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Area: 65,300 km2.

Location: Lithuania is a state on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea.

Neighbouring states: Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Russia.

Climate: between maritime and continental. Average temperature in July is 23°C, and average temperature in January is -4.9°C.

Landscape: Lithuania is a flat country, lowland plains make up 75% of its territory.

Language: the official language of the Republic of Lithuania is the Lithuanian language.

Population: 3,394,000.

Capital: Vilnius.

Form of government: parliamentary democracy. Head of state: President, the executive branch: Government (appointed by the President), the legislative branch: Seimas (unicameral parliament, direct election).

Administrative division: the territory of Lithuania is divided into 10 counties. Counties are subdivided into 60 municipalities. Municipalities consist of 546 elderships.

Largest cities according to the population: Vilnius (553,200), Kaunas (373,700), Klaipėda (191,600), Šiauliai (132,700), Panevėžys (118,800).

Ethnic composition: Lithuanians: 83.5%, Poles: 6.7%, Russians: 6.3%, Belorussians: 1.2%, other: 2.3%. There are 115 ethnicities in total in Lithuania.

Religion: Roman Catholic Church. There are also communities of Eastern Orthodox Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Evangelical Reformation Church, Old Believers, Judaism, Islam, and others.

Life expectancy: average life expectancy for Lithuanians: 71 years; men: 66, women: 77.

National currency: litas (Lt). 3.4528 Lt = 1 euro.

Independence:

  • declared: 16 February 1918
  • restored: 11 March 1990


Lithuania joined NATO 29 March 2004, and on 1 May 2004 it became a member state of the EU.

Coat of Arms and Flag:

Coat of arms             Flag

Public Holidays:

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • February 16: Day of Reestablishment of the State of Lithuania (1918)
  • March 11: Day of Restitution of Independence of Lithuania (from the Soviet Union, 1990)
  • Easter (First Sunday and Monday of spring with full moon)
  • May 1: International Labour Day
  • June 24: St John‘s Feast (Midsummer)
  • July 6: Statehood Day (Coronation of Mindaugas)
  • August 15: Assumption Day (Žolinė)
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day
  • December 25 and 26: Christmas

Lithuania is the biggest of the three Baltic states and covers an area roughly the same size as Ireland. It borders Latvia in the north, Belarus in the south-east, the Baltic Sea in the west and Poland and the truncated Kaliningrad Region of Russia in the south-west. It's a predominantly flat country, and its highest point, Juozapin?s, measures only 294m (964ft). Lithuania's Baltic coast extends about 100km (62mi), half of which lies along the extraordinary Curonian Spit - a pencil thin 98km (61mi) long sandbar that's up to 66m (216ft) high.

Just over one quarter of Lithuania is forested, in particular the south-west of the country. Elk, deer, wild boar, wolf and lynx inhabit the forests, though you're unlikely to bump into any without some guidance. Lithuania also has about 2000 otters, and Lake Zuvintas, in the south, is an important breeding ground and migration halt for water birds. There are five national parks in Lithuania and a number of nature reserves, the highlight being the Kursiu Nerija National Park, a special environment of high dunes, pine forests, beaches, a lagoon and sea coasts.

The Lithuanian climate is temperate. From May to September daytime highs vary from about 14 to 22?C (57 to 72?F), but between November and March it rarely gets above 4?C (39?F). July and August, the warmest months, are also wet, with days of persistent showers. May, June and September are more comfortable, while late June can be thundery. Slush under foot is something you have to cope with in autumn, when snow falls then melts, and in spring, when the winter snow thaws.

Seaside:

Whole shore is 90 km long. The most unique part of seaside is the Curonian split – the peninsula, which starts in Kaliningrad and creates the Curonian sea.

Lakes: Biggest lakes in Lithuania:

  • Drūkšiai – 44,8 sq. km
  • Dysnai – 24 sq. km
  • Dusia – 23,3 sq. km

Rivers: Total length of rivers in Lithuania is 76 800 km. Longest rivers:

  • Nemunas – 475 km in Lithuania (total 937)
  • Nėris - 234 km (510)
  • Venta – 161 km (343)

Forests: Forests and bushes cover 30 percent of area. The biggest forests are:

  • Dainava wood – 1450 sq. km
  • Labanoras wood – 911 sq. km
  • Kazlų Rūda forest – 587 sq. km

Relief: Lithuania is the country of flat lands, they cover about 75 percents of country. The highest hills (above the sea lever):

