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Your input is important to us. Please provide your valuable feedback. Here are some testimonials from our clients:

Thank you for a wonderful vacation. As a first generation American who speaks fluent Lithuanian and who was returning to the native land of my parents, I experienced such great joy to be in Lithuania. It is so beautiful and historic. I felt as though I had returned home. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and were ablo to answer all of our many questions. They spoke English fluently with my non-Lithuanian speaking husband and daughter and gave me a chance to speak Lithuanian with native speakers. Our driver was expert and so nice to us. The hotels were beautiful...We have some many beautiful memories.Thank you so much for a wonderful trip. I am telling everyone about your superb organization....
Sylvia Olson
 
Date of Posting: 27 April 2007
Posted By: Sylvia Olson
USA
Dear Lina, We had a fantastic weekend. Transfer, hotel, restaurang and Golf was at a high international standard. Sorry that we missed to meet you.
Anders Olsson
 
Date of Posting: 19 April 2007
Posted By: Anders Olsson
My daughter and I had a wonderful time, a good trip home and so many memories. We enjoyed this trip as much as the one last July when it was my husband and myself.
All your efforts to help with Baltic Air and to confirm Delta were much appreciated. Raimondas was a delight the entire time and helped so much in communicating with our family in Klaipeda. He is a wonderful asset to your business.
Of course we shall return again!!!!!

Ann Carol Karszes
 
Date of Posting: 07 April 2007
Posted By: Ann Carol Karszes
Ladies and gentlemen.

I hereby wish to thank you for the travel arrangements during our recent stay in Vilnius.

Our group consisted of 8 elder men one of which being tied to wheelchair. Travel arrangements were excellent with the exception of the lack of missing vehicle for transporting a wheelchair. We had great difficulties at arrival to haul the disabled member into the bus. On the second day the travel agency however managed to arrange a second vehicle where the disabled member of our group could be lifted.
In our country small buses with wheelchair lifting platforms are plentily available. This is why we could not understand your problem.
The hotel City Park was superbly situated right opposite to the cathedral. It was easily accessible even with wheelchair. The staff in both the reception and restaurant were friendly and helpful.
Your staff was very helpful and they were always plentily available when necessary. Even during the weekend Lina could be reached by phone.
The guide Neringa was a delightful person and spoke excellent Finnish. She knew the history of your country well and coud also answer our questions of todays Lithuania. Neringa also managed to arrange access for the buses right into the center of the machinery exhibition in Kaunas.
The restaurants booked for us were easy to access with wheelchair and the food served was absolutely satisfactory.

While planning a new trip to Vilnius we certainly will ask for your quotation again.

Best Regards
Antero Aaltonen
Helsinki, Finland.
 
Date of Posting: 29 March 2007
Posted By: Antero Aaltonen
Helsinki, Finland.
Dear Lina,
I just wanted to thank you once again for allyour help. We had a super week-end and David just loved the snow mobiling.
Everything went to plan and helped to make it all so enjoyable.
We ate at the hotel and La Provence -had the most superb coconut risotto there-sublime.
Vilnius is a lovely place to visit.
We shall recommend both the city and your company.
Thankyou once again
Sue Byrne





 
Date of Posting: 01 February 2007
Posted By: Sue Byrne

The tour itself was fabulous, both my sister and I came away with a far greater appreciation of our Lithuanian heritage something we are now both very proud of, especially as we come from the most intelligent of all the Lithuanian tribes!! But seriously the trip was so interesting we saw so much and got a great appreciation of both city and rural life. Vilnius is beautiful with its ancient architecture so wonderfully restored, it is a very dignified and elegant European city you have much to be proud of. Your countryside should be the envy of the rest of Europe it is real Red Riding Hood country complete with Wolves! Beautiful forests and many inland lakes, it was marvelous being driven through the countryside to see how it changes from one side of the country to the other. The lunch we had in the forest village was very special. It is an experience that will stay with us for ever, and I am glad we managed to entertain our Mother and Tautvydas so much with our poor effort at the ethnic dancing!! In fact all the lunches we had in all the restaurants were lovely, the lunch at Trakai was very special overlooking the lake and castle plus we got the opportunity to try some Lithuanian dishes I know my sister really enjoyed her smoked pigs trotters, but not so much the smoked pigs ears! And we thank you very much for choosing a Lithuanian restaurant on our last night of the tour which specialized in authentic dishes from my mother’s regional area, it was very thoughtful and really epitomizes the great care your company takes of its guests whilst in your country.

