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Beekeeping tour
 

“Lithuanian beekeeping” Tour 6 days/ 5 nights

Of all the insects existing on the Earth, the Bee shares perhaps the most special relationship with humans.
In Lithuanian mythology bees are called God's holy bugs.

 

It was believed that bees choose the hosts by themselves, therefore they become property of the beekeeper and homestead, where the new cluster is created. Thus begins a beautiful friendship of man and bee, which resulted in a beautiful Lithuanian word – “Bičiulis“ (friend).

 Let's travel through the beautiful land of Lithuania, get to know the secrets of Lithuanian beekeeping and most of all - let's be friends like the bees and the beekeepers!

 

Day 1

 

Arrival in Vilnius. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Get to know the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius: Vilnius city tour includes the Old Town (UNESCO Heritage list): Cathedral and it’s square, Gediminas Castle, University campus, Pilies street with the 16 -18th century historical and architectural monuments, Gothic corner of Vilnius with St Anne's and Bernardine churches, former Town Hall square, the Gates of Dawn with a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Vilnius.

 

Day 2

 

Trip to meet a representative of wild beekeeping (in the hollows) in Dzūkija National Park with an en route stop in Trakai. Trakai is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle, housing an exhibition of prehistoric findings and the 17-18th century applied art, illustrating the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea. Lunch at the restaurant. Proceeding to Dzukija National Park, located in the Southern part of Lithuania, famous for wild forests, mushrooms and berries, authentic villages and friendliness of local people. Visit Musteikiai village, where you can find ancient beehives and to know more about wild beekeeping. Walk the wild beekeeping route where you can see life examples of “beehives” in the trees of hundred years. After this exciting day, a drive for overnight in Druskininkai – charming spa town. Dinner. Enjoy yourself at spa or water amusement park.

 

Day 3

 

Morning drive to the Rumšiškės - a unique open air country life museum, depicting the 18-19th century architecture, traditions, crafts and the way of life of different ethnographic regions of the country. Candle making workshop. Learn how to make candles in traditional Lithuanian way using natural vax. Lunch. Later trip to the apiary of  Z. Solys. Here, in the forests, full of magnificent lime, raspberry, pine trees, on the shore of Kaunas lagoon you will learn about Lithuanian bees, beekeeping, procedures and equipment. Have a chance to taste traditional Lithuanian cheese with fresh honey as well as Lithuanian mead and honey beer. After an interesting visit, drive to Kaunas – second largest city and the capital of Lithuania between the World Wars. Dinner, overnight.

Day 4

 

Trip to the unique Horse Museum in a beautiful Lithuanian resort town - Anyksciai. Lunch.  Later visit  to the NINE HONEY apiary in Aukstaitija region. “A person's life is like a bee's way. In the childhood we are looked after by our parents and loved by them, later we live separated from our parents and take our responsibility. We start our career, work long hours just like a honeybee does and make our homes as bees living in the hives. Old apiarists respect and treat bees like human beings. The first bee-hive in our family was made a decade ago. This occupation has become our family's hobby. At the beginning, we only used honey as a sweet, delicious, natural product and a remedy too in our family. Later on, a lot of people became interested in our honey and today we have many clients. Our apiary NINE HONEY is in a remote place near Kukiai forest glade in the ethnic region of Aukštaitija, Lithuania. This region is well-known for its tree-covered hills, dotted lakes and open-hearted people. In this marvelous scenery Lithuanian original honey is made.” – says the owner of the apiary NINE HONEY. Dinner and overnight in a nearby homestead/ hotel.

Day 5

 

After acquainting yourselves with the beekeepers of various Lithuanian regions, it's time to  summarize and visit the Museum of Ancient Beekeeping. Founded by Bronius Kazlas in 1974, the beekeeping museum is one of the oddest things you’ll ever come across.  Attracting around 10,000 visitors annually the museum, situated in a rustic cottage, depicts the art of bee-keeping throughout the ages, as well as exploring its spiritual links. The role bees have played in ancient mythology are well presented with displays detailing their part in ancient Egyptian, Native American and pagan Lithuanian culture. Wood carvings of native bee gods Babilas (a fat, hairy spirit) and the altogether more dainty Austėja (a bee goddess) make for great photographs. Indeed, the reason you’ll find many bee hives standing atop of trees was in theory to keep them as close as possible to these gods. Items of interest include an oak tree once worshipped by pagans, intricate carvings, elaborate hives and a couple of ingeniously menacing anti-bear traps (think rusty spikes on springs). The woodland surrounding the museum is currently home to seven swarms of bees, and a short trail makes for a scenic and interesting walk. Guests are welcome to sample their honey at the end of their visit. Later visit some of the most beautiful places in the Aukstaitija National park – Ginuciai, Ledakalnis. Drive back to Vilnius for overnight.

Day 6

 

Free time for independent activities. Transfer to the airport. Departure home.

 
 

Package price:  1050 EUR/person  (if 3 people are traveling)

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in centrally located 4* hotels: 2 nights in Vilnius, 1 night in Kaunas, 1 night in Druskininkai;
  • 1 night accommodation in a farmstead or hotel;
  • Full board: 5 buffet breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners;
  • Meetings with beekeepers, learning about beekeeping, traditions, tools;
  • Honey with honeycombs straight from the beehive;
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary;
  • Traditional Candle making workshop;
  • Entrance tickets to places of interest;
  • Arrival and departure transfers;
  • Car / coach and guides services;
  • Souvenir.
  • Information package.

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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!