WALKING TOUR AUKSTAITIJA NATIONAL PARK
6 days/ 5 nights
Price depends on the hotel category/ number of people traveling/ season/ language of guide
Return airport transfer & transfer to Aukstaitija National park & transfer from Ginuciai to Utenas lake
Aukstaitija National park entrance fee
Accommodation at the hotels/ homesteads
Rent of kayak (one for two people), life jacket
Hand GPS for route tracking.
The Aukštaitija National Park is famous for splendid clean interconnected lakes, ethnographic villages, expressive land surface forms, abundance of forests, and harmony of nature. 126 lakes, hilly surface. The most impressive is the Šiliniškės crest, which, together with the mounds of Ginučiai and Papiliakalnė and the Ladakalnis Hill, is one of the most beautiful observation stations in Lithuania
Day 1 Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Free time to explore Vilnius. Overnight.
Private 3 h. Vilnius city tour with English speaking guide. The tour will introduce you to the rich history of Lithuanian capital and reveal the charm of the city‘s heart. Variety of architectural styles, cozy alleys and yards, each hiding a legend behind will make you fall in love with Vilnius. Price includes : English speaking guide, entrance tickets: Gediminas castle & funicular. Price: 45 EUR/ person.
Beer degustation & lunch. Have a short tour in Lithuanian beer restaurant – brewery, try 5 different kinds of beer, hot dish from a selected menu & traditional Lithuanian beer snacks. Price: 45 EUR/ person
Amber Spa. The exclusive amber massage center „Nidos kopos“ offers massages and other treatments cherishing beauty, health and inner harmony. The procedures use only the Baltic amber valued throughout the world for being free of heavy metals, with amber acid and amber oil. We invite you to choose a gift for your body and soul from the list:
Day 2 VILNIUS – GEOGRAPHICAL CENTER OF EUROPE – PALUSE (by car)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Aukstaitija National Park with en route stop at the geographical center of Europe. In 1989 French scientists has measured that the geographical center of Europe is located in Lithuania, 26 km away from capital Vilnius. Here you can see the statue marking Lithuania’s entry to European Union. Continue to the center of Aukstaitija National park – Paluse. Accommodation in a homestead.
Paluse. The church of Palūšė, built in 1750, is considered to be the oldest surviving wooden church in Lithuania. The church is constructed of wood and was built without using nails, saws, or axes. Here you can also visit exposition of Stone Age settlement.
3 options for walking tours (departure point – Paluse, return point – Paluse):
3,5 km Botanic Path. Learn about meadow, swamp and other local plants as well as mushrooms, mosses.
10 km route, visiting wooden sculpture park, Gaveikenai watermill & Fishing museum.
Optional: Tree cake (sakotis) making workshop in Strigailiskis village. Price: 85 EUR/ person.
12 km route, visiting surrounding lakes and mounds.
Return to Paluse for overnight.
Day 3 PALUSE – GINUCIAI (20 km, hiking)
Breakfast at the homestead. Morning departure from Paluse to Ginuciai. Aukstaitija National park is being called Venice of Lithuania. You will be able to experience it today! The path goes along beautiful lakes and forests as well as settlements, which has kept traditional elements worth discovering. Along the route you will pass mounds, Ladakalnis (great view), Ginuciai water mill.
Arrival to Ginuciai for overnight at a homestead.
Day 4 GINUCIAI – STRIPEIKIAI – GINUCIAI (15 km, hiking)
Breakfast at the homestead. Walking tour in Ginuciai surroundings. You will see Papliausas stream, Pakasas watermill and Siliniske crest. The main object of the route - Stripeikiai Ancient Beekeeping museum.
Return to Ginuciai for overnight.
Day 5 KAYAKING UTENAS lake- BUKA river – GINUCIAI (16 km kayaking)
Day for water activities! Kayaking! UTENAS lake- BUKA river – GINUCIAI (16 km kayaking)
Breakfast at the homestead. Car pick up at the homestead in Ginuciai. Transfer to Utenas lake. here your water adventures starts! 16 km kayaking in lake and river. Enjoy the natural scenery & ethnographic villages.
Return to Ginuciai for overnight.
Day 6 Breakfast. Transfer back to Vilnius airport. Departure.