SEACOAST GASTRONOMIC ROUTE
5 days / 4 nights
DAY 1 VILNIUS
Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 2 VILNIUS – KAUNAS –PANEMUNE ROAD
Morning drive to Open-air Museum of Rumsiskes – 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. After excursion lunch in traditional local restaurant „Karčema“. Later sightseeing tour of Kaunas Old Town, - second largest city and the capital of Lithuania between the World Wars. The tour includes: the Old Town of Kaunas with its St George's church, castle ruins, Theological seminary, theTown Hall Square, the Jesuit church, the Cathedral, the Church of Vytautas and the Perkunas House.
For the dinner drive to Šakiai town for „Zanavykai edge food traditions“. All recipes are authentic and reflects the region, made according to ancient stories.
Overnight in Panemune castle or similar.
DAY 3 PANEMUNE ROAD– KLAIPEDA
Drive to the seaside via most picturesque road in Lithuania - Panemune castle road with few stops along the way. On the way – educational programme „FishTrail“. The educational - recreational programme entitled Fish Trail invites you to a unique seacoast village of Dreverna, where nature has created favour able conditions for living and fishing. Here you will become familiar with the history of fishing in the Curonian Lagoon, the fishermen‘s lifestyle and the peculiarities of shipbuilding.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Klaipeda (Klaipėda) - Lithuania's third biggest city - a historic seaport and resort. Old Town of Klaipeda with theTheatre square and the statue of a girl Ann from Tharau, numerous old streets and buildings, Linden street with the old post-office.
DAY 4 KLAIPEDA – HOMESTAD IN SAMOGITIA – THE HILL OF CROSSES – VILNIUS
Morning sightseeing of Palanga offers a visit to the The Palanga Amber Museum which houses very rich amber collection, a walk in the Botanical Park of Palanga with Birute's Hill - a 22-metre-high dune, the central street full of souvenir shops, open-air cafes, and leading to the beach and the pier.
Afternoon „Samogitian lunch“ at the homestead „Vienkiemis“. „When stopping by “Vienkiemis” tavern, guests should prepare their stomach for a real adventure! According to ancient Samogitian cuisine, tavern hostesses cook excellent Samogitian dishes, amazing not only for their size and subtle tastes but also for their incredible names. Only in “Vienkiemis” tavern, you can try Samogitian “Smakalas,” “Semenine” dish of linseeds, “Good Old Granny’s Kastinys,” enjoy “Woodward’s Dream,” “Captain’s Roast,” "Noblemen’s Lunch,” or “Farm Master's Treat” ; for the dessert, you’ll enjoy the mysterious “Vienkiemis Farm Surprise.”
Drive to Vilnius with en route stop in the holy site of Catholic Pilgrimage – Hill of Crosses. This is an expression of a spontaneous religiousness of the people, and is a symbol not of grief and death but of Faith, Love and Sacrifice. From here the Pope blessed people of Lithuania and Christian Europe. Overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 5 VILNIUS
End of Tour. Private transfer to airport for flight home.