So i just got back from my weekend trip to Lithuania that i booked for under £100, if you want to know how have a look here.
WHERE TO STAY
I stayed at Hotel Zemaites costing around 70-80 euros for 2 people for the weekend which in my eyes is a complete bargain! The hotel is a 3 star hotel and is pretty basic but is clean and has everything you need. The hotel is a 10-15 minute drive from the airport and also a 5 minute drive from the cathedral square and city centre. There is a lidl supermarket across the road and everything you may need near by. The hotel also has a pool and sauna at an extra cost which you can book at reception.
I had a look online at a couple of other top hotels in the city and depending on your budget/style I found:
3* Hotel Panorama – around £35 per night
4* City Hotel Algirdas – around £70 per night
5* Kempinski hotel cathedral square – around £200 per night
TOP ATTRACTIONS/WHAT TO DO
City tour – I teamed up with Vilnius city tours who i couldn’t recommend enough. On the Saturday i did their hop on hop off city tour which was around an hour and half long without leaving the bus. They have audio headphones in 10+ languages giving you all the details you need about the city and was very helpful with any questions or queries you had.
Tour to Trakai – On the Sunday i again teamed up with Vilnius city tours and was booked on the day tour to Trakai/Trakai castle. This tour is something I was really looking forward to before i visited Lithuania and Trakai castle lived up to all my expectations from what i had been researching online. It takes around 30 minutes to get there from Vilnius city centre, When arriving you are given a tour around the castle – Our guide was a lady called Helena who was so friendly and had so much information to give, she also knew the best spots for pictures which defiantly won me over even more! I visited in March so the castle looked very different to my online research as the river had frozen over and there was snow everywhere! I will defiantly visit again in the summer to see it looking like something more of a fairy tale and the lake not being a giant ice rink.
Cathedral square & Vilnius Cathedral – The Cathedral square is the main square in the old town of Vilnius, it is also right in front of the gorgeous Vilnius Cathedral and bell tower which i would defiantly recommend going to see.
Gediminas’ tower – This is something i was recommended by a few people to go and visit but unfortunately when i was travelling the tower was closed for maintenance and i wasn’t able to visit. The Gediminas’ Tower is the remaining part of the Upper Castle in Vilnius and The first wooden fortifications were built by Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania.
WHERE TO EAT/DRINK
I only visited for 2 days so I didn’t eat too much but the old town and city is full of restaurants, cafes and bars that you can enjoy. I usually only eat dinner and for lunch would usually just grab a snack or coffee from a local supermarket – the two biggest around being Lidl and Maxima.
A couple of places i did pop in to grab coffee as it was so cold were, Boom! Burgers Lithuania which is right on cathedral square, also Vero Cafe which is also on the square. Both had decent coffee for under 2 euros.
My Favourite meal i had over the weekend was at Sue’s Indian Raja, if you have read any of my previous posts you have probably noticed I try Indian restaurants abroad alot! Indian food is my favourite and will always be my top choice, again this restaurant is right on the square but was reasonably priced costing about 20/25 euros for a full meal and drinks.
HOW TO GET THERE & TRAVEL AROUND
I travelled into Lithuania VNO airport from London which took around 2 and half hours with Ryan air. When landing it only takes around 15 minutes to get to the city centre from the airport by car so i decided to just take a taxi to my hotel, as usual outside the airport the taxi’s are usually a rip off! They were charging 20-25+ euros! I decided to check if my uber app worked and was pleasantly surprised when i realised it did and my uber to the hotel was only a little 6 euros instead. You can also catch busses and trains into the city centre if prefered.
I would usually walk a lot more but it was FREEZING this weekend and was snowing/raining on and off so i did take a lot of ubers from place to place. They varied from 2 euros to maximum paying 7 which I didn’t mind doing if it kept me warm. However transport around the city centre is great and pretty easy to use.
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Let me know in the comments below if you have visited Vilnius before and your favourite spots 🙂