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Dear Traveler, we want to introduce to You our exceptional, breathing with history Lithuanian Manor House Tour. Here You will wander in the labyrinth of memories and legends which you will never forget. Visit Lithuanian Manors and hear its warm and timeless tales filled with Medieval and Renaissance spirit. On this tour you will see fire show, shooting with flaming arrows, participate in the photoshoot when dressed in authentic medieval clothes. Also you will hunt a trasure and listen to ancient music. Come and experience the best of Lithuanian Manor Tour!
All inclusive Tour
7 days / 6 nights
Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to newly opened Art Hotel „Moongarden“ 4*. Free time to explore the capital of Lithuania. One of the largest medieval old towns in Northern Europe, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vilnius Old Town is packed with beautiful buildings, eclectic shops, picturesque churches and elegant palaces. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Vilnius.
Morning departure to the Babtynas –Zemaitkiemis Manor. Established in 16th century the manor has changed many owners and only 4,5 buildings out of 20 has survived. Later proceed to Kedainiai – one of the oldest cities of the country, having the cosiest Old Town in Lithuania. Lunch. Drive to the Baisiogala Manor. Built in 18th century, it is famous for exceptional style and the park. The last stop at wooden Palukstis Manor, which now is turned into a homestead . Fire show and dinner. Overnight.
Breakfast at Palukstis Manor. After breakfast, dressed in authentic medieval clothes and armors, you will have a chance to fire a real medieval cannon. Later – visit to Neo-Renaissance Vilkenas Manor and impressive water-mill. Aferwards get to see nearby Sveksna Manor - one of the most beautiful ensemble in the North of Lithuania.Lunch. After lunch Kretinga an Palanga Manors are waiting for you. Kretinga Manor now is turned into a museum with a Winter Garden and beautiful park, while Palanga Manor hosts an Amber Museum. In the evening – trip to the hotel Radailiai Estate. Dinner and overnight
Užutrakis manor ensemble was created in 1897-1902 by count Józef Tyszkiewicz and his wife duchess Jadwiga Swiętopułk-Czetwertyńska. The Tyszkiewicz family owned Užutrakis manor until the beginning of World War II in 1939. When the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania in 1940, Užutrakis manor was nationalized. After the war the manor became a sanatorium for soviet security officers. Later a Pioneer camp, a rest home and a national tourism company worked there. In 1995 Užutrakis manor was entrusted to Trakai Historical National Park Management.
Mixed style Užutrakis Park, formed on a peninsula between Galvė and Skaistis lakes, was planned as a water park. Over 20 ponds, connecting with each other and with lakes of Trakai, were arranged in Užutrakis. As the level of lakes dropped during the century, the ponds in the central part of the park ran dry. Some of the ponds were destroyed during the soviet period by filling them up with soil. Only one pond, connected to Lake Galvė by a canal, survived. On the shores of this canal artificial cliffs are formed. The pond used to separate the representational part of the manor from the economical. The road that goes to the palace was called "The Potato Road" and was mostly used for economic purposes. The owners of Užutrakis and their guests used to reach the palace by water, not by land.
Buriškis Manor is located in Anykščiai Regional Park, near Rubikiai Lake, 8 km away from Anykščiai. Standing on a scenic left benk of Anykščiai River, the elegant palace can be seen from far- it is an architectural monument of the 19th century, a neoclassical era gem, fascinating us with its subtlety and elegance. A graciously designed local park, a home for more than 30 species of tree and bushes, blends into the landscape as an oasis of peacce and tranquility. Burbiškis Manor House, built in 1853 by the Lihuanian - Polish noble family, Venclovavičiai, remains one of the most beautiful example of its sort in Anykščiai region. The whole manor estate has been granted a status of Burbiškis Landscape Architecture Reserve and is included in the European Heritage Sites list. Please do not confuse thus manor with another two of the same name: Burbiškis manor in Radviliškis district where annual tulip blooming festivities take place, and a manor in Burbiškis, Raseiniai district.
