What to see in Vilnius and its surroundings in 7 days

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Vilnius is one of those wonderful destinations that are still in the shadow of the great classic European capitals such as Paris, London or Rome. Few know that the capital of Lithuania is one of the most beautiful cities of art in Europe! Its fully preserved historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and combines architectural styles from different eras.

Not to mention Lithuania in general which, despite being a relatively small state, it is rich in experiences to live, both cultural and naturalistic. All the surroundings of Vilnius contain small pearls of beauty, including natural parks and historical sites. Staying in the capital for a week, you must dedicate at least two or three days to visit the surrounding areas!

Are you ready to go? Let's find out together what to see in Vilnius and its surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Vilnius
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

For a very first approach to the city and start orienting yourself, we suggest you take advantage of the tourist bus that will allow you to discover the cornerstones of the city.

Make a visit to the National Museum of Lithuania (10: 00-18: 00, closed on Mondays), here you can get to know and deepen the history of the country, through exhibitions, exhibitions and collections through objects, photographs and archaeological finds. As for prices, it is divided into different sections: the New Arsenal € 4,00, the Old Arsenal € 4,00, the tower of the Gediminas castle € 5,00. Dedicate the morning to the Old and New Arsenal.

For lunch, stop at the nearby Grill Terrace, a place with a terrace ideal for a lunch break in the countryside (average price per person € 8,00).
After lunch continue with the visit of the Tower of Gediminas Castle (10:00 - 18:00, € 5,00), what remains of the ancient Vilnius castle. From here, with a pleasant walk in the green you can reach the Monument of the Three Crosses, a place linked to the tradition of Vilnius. From the monument, located on the top of a hill, you can admire a beautiful view over the whole city! It is always accessible and free, maybe reach it around sunset time. Once the visit is over, go down through the Bernardinai Park, enjoying the beauty and greenery of this city park.

End the day with a dinner in the Old Town, at Etno Dvaras, a typical Lithuanian restaurant where you can taste the country's traditional cuisine (average cost per person € 10,00). For the evening you can enjoy a walk through the streets of the center or stop for a drink in one of the many clubs and bars present.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 51 min
  • Places visited: New Arsenal (€ 4,00), Old Arsenal (€ 4,00), Gediminas castle tower (€ 5,00), Tre Croci (free), Bernardinai Park (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 31,00
  • Vilnius panoramic walking tour
  • Lunch at Grill Terrace (Get directions), Dinner at Etno Dvaras (Get directions)

2 day

Dedicate this second day to discovering the Old Town, with some of its most important monuments. Let's start with Piazza della Cattedrale, symbol and heart of this city. Place of fairs, events, concerts, exhibitions and parades. The name is due to the presence of the Vilnius Cathedral (7: 00-19: 00), center of Lithuanian Catholicism. The official name is Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Ladislaus and is built in the neoclassical style. We recommend that you take part in its underground tour, which takes place from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, lasting one hour and must be booked in advance on the official website.
After the visit, walk along Bernardinų g street. and reach the Church of St. Anne (11: 00-18: 00, closed on Mondays, free). It is a beautiful Gothic style church which has become UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stop for a lunch break at One for All, a beautiful place where you can choose between traditional Lithuanian dishes or more international dishes (average cost per person € 15,00).
And once lunch is over, we advise you to stop in this area, the Uzupis district, the bohemian and artistic district. You will find street musicians, painters intent on painting, many art galleries and various exhibitions and events are organized. Stroll through the lively streets of the neighborhood and stop in one of its many small and peculiar bohemian-style cafes and enjoy the atmosphere.