  • Aukštasis kalnas – 293,8 m
  • Juozapinė – 293,6 m
  • Kruopinė – 293,4 m

Nature has been generous to Lithuania. Although there are no mountains or great forests, the country's beauty lies in the diversity of its landscape. This is a place of rolling hills and gentle plains; of quietly flowing rivers and of lakes which reflect the blueness of the sky. The largest river, the Nemunas, gathers and carries the waters of many tributaries to the Baltic Sea, wherein lies Lithuania's famous "amber coast". Called the Curonian Spit, it is a sixty mile-long bank of sand dunes and pine trees which stretches from the southwest to the seaport of Klaipėda and encloses the vast Curonian Lagoon. For centuries, amber, Lithuania's precious harvest of the sea, has been washed onto these golden sands.

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Lithuanian culture has experienced influences by different traditions and factors that can still be felt at present. It is also significant for an interesting merge of elements of pagan mythology and Christianity. Starting from the Renaissance and on to the later epochs, Western European cultural tradition has clearly had the greatest influence on professional art in Lithuania. In the 20th century, throughout the period of independent Lithuania, highly productive relations between our country and other European states enriched Lithuanian culture on the whole and encouraged the development of its modern culture.

The roots of versatile Lithuanian culture lie back in the multicultural legacy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (14th - 18th centuries). The boundaries of Lithuanian culture have always been beyond the borders of ethnic Lithuania. Outstanding personalities, who lived in the territory of the present-day Poland, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, are often ascribed to the Lithuanian culture.

Surviving many influences, which came with migrant artists, occupations, forced and strategic political unions, through cultural and scientific exchange, Lithuanians have persistently protected the identity of their traditional culture and its formative elements.

The history of contemporary professional Lithuanian art and music started with artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis (1875 - 1911). The works by this talented artist combined symbolism and romanticism. Lithuanian literature, arts, theatre and music flourished within the first years of independence of Lithuania as a state. Alas, a part of Lithuanian authors, actors and scientists were forced into emigration by dramatic events of the 20th century. The works by Lithuanian emigrant writers and artists created in Western Europe and USA nowadays have become an integral part of Lithuanian cultural heritage.

The most recent cultural events in Lithuania grow out of the fertile soil of ethnic culture traditions and the European context. Not once has Lithuanian theatre been highly appreciated by Lithuanian as well as foreign audience and theatre critics. Such directors as Eimuntas Nekrosius, Oskaras Korsunovas, Rimas Tuminas, Jonas Vaitkus and Gintaras Varnas are ranked among international theatre celebrities.

Our country can also boast of many well-known professional symphonic and chamber orchestras, choirs, opera singers and ballet dancers. Cultural events happening all year round encompass marvelous annual festivals of classical music, theatre, cinema and poetry presenting performances by many eminent Lithuanian and foreign artists. Lithuania is widely known as a jazz country, famous for its several international jazz festivals organized by jazz performers and fans in Kaunas, Birstonas and Vilnius.

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Lithuania has a wide choice of accommodation options to suit most budgets, including hotels, guesthouses, farmstays, hostels and campgrounds. Prices across these categories have risen in recent years but are generally lower than comparable facilities in Western Europe.

Travel agency Visit Lithuania is an operator hotel reservation systems:

  • www.hotelsLithuania.net,
  • www.hotelsLatvia.net,
  • www.hotelsEstonia.net,
  • www.Lithuanianhotels.com,
  • www.vilniusLithuanianhotels.com


Hotel Reservation System continuous to grow. www.hotelsLithuania.net includes 192 hotels in Lithuania; www.hotelsLatvia.net includes 59 Latvian hotels; www.hotelsEstonia.net includes 50 hotels in Estonia.
Visit Lithuania a travel agency established  summer 2001, IATA 68-3 20744

Baltic countries are easy to access today. The largest airport in the Baltics Riga's airport serves more than 4 million passengers a year.
Airport of Tallinn was the first to start efficient growth in early 2000 and now is well established airport with many flights to major European cities. Apart from the airport, Tallinn is the most successful seaport with abundant cruises and ferry lines. If you are planning your trip from Scandinavia consider a ferry option.
Lithuania distinguishes by having 3 international airports. Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania boasts the largest variety of destinations while Kaunas airport is mostly inhabited by Ryanair, and the smallest Palanga International Airport has a more narrow network of flights.