One of the most impressive things which are in the Manor it is the Cigar Room. In the cigar room, you can enjoy the highest- quality cigars from Cuba. Professional service, privacy and cosy surroundings will allow each visitor to relax and enjoy a true taste and smell of a cigar. Cuban music and a wide choice of rum and other exquisite drinks is all it takes to spend a calm evening in the company of your friends.
In addition to the possibility of a quiet rest, there is a chance to take a part in the following recreational activities in Anykščiai district:
The visitors wishing to know more about the history of the Manor can go on a tour, during which they will be told the story of Burbiškis Manor and its surroundings, will see the Manor's rooms and halls and will have the chance to sit down behind the desk of the primary school which operated in the Manor a while ago. A profesional guide will tell stories and rumors about the former life in the Manor and will take you to the observation tower and other impressive places of the Manor.
Dinner for Two
If you wish a delight your beloved one by arranging a night in an exclusive environment, Burbiškis Manor is the best place to make your wish come true. Romantic dinner served in the Chinoiserie Hall only for you two, cosy apartments, attentive and nice service will bring you many positive emotions and will help you to break away from your daily routine.
Conferences for the private and public sector. There are coordinate and provide catering services for the conference participants.
You can enjoy exclusive comfort in spacious apartments. Each of them have bathrooms with showers and luxurious baths. Here, you will feel at home surrounded by luxury which has both an aura of history and modernity.
The Plungė manor has been mentioned since 1565. The governors of Plungė manor kept chnging from the 16th century, this landhilding remained an important residence of aristocrats, clergymm, talented culture and art creators unlit the early 20th century. Plungė and all landholdings were sold to count Platon Zubov in 1806. In 1873, the Zubov familysold the manor to the duke Mykolas Oginskis. The duke built the curren-day manor in the northern art of the park. The building was designed by a German arcitect Karl Lorenz. The manor was solemnly blessed in 1879. The central building was built in neo-renaissance style which was fashion at the time. Ffrom then on Plungė Manor had its heyday.
Continuing musical traditions of the Oginskai family, the duke established an orchestra school in the manor where the famous Lithuanian painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis studied.
The famous Plungė park was established at around the moddle of the eighteenth century. The area of the park is about 143 acres (apx. 0.6 km2).
Oak of the Thunder God
In the borders of the manor park, grows a huge oak, called the oak of the Thunder God, or Perkūnas in Lithuaniaa, from ancient pagan beliefs. Legend tells that priestess Galinda stoked a sacred fire near this oak. One day her lover went forth to war against the Crusaders to defend his homeland nation. Sadly, he never returned. The chief priest, seeing Galinda's tears and heartache, began to teach her that only a sacred fire can quench her earthly pain. Once, when Galnda wes weeping under the oak, a thunded struck the tree. Oak shook greatly, some soil has poured into its trunk- and soon the flower of incredible beauty has sprouted out of the trunk of the oak. Since then people started to call it on behalf of Thunder God. Some believe that the huge oak thta grows in the park is the same one from the legend. It was declared a National Monument.
Samogitian Art Museum (Žemaičiai Art Museum)
The Samogitian Art Museum (Žemaičiai Art Museum) operating in Mykolas Oginskis Palace since 1994 has collected and exhibited museum valuables reflecting the historical variety of the Samogitina region, and has preserved and cherihed the traditions of Mykolas Oginskis Manor. Expositions invite the visitors to learn about the pieces of the 20th-21st century professional fine arts which were granted to the museum by the Samogitian artists living in Lithuania and abroad.
Sveksna Manor complex is located near a small river Sveksnale in Silute district, Sveksna sub district. Manor house is in a center of Sveksna town, near neo-gothic church of St.Jacob. This church and Manor house are combined by a unique two arches viaduct.
Sveksna Manor house is mentioned from the fiftheenth century, town - since 1509. In 1880 Adomas Pliateris built here Sveksna Manor villa (which remains until our days), in honor of his wife and named it "Genovaite".
