll have free time for lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try traditional Karaites dishes like 'kibinai' (pastries filled with mutton and onion). The excursion continues to Trakai Castle, which was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political center, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania.  At the end of the tour, you'll drive back to Vilnius and be dropped off at your hotel at 17:00.

Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

4. Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

On this Jewish heritage tour, learn about the lives and history of the Jews in Vilnius. Enjoy a rich introduction to Vilnius' Jewish past with a local guide in either a small group or a private tour. Meet your local guide to set out towards the heart of Vilnius. Walkthrough the old town for an introduction to the city's Jewish history. At Vilnius Synagogue learn about the history of the Jews in Lithuania before and after WWII. Discuss with your guide the unspoken prohibition of Jewish religious life and constant supervision by the Soviet state security authority. See how the synagogue remained the heart of the city’s Jewish life. From the synagogue, continue with your guide to the Jewish Information Center and see an impressive collection of Jewish history in Vilnius. Afterward, head to the memorials of Vilna Gaon and Jacob Gens. Hear about their very memorable personalities. Stroll the streets of Vilnius' old town to see Yiddish inscriptions, authentic statues, and plaques dedicated to local Jews. During your tour, talk about the Holocaust in Lithuania as you head to Zemach Shabad memorial.

Vilnius: Old Town and Uzupis Tour

5. Vilnius: Old Town and Uzupis Tour

Meet your guide at the heart of the old town for a personalized tour of Vilnius. Learn about the history and culture of this interesting city and finish off your visit taking in the laid-back atmosphere of Uzupis. Starting at the Palace of the Grand Dukes, you'll continue on to Vilnius Cathedral and its neo-classical façade and unique, free-standing bell tower. Explore the streets of the old town and hear stories about the city's past, learning how it became Lithuania's capital. Learn about Grande Duke Gediminas; the city's founder. Get a panoramic view of the city from St. John's Church. Discover and learn about other sights such as St. Anne's Church, the Basilian Gate, and the Gates of Dawn. Dive into Uzupis, a village that declared independence from Vilnius, it's name meaning 'the other side of the river.' Finish off your tour taking in its relaxed atmosphere and checking out the street art.

Vilnius: Private City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

6. Vilnius: Private City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

Hop on a bike and explore the beautiful town of Vilnius with a guide. On this bike tour, learn about the history of Vilnius, ride down Gedimino Avenue from the Old Town to Zverynas District, and get that perfect photo from the Subaciaus observation deck. Meet your guide in the Old Town and pick up your helmet and bike. Follow the winding streets of Vilnius' Old Town, pausing to admire the many famous sights in this Unesco World Heritage area. As you bike, learn about Vilnius' fascinating history, from its medieval era triumphs to the 20th-century occupations and its successful fight for independence. As you bike down Gedimino Avenue, the main street of Vilnius, you can see how the city has grown. Before arriving in the Zverynas district, enjoy a break on the Cathedral Square near the stunning Gedimino Tower. Continue to the Subaciaus observation deck, admire the Old Town's beautiful architecture, and snap the perfect picture of Paupys and Uzupis.

Surprising Walking Red Light District Tour in Vilnius

7. Surprising Walking Red Light District Tour in Vilnius

Did you know that Vilnius had a Red Light District? Many men used to come to meet beautiful women in luxurious buildings. What is the history of prostitution in Vilnius? Your professional local guide will tell you facts and stories about the oldest profession in the world – prostitution. You will find out if the Red Light District is still operating nowadays. What sins are hiding in the streets of Vilnius? Find out more about the hidden aspect of the cultural life in Vilnius. Let yourself be surprised and explore Vilnius in a unique way!

Vilnius: 1-Day Bike Rental

8. Vilnius: 1-Day Bike Rental

See the highlights of Vilnius or discover hidden spots only known to locals with this easy-to-use bike rental service. Have the freedom to see the city at your own pace as your cruise along the well-maintained bike paths. Pickup your bike at the tour provider's office which is conveniently located by the Lithuanian Parliament and Cathedral Square. Let the staff adjust the high quality bike to your size and fit you with a helmet. Use the city map to make getting around the city a breeze. Pack all your valuables away in a locker before setting off on your adventure around the city. Ride along the river Neris, peddle around the Old town, and go through the bohemian Uzupis district. Admire the wooden architecture of the Snipiskes and Zverynas areas. Nature lovers can peddle around Pavilniu regional park which is only 15-20 min from the city center. Feel secure knowing that you can get assistance by contacting the tour provider. Return to the tour office to return your bike.

Discover Vilnius Tour

9. Discover Vilnius Tour

The tour starts from your centrally located hotel or other pick-up point. Firstly, you will visit famous spots in Vilnius' old town: the Town Hall, old Vilnius University and Presidential Palace, magnificient Cathedral Square, Gediminas Avenue, gothic St Anne's Church and Bernardine's Church. Afterwards go to the bohemian area - another "republic" of Lithuania - Užupis.   There you will visit the angel and the constitution. The tour continues as you visit  St. Peter and St. Pauls Church, the Puckoriai geological monument, the exile memorial and Markučiai manor. At the end you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Vilnius on the hill of Subačius followed by a drop off at your hotel or other centrally located place. 

Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Catacombs Tour

10. Vilnius: 2.5-Hour Catacombs Tour

Have you ever wondered what a mysterious underground world may exist under your feet while walking throughout the streets of Old Town in Vilnius? Through its long history Vilnius has been repeatedly plagued by fires and wars. The houses in the Old Town were rebuilt several times throughout the last decades, but some of the underground parts have remained since the old times. During this tour, the history of Vilnius will be presented as it remains in the catacombs. You will see peculiarities of house cellars in the Old Town. You will have a unique possibility to see the place where one of the most beautiful historical women of Lithuania is buried. You will visit the crypt where the most powerful and well-known Lithuanian leaders are buried. Video projections will transfer you to a particular period. It will help you to visualize the image of Katedra’s catacombs in ancient times. One more innovation is a three-dimensional hologram. It is an allusion to a valuable and lost reliquary. The whole tour on foot will be guided by a professional guide. 

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What people are saying about Vilnius Old Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 77 reviews

The tour with Ugnis was excellent. She showed up very punctually at the agreed meeting point and guided us very competently through the old town. She not only told something about the buildings and the history of Lithuania, but also told personal things. After a little over two hours we had traversed the old town and were rewarded with a great view of the city. The tips for restaurants and pubs were great. Finally, praise for a very excellent German.

Our guide, Ugne, was incredibly knowledgeable about the city, and the tour was really informational! Would definitely recommend taking this tour if you’re looking to get to know Vilnius better.

Ugne was a perfect guide. She has a lot of knowledge about the Vilnius and she is excited to share this with tourists. She is committed to making sure tourists have a memorable experience.

Our early morning tour was excellent. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about he home town. Many unknown treasures to explore and experience!

Beautiful, entertaining and very interesting tour with a great guide. Thanks