Our guides Virginia and Lilia (forgive me if I have misspellt any names) were wonderful we cannot praise them highly enough they were both so knowledgeable on all subjects from architecture and cultural history to where the best supermarket was! Lithuania has had to endure some very hard times and it would seem that right from the beginning of time others wanted to posses it, and it says much about the tenacity and determination of the in the character of Lithuanian people that no invaders have permanently possessed your land, you have always managed to grab it back, and now god willing it is yours forever more with no further occupations. Both Virginia and Lilia were wonderful in personalizing the tour and nothing was ever too much trouble. Especially when we reached Kleipeda (Mums home town) which she had not visited for over 60 years, Lilia was wonderful in digging out old postcards and maps for Mum to show what had happened to the town after the WW 2 bombing and to help her pinpoint where some of her old haunts used to be. We found her school (still a school today) and the street where she used to live as a child and the spot where she used to ice skate with her father, it was very special… for all of us. So a huge thank you once more to both Virginia and Lilia, both very lovely people who made out trip all the more special.

Lastly but by no means least we would like to especially mention out driver for the 9 days Tautvydas, he was a marvel. Not only was the car extremely comfortable but his driving made us feel very safe we knew instinctively we were in good hands, especially important as you don’t have to wear seatbelts over there!! He was very patient and a true gentleman he had much to put up with as he had four bantering woman in the car for long periods of time!! I think he struck up a special relationship with our Mother who sat in the front seat for all of the 9 days and he would often keep her company when she felt she could not join us for a walk somewhere, my sister and I would often return to find them both giggling over something they had found amusing. He also ensured he drove as close as possible to venues to save Mum walking too much, again that attention to detail and the personal touch means so much and makes such a difference to peoples experience and impressions. He also had a great sense of humour (very dry); he was fantastic and made our experience all the more special just by being there.
We saw and experienced so much we could write forever about how great it all was, it was filled with both happy and poignant moments as befits your country’s history, I am proud to call myself half Lithuanian and will definitely return not only because I have an emotional attachment to the country but simply because it is beautiful and I will want to return and share its beauty with others.

Thank you all at “Visit Lithuania”, each and every one of you has helped make a positive lasting impression; we shall always fondly remember our time with you …

Kind Regards
Emily McGrath
Also on behalf of Monica Piery and Christel Frith

PS My sister wanted me to mention that on our last day we had some Litas which we were not able to exchange back in the UK, she thought it would have been nice to be able to put them in a donation box to go toward a Vilnius restoration fund or something of that nature, maybe there could be such boxes in the hotel lobby so departing tourists can donate their small change, every little helps and it is better than the money doing nothing, just a thought…..

Emily McGrath
Compliance Officer
Audit & Compliance
Victoria Teachers Credit Union
 
Date of Posting: 02 October 2006
Posted By: Emily McGrath also on behalf of Monica Piery and C
Dear Monica,

Just a short note to say sincere thanks to you for all your efforts on behalf of the Scottish National Team, Officials and Media.

Everything went very smoothly and both hotels were excellent, your assistance on arrival was invaluable.

Once again my thanks and I look forward to our next match in Lithuania and will certainly use your services again.

Regards,
Maurice Brannan
Travel Manager Scottish F.A.
 
Date of Posting: 20 September 2006
Posted By: Maurice Brannan / Travel Manager Scottish F.A.
Scotland
I would like to thank you for the efforts that you put into organising my family visit to Lithuania.

We appreciate the care you spent to understand our desires and to select hotels, guide and transportation that delivered a most enjoyable and informative holiday.
 
Date of Posting: 16 September 2006
Posted By: Bernard Lind

Hello "Visit Lithuania" team.

My father and I are extremely pleased and appreciative of the caring service we received from you, which allowed us to have a most fulfilling trip to that "corner" of the world from where our ancestors, well over a century ago, departed for the "New World," the U.S.A.. From beginning to end, the service that your staff provided was professional and in fact inspiring, Our trip to Lithuania from remote Japan, where we reside now, was an adventure of a lifetime for us. It was my present to my father, who has long shown deep interest in our European roots, for his grand 88th birthda?. I truly believe we could never have gotten so much out of this "wild" idea of mine to get as close as possible to where our ancestors once lived without the extraordinary care we enjoyed from you.