End the day with a dinner in a very special place, the Žalia žąsis, located on the bank of the Vilnele river, surrounded by trees, looks like a tree house. Excellent beers, traditional dishes and live music, open until 23pm (average cost € 00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral Square (free), Vilnius Cathedral (free), St. Anne's Church (free), Uzupis district, (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • Vilnius: Audio Guided Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Lunch at One for All (Get directions), Dinner at Žalia žąsis (Get directions)

3 day

Take advantage of the third day to deepen the history of Vilnius, not always roses and flowers. In fact, the city has seen dark periods, first during the Second World War, with the entry of the Nazis into the city, then under the Soviet regime. If you want to learn about the history of the Jews, explore the ancient ghettos and vast Jewish heritage with the company of an expert guide.

Dedicate your visit to Museum of the Victims of the Genocide (10: 00-18: 00, € 4,00, reduced € 1,00; audio guide € 3,00). It is dedicated to all Lithuanians who lost their lives during the Soviet regime, during the numerous riots and demonstrations for Lithuanian independence. The museum is located inside a former prison located in what was once the headquarters of the KGB.

After the visit, stop for lunch at the nearby Drama Burger, a place that prepares both meat and vegetarian burgers with high quality ingredients (average cost per person € 10,00).
After that enjoy a walk of about 20 minutes (1,6 kilometers away) through the streets of the old town until you reach the Jewish quarter of Vilnius. The city had a large Jewish community, so much so that it was called the Jerusalem of Lithuania, with an important center of Yiddish culture, third only to the New York and Warsaw communities. During the Second World War and the Soviet regime the whole neighborhood was destroyed and many people had to flee. The only original building still present is the Choral Synagogue, the only one who was saved from the destruction of the ghetto. To get the most out of this neighborhood and learn about its history, enjoy the walking tour accompanied by a guide.

End the day staying in the Jewish quarter with a dinner at Alinė Leičiai, a brewery offering both traditional and more international dishes and excellent beers (average cost per person € 15,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,6 km / 33 min
  • Places visited: Museum of the Victims of the Genocide (€ 4,00), Jewish quarter (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • Vilnius: 2,5-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour
  • Lunch at Drama Burger (Get directions), Dinner at Alinė Leičiai (Get directions)

4 day

For this fourth day we move from the historic center, going to discover the western part of the city. Here is the television tower (11:00 to 21:00, € 8,00 Mon to Thu, € 11,00 Fri to Sun and holidays), it is the tallest structure in Lithuania thanks to its 327 meters. Inside it houses a panoramic terrace from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of all of Vilnius and its surroundings and a restaurant that turns on itself, to admire the panorama even better. On clear days, the visibility extends for a good 50 kilometers! It is recommended to purchase the ticket in advance directly on the official website. To reach it from the historic center you can take the bus line 3 and get off at the Ugniagesių st. (ticket cost € 0,90 each way).
Then head to the beautiful Vingio Parkas across the Neris River. To reach it you can take several bus lines, such as lines 2G, 14, 16 and 54, getting off at the Vaivorykštės st. or 21 and 23 getting off at Ryto st., both located at the park entrance (ticket cost € 0,90 each way).

Here, stop for lunch at the Vingio Istorijos, a modern restaurant located right in the center of the park and serving international cuisine (average cost per person € 10,00).
Then enjoy an afternoon completely immersed in the green in this beautiful park, frequented by many young people for the nearby university. In fact, here there are playgrounds, a park for dogs, play areas for children, small places such as pastry shops and cafes and even a gym. We advise you to also visit the beautiful botanical gardens of the university - Vingio section (8:00 to 17:00, Sat and Sun until 18:00, € 4,00).
Once the visit is over, take the bus back to the historic center. From the bus stop outside the park, Savanorių prospektas 176, you can take the bus line 6 or 12, which will take you directly to the old town. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi, the ride will cost you on average around € 7,00.