During World War I, after the departure of Pliateriai, Sveksna Manor was overpowered by German officers, who damaged bildings, destroyed and broke the famous Manor "zoo".
In 1918, Lithuanian Independence era, Jurgis Pliateris came back from Russia to Sveksna and lived here until the beginning of Sovietizatio. Jurgis Pliateris had a tragic fate- he was exiled. He died in exile, buried in an unkown grve. Manor house was destroyed a lot in 1940. Bolshevik activists creating a fire in a park, burned all Sveksna Manor archive, lbrary books. Destroyed many valuable works of art.
According with the law, villa "Genovaite" was returned to Aleksandras Pliateris wie - Countess Felicija Laimė Broel - Pliaterienė in 2001. She fixed all Mnaor buildings and park - restored the palace and estalished a mseum.
Villa "Genovaite" is decorated with plaster moldings and paintings. Elegant banquet hall with four columns, rich marbling, stucco, painting. Beams between the
columns and the roof is deocrated with friezes of 30 sculptures of women heads. Figure of ancient goddess Flora is painted in the center of the ceilling. At the side - cupids strewing flowers, bearing garlands and playing with pigeons. Sveksna Manor park with 9.5 hectares green area, is one of the most beautiful parks in Lithuania. There are many native and exotic tre species in this park, here you can find sundial, decarative vases, sculpture of the goddess Diana. The vibrancy of the park is provided by a few ponds, small river.
Up to date you can find here small park architecture: the central gate of the fence, garden fence gate with stone remains, ancient Roman hunting goddess Diana statue in the larger pond on the island. The newky restored sundial, a vase on a pedestal, round observation deck with railing, stairs with vases, St Mary sculpture, "Angel of Freedom", footbriges.
Today in villa "Genovaite" you can take a ride in a brougham, organize a photo shoot, a buffet or weddings.Also, there are catering and accommodation as serivces as well. There are offered tables and the other equipment for a photo shoot.
The Palanga Manor or Tyszkiewicz Palace is a Neo-Renaissance style building in Palanga, Lithuania, built for the Tyszkiewicz family. The construction was started n 1893 and finished in 1897. The palace is surrounded bya park wth ponds, fountains, and collections of rare plants. Since 1963 the palace has housed the Palanga Amber Museum and is surrounded by the Palanga Botanical Garden.
The museum's collection of amber comprises about 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusion of insects, spiders, or plants. About 4,500 pieces of amber are exhibited; many of these are items of artwork and jewelry. The museum holds the third largest amber specimen in Europe, the "Sun Stone", weighing over 3.5 kilograms, which has been stolen twice. The cultural and artistic exhibits of museum currently include a 15th-century ring, a 16th-century cross, and amber jewelry from the past four centuries, as well as number of modern decorations.
The exhibition areas open to the public include 15 rooms covering about 750 square meters; a chapel connected to the palace houses temporary exhibitions. The museum is thematically divided into the scientific and cultural/artistic aspects of amber.
The first floor is dedicated to displays that illustrate the formation and composition of amber. Amber in the area arose from deltaic deposits of rivers flowing from Fennoscandio in the Eocene Period, about 40 to 45 million years ago. The processes via which resin is changed into amber by microorganisms, oxidation, and polymerization are illustrated. Samples of microdrops and microicicles (i.e. "amber within amber") are among the displayed items. Amber from other areas world is also part of the collection.
The cultural and artistic exhibits include a 15th-century ring, a 15th-century cross, and amber jewelry from the past four centuries, as well as a number of rosaries, cigarette holders, and decorative boxes. The missing amber artifacts thta were dated to the Neolithic era have been reconstructed by archeologists. Selections of modern amber work are part of the collection, including pieces by the Lithuanian artists Horstas Taleikis, Dionyzas Varkalis, Jonas Urbonas, and others.
