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Travel To Lithuania

To visit Lithuania and spend time in its charming capital city of Vilnius, City Breaks travel packages to Vilnius are offered by the Baltic Travel. With a plethora of hotels, dining opportunities, recreational facilities and sightseeing excursions to choose from, this trip to Lithuania promises to be an unforgettable holiday.

Despite being a relatively small country, Lithuania has much to offer to a visitor, from many types of leisure activities and entertainment to a wide list – of around 1000 – of sightseeing objects. Therefore, we recommend you try to see more of the country, not just its principal towns. You will see that the condition of roads is truly good here for travelling by car or that you can reach practically any place of the country by train or bus. Try to stop off at UNESCO and national heritage sites, visit different ethnographic regions, taste authentic meals, stop by valuable cultural and architectural sites and museums, have a walk in parks, enjoy the beauty of landscape dotted with lakes and rivers. We have much to offer also to those who prefer spending their leisure time actively. They can take a canoe down a fast-flowing river or make a bicycle tour of the country, go hang or motor-gliding or fly on board of a hot air balloon. Citizens of 78 states do not need visas to come here, yet some of them must hold diplomatic, service, special or biometric passports. Therefore, before coming, be sure to find out if a visa is required and how it can be obtained.

Before deciding to visit Lithuania, it is advisable to research about the weather, which can be rather surprising. There are some attractions that are exclusive to the summer. When visiting any country, especially for leisure, it is advisable to research about the weather well in advance so there is ample time to prepare for it. In addition, there will be no need to worry about it once you get there and this way the trip will be far more enjoyable. Lithuania, like the rest of Eastern Europe is subject to extreme and erratic weather. While the daily weather can be surprising, it is mostly predictable and you should plan your activities and trip itinerary depending on the time of the year you will be visiting. 

 How To Get To Lithuania

 

 

Airlines:

Lithuania - attractive country. Connections with Lithuania counrty- excellent. You can fly to the three airports.

Lithuania has 3 international airports:Vilnius Airport (www.vilnius-airport.lt), Kaunas Airport (www.kaunas-airport.lt), and Palanga Airport (www.palanga-airport.lt). Lithuania has 27 small airports and airfields, most of them may take a private aircraft.

Water transport, ferries:

Klaipeda sea port has 6 connects the sea ferry with Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland ports. You can travel from Klaipeda to the Curonian Spit (www.keltas.lt).

International RoadBorder Posts:

On the border with Poland:Kalvarija (road A5); Lazdijai (A135).

On the border with Latvia:Butinge(A13); Bukaiciai (A222); Kalviai (A12); Salociai (A10); Obeliai (A122); Smelyne(A6).

On the border with Belarus:Lavoriskes (A103); Medininkai (A3); Salcininkai (A104); Raigardas (A4).

On the border with the Russian Federation (Kaliningrad Region):Nida (A167); Panemune(A12); Kybartai (A7).

 

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

  • The speed limit for cars in built-up areas is 50 km/h, on roads with asphalt or concrete pavement – 90 km/h, on motorways from 1 April till 31 October - 130 km/h, from 1 November till 31 March – not higher than 110 km/h, on Motor Vehicle Roads from 1 April till 31 October – not higher than 120 km/h, from 1 November till 31 March – not higher than 110 km/h, on other roads – not higher than 70 km/h.
  • Do not speed: many speed cameras are installed and police regularly patrol on roads, and speeding carries heavy fines.
  • At highways you will find hundreds of parking or resting areas as well as many eating facilities and motels; also, a wide network of petrol stations will make your trip trouble-free should you decide to set off for a longer tour of the country.
  • If you get into trouble, call general emergency number 112. More information is available at www.sos112.lt
  • Need information? The easiest access to information on any issues whatsoever is to call 118 (www.118.lt) or 1588 (www.1588.lt)

 

An Introduction To Lithuania

The Republic of Lithuania is a Baltic country in the North Europe region. Lithuania, as it is commonly know, can be found on the south-east shore of the Baltic Sea. Lithuania is a neighbor to the countries of Poland, Belarus and Latvia and also Kaliningrad, the exclave of Russia. The capital of Lithuania is Vilnius, which is also the largest city in the country.

If records are anything to go by, Lithuania, as a name came into existence in 1009, which is the date of the first written evidence of the name. Lithuania was formally recognized again as a democracy in 1918, at the end of the First World War For a major part of the 20th century, it was an outset of the Russian empire. 

Lithuania Since Ancient Times

Modern day Lithuania has seen human inhabitation since as far back as the 10th millennium BC. The first people to settle in the land were nomadic Baltic tribes, of the same race who were living in settlements all over Eastern Europe and the Baltic. The land of Lithuania, during the 11th century was also paying tribute to the Kievan Rus, which was a major part in the conglomeration of several states to form modern day Russia.

From the tribute paying territory that it was, Lithuania became a kingdom with the formation of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The first king of the Kingdom of Lithuania, Mindaugas, was murdered by his own nephew. This resulted in civil unrest in the kingdom, which led to the establishment of paganism in Lithuania. The country went through a phase of Christianity too where the Church established the laws and as with the rest of Europe, Lithuania saw a Renaissance towards the end of the 16th century.

After the period of Renaissance, there was a commonwealth established between Poland and Lithuania. However, the country continued under the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Towards the end of the 18th Century, there was conflict between Russia and Prussia over Lithuania and this led to destabilization of Lithuania as a sovereign country.

Modern Lithuania

After the split up, Lithuania was under Imperial Russia. This period saw several uprisings against foreign monarch control. Imperialist rule continued until World War I, after which it was reestablished as an independent nation. However, the end of World War II saw it being integrated into the Soviet Union. The Soviet rule established conventional communism and it is only now that Lithuania is undergoing a phase of rebuilding and revival. Despite the erratic history that was filled with conflict and uncertainty, Lithuania is fast evolving into a tourist destination in the Baltic. Compared to other countries and tourist spots, especially in Western Europe, Lithuania is more wallet friendly. In fact, there are several tourist attractions and activities that are exclusive to Lithuania.

Tracing The History Of Lithuania

In the 14th century, Lithuania was the biggest country in the European continent. In 1569, with the rise of the Lublin Union, Lithuania combined with Poland to establish the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: a pairing that was successful for over two centuries until the period from 1772 to 1795 when the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was taken apart by various surrounding countries and a majority of Lithuanian territory was taken by the Russian Empire.

Once the World War I came to an end, the Lithuanian Act of Independence was formalized on the 16th of February 1918 and it pronounced the reconstruction of a sovereign state. During the period of the World War II, the Soviet Union and then the Nazi Germany forces occupied Lithuania from 1940 onwards. On 11th March 1990, by declaring independence, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to do so.

Lithuania In The Present Day

In the present day, the Republic of Lithuania enjoys an active role in the European Union as of May 2004 and is also a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization since the same year.

The present day face of Lithuania is shaped by its unique history and long tradition. In the Baltic region it is known to be the only nation to have as many as eight hundred years of a statehood structure. The first reference to the country was made in 1009, more than a thousand years ago- testament to the early rising of the country. The interesting location of the country, right between the Western world and the Eastern world, has lent it a unique charm and character, and the people have borrowed elements from both sides to weave together an identity that is exclusively Lithuanian.

During the modern times, the Republic of Lithuania has enjoyed considerable growth and progress and before the economic crisis of 2008-2009 spread across the world, the economy of Lithuania was recognized as one of the most rapidly growing within the European Union.

Lithuania in the present day and age enjoys an important position in the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO.

The year 2009 saw the capital city of Vilnius being awarded the honor of being the European Capital of Culture.



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