Then end the day in the Old Town, having dinner near the Cathedral Square, perhaps at the Boom! Burgers Lithuania, a modern place with excellent burgers and always high quality ingredients, accompanied by excellent beers (average cost per person € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 17,1 km / 36 min (by car)
  • Places visited: TV Tower (€ 8,00), Vingio Parkas (free), university botanical gardens - Vingio section (€ 4,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00
  • Lunch at Vingio Istorijos (Get directions), Dinner at Boom! Burgers Lithuania (Get Directions)

5 day

Day dedicated to the discovery of Trakai, about 30 kilometers from Vilnius. To reach it you can rent a car (average cost per day per rental € 30,00) alternatively there is the direct bus of the Vilnius-Trakai line, from the central station of Vilnius to that of Trakai (journey time 30 minutes, ticket cost € 1,80 each way).
The most comfortable and interesting way to discover the city is to take part in the audio tour that starts from Vilnius.

For the morning we advise you to visit the town of Trakai, to stroll through its streets and its beautiful parks. Don't miss the Traditional Houses Karaimske, a small neighborhood where the traditional wooden houses are still preserved. Close to these colorful houses is the Trakai Karaite Synagogue, the oldest in Lithuania and one of the three Karaite sanctuaries in the world.
Before continuing with the exploration of the town, stop for lunch at the BONA Lounge, a place located on the lake, with a beautiful view of the castle and which offers international dishes, from simple and quick things to more substantial dishes (average cost per person € 15,00).
Visit Trakai's main attraction, his Trakai Island Castle (10:00 -18: 00, € 8,00) a castle located on an island that can be reached by crossing a walkway over the lake. This castle, which seems straight out of a fairy tale, houses a museum and an archery range.

End the day with a typical Caribbean dinner at Kybynlar (average cost per person € 10,00).
Just make sure not to dine too late, as if you are traveling by public transport, the last bus to Vilnius leaves around 20: 45/21: 00 (ticket cost € 1,80).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 65,1 km / 1 h 22 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Trakai (free) Traditional Houses Karaimske (free), Trakai Karaite Synagogue (free), Apžvalgos aikštelė (free), Trakai Castle (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00 (reaching Trakai by public transport), from € 20,00 with the tour
  • From Vilnius: 4-hour tour to Trakai with audio guide
  • Lunch at BONA Lounge (Get directions), Dinner at Kybynlar (Get directions)

6 day

Set out to discover Klaipeda, a port city overlooking the Baltic Sea. It is a distant destination, about 3 hours by car, but it is absolutely worth a visit!
To reach it, the best solution is to rent a car, so as not to have timetables or constraints and to be able to move freely (average cost of car rental starting from € 30,00). Alternatively, you can take the direct train of the Vilnius-Klaipėda line, which takes almost 4 hours (ticket cost € 17,40). The problem in this case is not so much the outward journey, but the return times.

If you opt for a rental car, departure is recommended no later than 7:30 am. Kleipeda is the only port in Lithuania and is one of the largest cities in the country. In the morning we advise you to stroll through the streets of the historic center and to get to the port area, where there is the famous Statue of the Ghost and, anchored to the shore, the famous sailing ship present in most of the
For lunch, stop at the Restoranas "Pilies uostas", a place where you can eat traditional Lithuanian dishes and also fish dishes, being in a port town (average cost per person € 15,00).
In the afternoon, explore the Klaipeda Castle, where you can learn about the history of the city. Formerly called Mammelburg, it once played a key role in this city, but over time it was abandoned. Today it houses a museum (Tue-Sat 10: 00-18: 00, closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays; € 1,45 with free audio guides), which traces the whole history through various exhibitions.

End the day with dinner at Žvejų baras, a modern and welcoming venue located in the historic center, offering international dishes and excellent local Lithuanian beers (average cost per person € 10,00).
After dinner, get back in the car to return to Vilnius not too late, as you will have 3 hours of driving.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 621 km / 6 h 32 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Klaipeda Old Town (free), Ghost statue (free), Klaipeda Castle (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00 (including car rental)
  • Klaipeda Private Walking Tour Klaipeda Craft Canoe Tour
  • Lunch at Restoranas "Pilies uostas" (Get directions), Dinner at Žvejų baras (Get directions)

7 day

Last day dedicated to the discovery of Kaunas, the second most important city in Lithuania, 100 kilometers from Vilnius.
To reach it you can rent a car (1 hour and 20 minutes), or take the direct train on the Vilnius-Kaunas line, from Vilnius central station to Kaunas (1 hour and 30 minutes, € 4,80). Alternatively, the comfortable private tour dedicated to the city departs from Vilnius.