The gardens surrounding the museum cover about 100 hectraes. They were designed by the French landscape architect and botanist Edouard Andre and his son Rene Eduard Andre, assisted by the Belgian gerdener Buyssen de Coulon. Local historians have estimated that they originally cantained about 500 varities of trees and shrubs, some brought from gardens in Berlin. About 250 imported and 370 native plant species are now represented at the park; 24 of these are included in Lithuanian's 1992 list of endangered species. Pine and fir trees adapted to the sandy soil predominate.
The park features a rose grden, greenhouse, rotunda, a sculpture of Eglė, the Queen of Serpents, a Holocaust memorial, ponds, ans gazebos;during the summer it hosts concerts and festivals. It contains an ancient forested sand dune, known as Birutė's Hill,topped witha chapel dedicated to Saint George, that was built in 1869. According to legend, this dune in the place wher Grand Duke of Lithuania Kęstutis met his wife Borutė, a pagan pristress, and where she is supposed to have interred in 1382; it has been a pilgrimage site ever since.
Kretinga Manor was built in the 15th - early 16th century. Count Tyszkiewicz bought it from Mikalojus Zubovas in 1875 and it became the family's residence. He beautified the buildings futher by adding a glassed conservatory a faux cliff and cascading waterfall, the walls were decorated with corals. It was the most famous winter garden in Lithuania.
In 1992, the restored buildings became home to the Kretinga Museum which has archeological, numismatic, and old Lithuanian folk art and ethnographical expositions. There is regular rotation of contemporary art also. Regional tourist information is also available. The buildings host various events and may be rented for conferences and seminars. The winter garden has a cafe.
The manor's location had always provided sheltet from maritime wind in the areas. Its moders history is said to have begun when the bishop of Vilnius, Ignacy Massalski, planted fruit trees there in the late 18th century. In 1874 the land was purchased in an auction by Count Tyszkiewicz. In the course of creating a family manor, he converted the existing residence into a palace, built the orangery, now known as the Winter Garden, and re-landscaped the grounds. The landscaping included cascading ponds, a waterfall, arbors, fountains, sculptures, and parterres.
The idea of turning the manor into a museum is credited to Juozas Žilvitis: thr Kretinga Museum Committee was established in 1935. The garden was completely destroyed during World War II. In 1940 the museum became a branch of the Kaunas State Museum (now the Vytautas the Great War Museum). In 1987 the greenhouse was rebuilt, since 1998 the Kretinga Estate Park Friends Club has been a co-sponsors.
Exibits and expositions
The exibits portraying the life of the Tyszkiewicz family occupy seven halls, and contain family portraits, furniture, photographs, household objects, and paintings. The folk art exibits contain textile art and works of kryždarbiai, the traditional Lithuanian art of fashioning crosses. Household articles include tools and furnitureused during various eras.
Recent exhibitions have featured jewelry, ceramics, printed matter of historic interest, and folk costumes. The gardens and the orangery, which contains a cafe, are frequently updated. The museum sponsors concerts, scientific and research projects, holiday special a "Tree Feast", and folk dance presentations.
Vasaknos Manor is a perfect destination for romantic gateways. Once built and owned by the most influential noble families of Lithuanina - Radvilos (Radziwill), Pliateriai (Plater), Tiskeviciai (Tyszkiewicz) - today Vasaknos Manor is a popular wedding and event destination among those looking for authenticity, quality, and beautiful landscape. Unique architecture combines the antique stone and brick walls with oak constructions, glass, and granite in a beautiful connection between the past and the present.
Vasaknos Manor ensemble includes a reconstructed Manor and a brewery, which had already existed in the 18th c., a lakeside sauna, a park with ponds and paths, preserved substructures of stabling and the original palace.
Vasaknos & Radvilos Family
In 1505 the Manir was bought by Radvilos (Polish name is Radziwill) - one os the richest families in Europe at the time. Vasaknos Manor was one of Jonas I Radvila favourites. His grandchildren rebuilt the original and other buildings to be used for rent. While the estate owned by Radvilos was decreasing in XVII c., they kept Vasaknos Manor the longest.