Yours sincerely,
Gretchen Mittwer

07-15 september,2006
 
Date of Posting: 15 September 2006
Posted By: Gretchen Mittwer
Our flight was the red eye and we arrived the next morning in Amsterdam very tired. After checking into our hotel we slept, went out to eat and returned to sleep on and off for the next 24 hours. Finally feeling refreshed we took on the city, very picturesque. Canals are all over the place and thousands of bicycles are to be found everywhere. You see business men in suits with briefcases and ladies in dresses/skirts with high heeled shoes cycling to work. In the streets there is a side path for bicycles only. It is cheaper to build the houses (built like our townhouses) upward so they are very narrow, therefore the staircases are extremely steep. No way can owners get their furniture up the staircase so it is hoisted up and pulled through a window on the upper levels. There is a housing shortage, consequently there are lots of houseboats along the canals all decked out with flowers and outside furniture. Everywhere there were outside cafes crowed with both young and old and at 3 am these places would start closing. All of this took place around Rembrandt Square which was the location of our hotel.
Mornings started out rather chilly but by noon it was hot. Apparently ice cubes were hard to come by. If you ordered a cold drink you would get three (maybe four) cubes – the kind with a hole in the center! No ice to munch on! Hotels were air-conditioned (they said) but not by our standards. If you opened a window the noise was too loud and if you kept them closed you sweated to death! Go figure.
We arrived in Vilnius the afternoon of June 29 and were very glad to give ourselves over to our driver, Raimundas. Off to the hotel, the Ramada. Very nice, but again the air-conditioning was not what we are used to, there were no ice cubes to be found anywhere. It stayed light until around 11 pm – this took us awhile to catch onto because we thought that it was the lights from the square and some of the cafes didn’t close till 3 am. The weather is Lithuania was very hot – not the usual, no rain while we were there.
On the 30th of June our driver and translator (Rita) meet us in the hotel lobby for our drive to Subartonys for Aldona’s funeral. Subartony is part of a small town (64 people) where Aldona’s father was born in a small cottage, with thatched roof. This building is now a museum in his memory. Her dad was a famous writer, poet, novelist, playwright, professor and at one time Prime Minister of that country. Everything was perfect for Aldonas’ fair-well, the flowers, music, singing – after greeting those who arrived (there must have been a hundred or more) and meeting her cousins (two generations) we proceeded about a mile down a dirt road to the cemetery with people from the homes along the way joining us. It was a quaint cemetery with a very small chapel where a beautiful traditional service was held and people had a chance to speak of her and her parents. She was placed between her parents, they closed the grave and placed the flowers and many candles (must have been ceremonial). Everyone returned to the museum and joined us for refreshments. It was an honor to be part of this. On this day Alek was reacquainted with Sniega Jurskis and he met Vladus (head of the museum in Vilnius) among many others. This day alone was worth our visit to Lithuania.
July first was a day of rest. This day of rest gave us the opportunity of meeting Elenute who happened to be a cousin to Alek’s first cousin Katstutis (who lives in Australia) - she reinforced our introduction to the city. A friendship that will last a lifetime. This wonderful, sweet lady showed us around a wonderful city, she is a book of knowledge. The Old Town is all cobble stone streets and brick sidewalks. Some of the streets are closed to cars but all are extremely small in width. Lithuanians do not take down old buildings to rebuild. They restore from what is left of the old buildings. Very beautiful and old buildings that have been restored and many still in the process of restoration. We were surprised to see all that they had accomplished. They have become very westernized. We spent the whole day walking and exploring. It was great.
On the 2nd of July we met our guide/translator and driver for a formal tour of the Old Town which is one of the largest and most beautiful in Central and East Europe. This town is included in the UNESCO Heritage list. We visited St. Anne’s Church, Pilies Street, the Gates of Dawn, University campus, St. Peter and Pauls’s Church and the KGB museum, an extremely depressing reminder. The churches are absolutely outstanding in beauty and craftsmanship. St. Peter and Paul’s Church is probably the most beautiful located in John Paul II Square. Construction began in 1668 and the inside has thousands of stucco figures and flowers and is a masterpiece by the artist Peretti. This church is one of the most remarkable architectural monuments and is considered to be a wonderful contribution not only to Lithuanian historical and architectural heritage but also to that of the world.
Pilies Street was a wonderful site with sidewalk cafes lining the street. There were also street vendors and shops (many of which included amber and linen). Again, the restoration is outstanding and you come across musicians here and there. Accordians seem to be the in thing.
The Gates of Dawn was in the square where our hotel was, again the beauty was breathtaking. The sanctuary of the Gates of Dawn survived through wars and Soviet occupation. In 1993 Pope John Paul II visited and prayed there. This gate is one of the nine former gates in the town’s defense wall. Of great interest were all the little archways that led to small courtyards. We later found out that these were to make the families and homes safe from enemy invasion. Today these areas house people such as ambassadors.
July 3 – Today we visited 15th century Trakai Insular Castle. Again the craftsmanship was outstanding, the building made of bricks. This castle was basically built on a small island. As we crossed the walking bridge and entered the pathways there was a musician playing the accordion and on our way out there was a young girl playing the flute. We found the village quaint, small and picturesque. There were sail boats and paddle boats available to visitors.