Vilnius is a modern and rapidly developing European city. After Lithuania’s accession to the European Union, its cultural and economic relations with foreign countries are extending, therefore the number of tourists coming to Vilnius is on the increase.
Guests are attracted by a favourable geographical position of Lithuania too, the so-called crossroads between the East and the West. It is in Lithuania, about 20 kilometres north of Vilnius, that the geographical centre of Europe lies.
Distances from Vilnius to the European capitals and largest cities measure from some hundreds to several thousands kilometres.
 
Amsterdam 1376 km 855 mi
Barcelona 2251 km 1399 mi
Berlin 828 km 514
Brussels 1472 km 914
Cologne 1302 km 809 mi
Copenhagen 826 km 513
Dublin 2054 km 1276 mi
Frankfurt 1249 km 776
Hamburg 1005 km 624 mi
Hanover 1061 km 656
Helsinki 611 km 380 mi
Kiev 581 km 361 mi
London 1730 km 1075 mi
Madrid 2665 km 1662 mi
Malmö 820 km 510 mi
Milan 1535 km 954 mi
Moscow 791 km 491 mi
Munich 1195 km 742 mi
Oslo 1055 km 655 mi
Paris 1704 km 1059 mi
Prague 899 km 559 mi
Rome 1710 km 1063 mi
Riga 264 km 164 mi
Stockholm 686 km 426 mi
St Petersburg 651 km 404 mi
Tallinn 528 km 328 mi
Vienna 950 km 590 mi
Warsaw 465 km 288 mi

Lithuania is the member of the Schengen area therefore you can arrive to Lithuania without visas and checking procedures at the state border. Please, take your valid passport or identification card in case the police officers use the right to check the personal identity.

Visas are also not required on arrival to Lithuania to the citizens of these countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, the United States, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, El Salvador, Singapore, Switzerland, Uruguay, Vatican and Venezuela.

A consular fee for admission and consideration of documents to obtain a visa in the diplomatic missions and consular institutions abroad of the Republic of Lithuania is 60 euros.

Roads in Lithuania are considered to be the best in the Baltic States. The via Baltica motorway connecting Helsinki with Warsaw and running trough three Baltic States is under construction. There is a well-developed domestic and international bus network in Lithuania and they are popular and quite comfortable.

Visit Lithuaniawill take care of whole logistic that related to the event, starting from elaboration of transportation schedule and ordering necessary transport and finishing with printing of signs and supervising.

Conference logistics' schedule consists of all necessary transport for delegates and spouses starting from arriving in the destination ( Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga ), transfers to hotel, between conference venue and places where take place other events related to conference, excursions (also car rental, escort of delegates, service of meeting and seeing off of delegates).
Through us is also possible to order multilanguaged guides, translators or escort staff.

 

Local specialities include skilandis (smoked meat), salti barsciai (cold soup), cepelinai (made from grated potatoes with a minced meat filling), vedarai (potato sausage) and bulviniai blynai (potato pancakes).
Smoked eel is a famous Baltic delicacy. Waiter service is the norm in restaurants and cafes, but self-service restaurants, bistros and snack bars are numerous.
Local brands of beer and imported drinks are popular. A famous Lithuanian spirit is midus, a mild alcoholic beverage made from honey.

 

   

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Night life in Lithuania consists mainly of two components – clubs and casinos. And both of them tend to involve as many guests as possible using the tactics of their competitors: casinos often organize different concerts and you can see playing machines in many night clubs.

Lithuania is a comparatively not very big country. That is why you can speak about night life in these three first-rate cities: Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda more or less definitely.

The capital of Lithuania, as it should be for any capital, holds the palm of supremacy in everything including all kinds of entertainment. Night clubs in Vilnius are the most fashionable in the country. Casinos in Vilnius are the richest (that is on second thought more likely to be a negative characteristic).

Exclusive, single, stylish Lithuanian designer clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, handmade cosmetics, souvenirs and other goodies - all of this can be found wandering the streets of the Old Town of Vilnius. Those who value originality, exclusive design decisions and unexpected gifts - Vilnius išlaidauja sharply. We should not forget amber tea - this souvenir from Lithuania striking, and even the much experienced ragavusius. Well, stylish handmade felt you envy even those who do not care about any fashion

Year ago The Guardian named Vilnius as “an exotic stag location”.