Vasaknos & Plater Family
In 1719, the Manor was bought out by Plateriai (Plater) Family. The first owner was Count Ferdindas Pliateris. Plateriai owned the Manor for over a hundred years.
Vasaknos & Tiskeviciai Family
Around 1828 Vasaknos Manor was taken over by Count Jonas Mykolas Tiskevicus (Polish name is Tyszkiewicz). However, secceding inheritors lived in Poland and the abandoned Manor was doomed for decay.
Vasaknos in XX century
World War I marked the beginning of the tragic period for the Manor. The buildings were abandoned, and once Lithuania was occupied and integrated into the Soviet Union, the Manor rotted away to its foundation.
Vasaknos Manor today
In 2003 the Manor of Vasaknos was acquired by its current owners, who, with the financial support from European Union Structural Funds, have brought it back to life. Today the Manor ensemble is composed of a barn (the building that has been rebuilt), servant house (a brewery today), stabling, the ruins of the original Manor and a park, which has been announced a national heritage site.
Also, there a lot of activities in the Manor. There is a chance to participate in an authentic beer tasting session and an excursion of the brewery, organize a sports competition in the centuries-old Manor park, enjoy a refreshing soup made over fire at a pergole overlooking the lake, relax at a steam sauna, and refresh by swimming in the lake.
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One of the most beautiful places in the Historical Regional Park of Dieveniškės is the castle of Norviliškės. The monumental castle built in the 16th century is a pearl of history and archeology. Unique, authentically restored Renaissance castle of Norviliškės shines like a diamond in the crown of Lithuanian castles. Once forgotten majestic building was raised to live a new life. The castle stands in unique corner of Lithuania - Norviliškės (Šalčininkai district) which is deeply ploughed into the territory of Belarus.
There are numerous historical facts and legends about the Norviliškės castle. It is known, that the castle was built by a wealthy Prussian merchant Vaitiekus Šorcas in the place of an old manor in the beginning of the 16th century. He fell in love with the local beauty, Countess Darata Zienovičiūtė. It was because of her brave warrior from Mariemburg decided to stay in the Great Duchy of Lithuania. The newlyweds bought the old manor by their own means. They built their dream castle, somehow alluding Italy. But their happy life was not long. Vaitiekus perished in the battlefield, and Darata became a widow. After her husband’s death Darata brought Franciscan monks from Vilnius and gave them Norviliškės estate. Turbulent events made their way into the history, and in 1832 the monastery was closed and monks moved to the Franciscan monastery in Naugardukas. The church was also closed. Tsarist government took the Norviliškės monastery, church and other buildings. After some time the wooden church was dismantled, logs brought to Alšėnai and used to build an Orthodox church.
By the way, the inventory of 1933 says that the monks hid a large sum in silver and gold when the monastery was closed. It says that the treasure was hidden somewhere near the church and monastery. Nobody has found the treasure as well as the legendary tunnel from Norviliškės to Alšėnai. Only the tunnel from the castle to the belfry was found.
Today the castle is open for tourists, conference attendants and people, who want to relax and have fun. In the Norviliškės Castle you can organise conferences, parties, theme evenings, wedding and baptizing parties, knights’ shows, concerts and performances to our guests, invite them to the restaurant and offer wide range of active leisures like: Axes and Knives Throwing Competition, Horse Riding, Painting a Picture, Tree Climbing, Adventurous Orienteering, Night Adventurous Orienteering, Shooting at Clay Pigeons (Trap Shooting), Shooting Bows and Crossbows at a Target, Shooting Wild Animals with the Bow, Field hockey, Relay – race and many more. Also, there are a lot of different showc and music concerts like:Knight’s show, Fire show, Shooting with the burning arrows, Cannon installation, Ancient dances, The concert of ancient music, Dance Lessons, Popular music concerts (Be togerther), Skrabalai, The tasting of wine, mead, cognac, brandy and beer, Illusionists Shows, The show of Chocolate making, Fireworks and others.