As soon as you arrive take some time for stroll through the streets of the Old Town, full of typical bars, pubs, souvenir shops, Gothic style buildings. Then stroll along Viale della Libertà, a completely pedestrian avenue in Art Nouveau style at the end of which there is an imposing Orthodox cathedral and the beautiful town hall square.

For lunch, stop at the Hop Doc Gastropub, a modern and welcoming place in the historic center, with various international dishes, perfect for a quick lunch break (average cost per person € 15,00).
After lunch, go to visit the famous one Kaunas Fortress, the reconstruction of the ancient medieval defensive castle. It is located in the park near the historic center, where the two rivers that cross the city, the Neris and the Nemunas, converge. Today it is a museum that hosts various historical and artistic exhibitions and shows (10: 00-18: 00, € 3,00).

Return to Vilnius to spend your last night on the town.
Dine in one of the typical places of the city, such as the Pilies Katpedele Restaurant, which offers traditional Lithuanian dishes in a particular setting with attention to detail (average cost per person € 10,00).
And for after dinner, enjoy one last stroll in this beautiful city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 216 km / 2 h 59 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Kaunas Old Town (free), Kaunas Castle (€ 3,00), Vilnius Old Town (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00 (including train ticket for the Vilnius-Kaunas transfer)
  • Kaunas: 2-Hour City Walking Tour Kaunas Old Town: 2-Hour Ghost Tour From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest
  • Lunch at Hop Doc Gastropub (Get directions), Dinner at Pilies Katpedele Restaurant (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Vilnius

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Vilnius is a very cheap city, one of the most beautiful low cost destinations in Europe! You can stay quietly in the historic center, as the hotels have affordable prices. Also, eating out won't cost much either, as you will pay around € 10,00 / € 15,00 for a full meal in most restaurants. And the same goes for travel: cheap, fast and punctual.

  • starting from € 80,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,0 per room -
  • Vilnius: Sightseeing Bus Audio Guided Tour Vilnius: 2,5-Hour Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Flavors of Vilnius 3-Hour Food Tasting Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 480,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Vilnius: the summer, from May to September, as the temperatures are pleasant and there are several festivals and outdoor events. Winter is also very lively from a cultural point of view, with music and cinema shows, and at Christmas it is filled with lights and markets, but the temperatures are really very low, so it is only recommended if you can bear the cold - find out more
  • the city served by the Vilnius International Airport, which is about 7 kilometers from the historic center, to which it is well connected thanks to the buses of lines 1 and 2 (journey time 15 minutes, ticket cost € 1,00) and with the train (every 15 minutes, travel time 7 minutes, ticket cost € 1,00). Alternatively, you can take the taxi outside the arrivals terminal, the ride takes 10 minutes and the average cost is around € 15,00 - Private One-Way Vilnius Airport Transfer
  • the best location is obviously the historic center, where you can walk and where the most important attractions are located.Vilnius is a cheap city, in the center you can find excellent hotels at affordable prices
  • Getting around: in the historic center you can easily move on foot. To reach more distant points, you can take both buses and trolley buses, which have the same ticket (single ticket € 0,90, 24-hour day ticket € 5,00, 72-hour ticket € 8,00). By taxi, the fare to the city limits is only € 1,00 per km - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: the Vilnius Pass allows you to always enter the museums that are part of it for free, as well as being able to take part in walking tours and get on the Hop on Hop off Bus Tours. Free use of public transport is provided for the 72-hour pass only. The price changes according to the duration: 24 hours € 19,99, 48 hours € 26,99, 72 hours (without transport) € 34,99 and 72 hours (with transport) € 39,99
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