Have you ever heard about Vilnius? No? Throw down the gauntlet! Or maybe some of your lads have already told you about lively green city of vast freedom in Eastern Euroope? In spite of everything, put Vilnius to the test yourself!!!

Vilnius is the venue doomed to be legendary. In the past – for corageous dukes and their beautiful ladies, for exceptionally free atmosphere, amazing architecture and nice townsfolk. Nothing’s really changed. Just dukes somehow got vanished...

 

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It could sound surprisingly strange, but the history of medical tourism goes way back to the Greeks and Romans if not even further. At that time pilgrims would travel to shrines and pools that were said to contain healing powers.

Medical tourism, also known as health travel, medical travel, or global health care is in the recent time rapidly gaining popularity in Lithuania by tourists from Middle East, United States, Western Europe and elsewhere. All this is reasonably explained first of all by low prices: Lithuania is a real solution to the high cost of healthcare in other countries – it is 3 to 4 times cheaper. Secondly, we are proud of professional and qualified doctors that have been trained in Western Europe or United States. Thirdly, assured quality of the procedures and EU standardised health care centres.

 

  • Anti-aging programs
  • Botox/matridex injections
  • Breast augmentation/reduction
  • Cancer/oncological treatment
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Ear correction
  • Eye surgery
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Facelift
  • Fat suction
  • Infertility treatment
  • Intima surgery
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping
  • Obesity surgery
  • Odontology procedures
  • Organ transplant

If the nature of the tour is that the guide is 'interpreting the cultural and natural heritage of an area', Lithuania requires the guide have a guiding license. A person giving tours such as the 'best nightlife spots', 'shopping and fashion tour' or 'restaurant tour' for example, does not require a license. This definition follows the European standard for tour guiding (CEN).

Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals permitted to conduct tours in all sites and museums within a city. Licensed guides are required in those areas where the local authorities state that one of them is mandatory.

To become a Licensed Tourist Guide, candidates must pass an examination given by the local public tourist authorities.

We have professional, extremely knowledgeable multilingual guides eager to help you to understand current ways of life as well as the past events of the Baltic region.
Our experienced English or German speaking guides escort groups all the way from Warsaw or Scandinavian countries through the Baltics up to St Petersburg, Kaliningrad or Belarus.

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Plan your route around Lithuania, find the most attractive and interesting tourist routesin the country. In order to disseminate knowledge and understanding about the common European heritage as well as develop cultural links and the dialogue both within Europe and with other countries and regions, on 8 December 2010 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution (2010)53 establishing an Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (hereinafter, the EPA). The EPA seeks to form a common cultural area by creating Cultural Routes, which would promote awareness-raising with regard to heritage as well as foster education, cooperation within networks, quality, sustainable foreign tourism and related activities. The creation of new Cultural Routes should focus, in particular, on the topics which have a symbolic importance for Europe's unity, history, culture and values and which provide an opportunity to discover less-known places. By promoting thematic and alternative tourist routes and cultural projects, the EPA contributes to the preservation of various types of heritage.

 Some things that you good to know while staying and travelling in Lithuania :

Half-day tour to Trakai

Trakai (4 hours tour) is one of the oldest Grand Duchy of Lithuania residence and capitals. Trakai is the second capital of Lithuania.

Tour to Kernave

Kernave village (4 hours tour) located on the banks of the river Neris (35 km from Vilnius) has been known as the capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius. 

Country life museum in Rumsiskes

Country life Open Air Museum of Lithuania (6 hours tour) is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha) open-air ethnographic museums in Europe.

Fly & Lease of campers in the Baltic.

Camper on the road

Take a tour and discover Baltics by yourself!

You will be able to travel comfortably throughout Baltic Sates in our campers, as passengers really may feel themselves like home and take any necessary stuff with them, even their most loved cup for coffee.
A virtue of motor homes is the possibility to be in the cabin in all companionship while going from place to place.
Moreover, you will be free as you will be independent from hotels and every evening you will be able to spend in any place you wish!

Prepaid individual transfer :

no trouble with money exchange upon arrival,
no need to take care oftaxi search,
no language problems !

The driver will wait for you at arrival hall with your name on the card, will help you with luggage and will safely transfer you to agreed place.
Please fill in the Transfer Reservation and we will contact you within 24 business hours with confirmation

KIA CARNIVAL  25 EUR (max 5 persons)                                                
MERCEDES-BENZ VIANO  35 EUR (max 7 persons)

per car only!