47 days in Vilnius, Kaunas & Palanga Itinerary

47 days in Vilnius, Kaunas & Palanga Itinerary

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47 days in Vilnius, Kaunas & Palanga Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
1
Vilnius
— 27 nights
2
Vilnius
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Kaunas
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Palanga
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Vilnius

27
nights
Vilnius

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vilnius Old Town and Trakai Island Castle Museum. St. Anne's Church and Gate of Dawn will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vilnius: Trakai (Chapel of St. John Nepomuk, Trakai Orthodox Church, & more), Druskininkai (Druskininkai Aquapark, One Adventure Park, & more) and Merkine (Merkine Observation Tower & Merkine Mound). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, shop like a local with Vilnil. Museum of illusions, and take in the awesome beauty at Hill of Three Crosses.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius online vacation planner .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airports are Vilnius International Airport and Kaunas International Airport. In December, daytime highs in Vilnius are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Trakai, Anyksciai, Druskininkai, Merkine, Panevezys
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

2
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Vilnius

On the 1st (Wed), appreciate the history behind Uzupis Angel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilnius Choral Synagogue, then soak in style at Turkish baths, and finally examine the collection at Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum. On the next day, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Vilnius University (Vilniaus Universitetas), head outdoors with Play Vilnius, then hunt for treasures at Akropolis, and finally don't miss a visit to Castle Hill.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip planner.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can take a train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Spas Baths Museums
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Turkish Baths
Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum ©
Vytautas Kasiulis Art Museum
Vilnius Choral Synagogue ©
Vilnius Choral Synagogue

8
nights
Kaunas

Kaunas ©
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard) and Old Town Kaunas. Museum-lovers will get to explore National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum and Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaunas: Druskininkai (Druskonis & Grutas Park) and Birstonas (Vytauto Kalnas & The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, browse the different shops at Akropolis, admire the striking features of Sugihara House, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kaunas trip maker website .

You can take a train from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Kaunas sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Palanga.

Things to do in Kaunas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Druskininkai, Birstonas
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Devil's Museum ©
Devil's Museum
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle

9
nights
Palanga

Palanga ©
Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Appreciate the collections at Lithuanian Sea Museum and Vinetu Kaimas. Get outdoors at Curonian Spit National Park and Birute's Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palanga: St. Jacob Apostle (in Sveksna), Telsiai (Telsiai Cathedral & Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church) and Plunge Manor (in Plunge). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Palanga Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Naglis mountain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at KLaipeda Evangelical Baptist Church, and learn about all things military at Cold War Museum.

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Drive from Kaunas to Palanga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Palanga sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Palanga

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Klaipeda, Kretinga, Telsiai, Thomas Mann Museum, Plunge Manor
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Curonian Spit National Park ©
Curonian Spit National Park
Palanga Beach ©
Palanga Beach
Lithuanian Sea Museum ©
Lithuanian Sea Museum

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