Moreover, there is a chance to get unusual dinner - "Sunday dinner". Renewing the “Sunday Dinner” traditions in Norviliskiu castle, this year we offer our guests a special 3 hour program. During this program You will have an opportunity to taste exclusive nobleman’s dishes, get acquainted with medieval meal traditions, games, the history of the castle and it’s surroundings.If you have little one’s not think twice about taking them with you – we’ve prepared a special program for them. The Master of the castle named Pilėnas and merry, medieval dinner will wait for You in the castle every Sunday from 2 pm and leave You an indelible impression.
Bistrampolis manor – it is a part of our countryside historical memory and national culture. The current generation feels a sense of responsibility for continuity of our forefathers’ culture, but the current Lithuanian economical and social relations, allocation of rights and responsibilities does not guarantee the preservation of heritage. Many of the manors aggrieved during the wars waned or were devastated in later times and continues to wane.
Surrounded by a wonderful old park, reminiscing the middle of 19th century, newly renovated manor is located in the North of Lithuania, 700 meters from Via Baltica highway, 14 km from Panevezys.
Neo-classical style Bistrampolis manor complex consists of hotel, restaurant, concert hall and the manor rooms of various sizes for seminars and banquets. Away from the manor house, in the park there is a Chapel – museum of smugglers of forbidden Lithuanian books. For more active recreation – sports ground equipped with tennis court and basketball ground. SPA centre is built in the wain building of the manor.
This manor has already existed since the end of the fifteenth century. The manor was owned by Bistramai family since the end of the seventeenth century till 1940. The family is related to famous people – their relative Henryk Sienkiewicz who collected the material and created a famous polish trilogy: 1. „With Fire and sword“ (1883–1884), 2. „Deluge“ (1884–1886), 3. „Mister Volodyjevsky“ (1887–1888). Therefore the manor is relevant to polish culture and is often visited by polish tourists. Three landlords also being generals took part in the battle of Borodino in the Russian side. So the manor is also related to Russian culture. The pioneer of Lithuanian branch of Bistramai family was Jonas Kazimieras Bistramas – the landlord of King Vladislav IV. His son Jonas Evaldas has acquired a manor in 1695, which was then called Barklainiai and it was started to call Bistrampolis in the second half of eighteenth century.
The Ilzenberg manor was founded in 1515 by Berndt Kerssenbrock, a vassal of the Order of Livonia. He owned 615 ha of land and 2,234 ha of land with peasants. Historical documentation of the port of Riga suggests that the Ilzenberg Manor was engaged in economic activities even back then. B.Kerssenbrock, through the port of Riga, traded grains, butter, tar, spices, and other farming products.
There is anything known about the Ilzenberg manor's first landlord, German noblemen Kerssenbrocks. However, there is evidence that the manor’s infrastructure, in essence, was not different from estates typical for Livonia and Northeast Lithuania of those days, which consisted of a dwelling house (palace) and outbuildings: stables, stack yard, barn, smokehouse, shed, icehouse, creamery, and bathhouse.
During the period of 1863-1896, the Ilzenberg manor was managed by Fuchs. He rebuilt the manor, which remained virtually unchanged to this day.
Ilzenberg Manor area is not just a park and the manor. People are living here year-round, besides, the first and the largest in the Baltic countries Ilzenberg Manor Farm is operating here in compliance with biodynamic farming principles.
The goal of the “Ilzenbergas” Farm – to become a model of the community-supported biodynamic farm throughout Europe.
The priority of the “Ilzenbergas” Farm – to produce healthy, natural, lovingly grown food both to be consumed by the farm itself and supplied directly to a client.
Foods grown in such a farm will be primarily different by the absence of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, or other additives: in fertilization using manure, mulch, natural rot, and silage. Secondly, the products differ in their composition: they will contain no preservatives, artificial colours, flavour enhancers, substitutes, or any other additives used for food sold in retails chains. Third, this food is energetic, man-produced with love and devotion.
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