The quirky charm of the southernmost Baltic country of Lithuania is sure to delight visitors of all ages. It’s most famous for the long Baltic coastline, with abundant natural flora and fauna and beautiful beaches such as Curonian Spit, a sand dune peninsula inhabited since prehistoric times and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head inland to the capital city of Vilnius, a creative and thriving cosmopolitan city, seamlessly blending its deep history with modern times following the independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. In addition, Lithuania is full of natural beauty and tons of sights to explore from natural parks to wetlands and rural villages.
FLIGHTS TO LITHUANIA
SAS flies to Lithuania via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route) from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington D.C. With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, Wi-Fi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
A VISIT TO THE CAPITAL OF VILNIUS
Lithuania's capital city of Vilnius is the perfect place to start your trip to the Baltic country. The Old Town is particularly impressive and charming, boasting the largest collection of Baroque architecture in Europe with more than 1,200 old buildings and numerous churches, squares and museums. The Cathedral Square is a must-see and don’t forget to visit the President's Palace where the President of Lithuania officially resides. The city’s small size allows it to be easily explored and the thriving student population adds to the energy, creativity and optimism of the constantly growing metropolis. Things have always been easy in the capital, however, from the KGB’s torture cells to the Jewish population’s extermination by the Nazis. But despite the horrors of the past, Vilnius continues to push forward, creating a new cultural identity with a thriving nightlife scene, glamorous restaurants and a variety of inexpensive attractions.
THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF TRAKAI AND THE KARAIMES
Travelling through Lithuania offers views of a beautiful landscape and multiple historical sights. Just west of Vilnius, you’ll find the medieval village of Trakai. The town is famous for it’s beautiful landscapes and legendary Trakai Castle, once an integral part of Lithuanian statehood. The surrounding nature is sure to impress, providing the perfect respite from busy city life to locals and visitors alike. Here you can also find the traditional culture known as the Karaimes—people who speak the Turkic language and have inhabited the peninsula since the 14th century, preserving the traditions and cuisines of the culture to today.
LUXURIOUS SANDY BEACHES IN PALANGA
Palanga is Lithuania’s most popular beach resort, both a quiet pensioner paradise in winter and a pounding nightlife destination in summer. The beach stretches for miles, backed by sand dunes and green scented pines. It has an air of the kitschy—with numerous arcade games, amusement parks, fast food joints, street musicians and vendors. Despite its touristic nature, Palanga is not without its unique charm. Wooden houses dot the landscape and there are plenty of opportunities to take a breath of fresh air, either while sunbathing or during a nice stroll along the beach. Furthermore, there are particularly good chances of finding beautiful pieces of amber along the coast of Palanga.
NATURAL PARK IN LITHUANIA
Lithuania is home to five different impressive natural parks: Dzukija, Aukstaitija, Curonian Spit, Samogitia and Trakai historic reserve. Aukstaitija National Park is most famous for its crystal clear lakes, hilly terrain, abundance of greenery and unspoiled nature. Hike along one of the ethnographic villages and enjoy some of the locally produced honey. A visit to Samogitia National Park offers plenty of activities—bicycling, diving, swimming, fishing, bird watching and many types of water sports. Visit the Plateliai Lake or head to the little towns, which features traditional handiworks from the local craftsmen. In addition, Dzukija National Park is the largest protected area in Lithuania, home to a number of Stone Age sites, traditional villages and craftsmen practicing traditional skills such as black pottery, knitting, or weaving on the loom.