In the afternoon we met with Vladus at the Vincent Kreves museum in town. We had a great time with Vladus (head of the museum and Rita our interpreter) – the surprise was seeing a picture of Alek (age approximately 9 years old) sitting with Mr. and Mrs. Kreves at the Clothier’s home in PA. Coffee, chocolate and something called 999 were served. We were told that 999 was medicinal! Alek suddenly needed more medicine. Later that afternoon we visited with Elenute, at her home, for dinner. We had cold beet soup and pigeons for dinner. More talk about the history of Vilnius and history about our family.
On July 4th we traveled to Kaunas. We only had a day there but wished we had taken more time to explore further. This is where Alek was born. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. We visited Rumsiskes Open-air Ethnographic Museum. They moved piece by piece the thatched roof cottages, barns and outbuildings that were build many, many years ago. There was also a small train car that they used to deport Lithuanians to Siberia. All very touching and sad to learn of the experience these people suffered. Elenute and her family were deported to Siberia and till this day does not understand how or why they let them return to their mother land (though she never found out what happened to her father). We also visited the Ciurlionis Art Gallery. What they preserve is wonderful – but so much was taken from them and destroyed by the Russians.
In the evening we visited with Sniega Jurskis. Sniega is the woman (whose first name translates Snowflake) that met Alek at Aldona’s funeral and told him that she met him and his mother one month after they had come to Pennsylvania. She had a picture of herself, her younger brother and mother and Alek and his mother. How small is the world. So you just know that we had a wonderful visit with Sniega and her husband Domas. They showed us their wonderful collections of art and literature we gained more fasinating knowledge about Lithuanian and family history! Alek and Domas had more medicine.
July 5th – On our way to Klaipeda we stopped at the Hill of the Crosses. What an awesome sight! It is said that when the Russians occupied Lithuania they tried to remove the crosses. As fast as they would take the crosses down the Lithuanian people would put more up!
Klaipeda which is Lithuania’s gateway to the Baltic Sea and the world is the third largest city and its only port. We wanted to see the ocean and we did! Lilija was our tour guide and interpreter and we started in Klaipeda. Apparently during the war this place was torn apart. After the great fire of 1854 and World War II sixty percent of the buildings were destroyed or damaged, very little of the old town remained. This was the first town to be restored in Lithuania. The country’s craftsmen rebuilt using all the “old stuff” and using new where needed. From a hill, overlooking the town, the view was breathtaking. We where the monasteries had been and now it is used as a school, beautiful churches that during occupation had been used for storage (as was the case in all of the country), we saw old buildings and learned that where the Russians had paved over cobblestone the workers removed the tar to expose the stones resulting in a network of streets densely lined with houses. Here and there you could see where there were remnants of barbed wire were still in place to keep people from trying to swim to freedom (and some did try).
On July 6th we moved on to visit Neringa (also part of UNESCO World Heritage List), the Spit between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. We traveled by ferry because there is no bridge. I know that they need a bridge but hate to see one built! The best view is from the top of the great dunes which give a wonderful view lagoon, Baltic Sea, dunes and forests which mesh with the grey mist in the distance. Of great interest is the Witches’ Hill located on one of the most beautiful ancient dunes. The winding shady path meanders up slopes covered with century-old pines. Visible from the summit is the sea in the other direction the lagoon. The people of Lithuania love lore. An idea that the craftsmen could carve personalities from old legends and stories resulted in the first artist’s camp in 1979. Fold artisans, carvers and smiths came from all over Lithuania and carved the first 25 sculptures. This hill has a light side and a dark side – this is a place where your imagination can run wild which is perfect for these creative talents. The following year a second camp was held, a year later a third. Now practically every year, craftsmen come to restore the old sculptures and to carve new ones. The entire group of sculptures is the gift of the folk artists to Lithuanians and all who visit. Each sculpture has a story (Neringa and the Twelve Brothers, Raining Frogs, Elenute, etc.). Here there is a story for all occasions.
July 7 – We drove to Palanga which has a quiet side and a crowded and noisy side. This is where the people go to catch the sun and get a tan and the young people love to hang out. We spent most of our time on the quiet side walking the beautiful ground of the amber museum with a man made pond and all. The ducks and swans with their babies we adorable (first time I have seen baby swans). After exploring the grounds we visited the Amber Museum where you could see the best Baltic gold and learn its history. We visited the beautiful white sand beaches and finished with a drive through the wild side of town.
Saturday, the 8th of July, we returned to Vilnius, finished up our shopping, packed our belongings to leave early the next day.
Final thoughts about our visit; I loved the area and our dream would be to return in 2009, renew friendships, and explore more of the country. The arrangements prepared by “Visit Lithuania” and our correspondence with Rimas Chesonis were excellent. A very special thanks to those associated with the ceremonies at Subartonys, they were outstanding. We had the best driver and translators. Thank you Raimundas, Rita and Lilija, for making our visit such a wonderful experience, but mainly for the new friendships which would also include Vladus, Sniega, Domas and Elenute. Lithuania was more than we could have dreamed for.
Aciu,
Aliukas and Lady Grace
 
Date of Posting: 14 September 2006
Posted By: Aliukas and Lady Grace

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