Day 1 . Vilnius
Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 2. Vilnius-Trakai-Vilnius
City tour of Vilnius, including The Church of St. John's tower with a wonderful panoramic view of the city, The Cathedral (St Stanislaus and St Vladislav Cathedral), Presidential Palace and the jewels of 16 - 17 century Gothic and Baroque architecture. Also city hall, and many beautiful architecture pearls of Vilnius. In the afternoon a tour of Trakai, the ancient capital and the residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania, located 28 km from Vilnius, famous for its 14th century insular castle with a museum of Lithuanian history.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 3. Jewish Vilnius
A walking tour in the medieval Jewish quarter, its lanes and courtyards, the history and the sad fate of the Great Synagogue of Vilna, the personality of Vilna Gaon the greatest spiritual figure in the Jewish history, the site of the Strashun library. Building of the world famous Jewish printing house “Widow and Brothers Romm”. The Small Ghetto and the Large ghetto of the period of WWII, where more than forty thousand of Vilna Jews were concentrated, the building of the Judenrat on the Rudninku street, the activities of the F.P.O. - the United Partisan Organisation under the leadership of Itzik Vitenberg and Abba Kovner.
Later you will see Monument for Zemach Shabad . Tsemakh Shabad was a l egendary personality. The doctor was active in various spheres of life, including charity (he was one of the heads of the Jewish community member for supporting refugees), health care (as founder of the Ozė health community in Vilnius), education and science (as an active figure in the Central Jewish Schools Organisation and one of the initiators of the establishment of YIVO), public affairs (together with J. Vygodskij he re-established the Vilnius Jewish Community) and journalism. Visit the Jewish State museum and see its exhibitions of the Jewish life throughout the ages. A walk to the old Vilnius University founded in 1579.
A visit to the Large ghetto of Vilnius.The graves of the Gaon of Vilna, Hayim-Oyzer Grodzenski, a spiritual leader of Vilna Jewry before the war, Shmuel Yosef Finn - famous historian, author of “Kiryah Neemanah” the first book of the history of Vilna Jews, and many others. Visit to the “Cheap Houses” built in 1898 by baron Hirsch for the poor Jewish families that lost their dwellings after the great flood.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 4. Vilnius-Ukmerge-Panevezys
Morning visit Memorial Museum of Paneriai, a small settlement close to Vilnius that was the place of massacre of many thousands of Jews during the World War II. After paying a tribute to the victims of the Holocaust return to Vilnius.
Departure for Ukmerge and Panevezys. A short tour of Ukmerge, once an active center of the Jewish life. Afternoon arrival in Panevezys- tour of Panevezys (Ponevezh), including the building of the former world famous Ponevezh Yeshiva, Synagogue, the Jewish ghetto, common grave of the Holocaust victims in the outskirts of the city.
Overnight in Panevezys.
Day 5. Panevezys-Siauliai-Palanga-Klaipeda
Morning departure to Šiauliai. Sightseeing tour of Siauliai (Shavli) and a meeting with the members of the Jewish community. En route to Palanga visit the Hill of Crosses. Palanga - a popular resort on the Baltic Sea, famous for its kilometer-long beaches and the beautiful Botanic Park with the The Palanga Amber Museum Later drive to Klaipeda. Sightseeing of the Old Town of Klaipeda (Memel) distinguished for its German influenced medieval architecture.
Overnight in Klaipeda.
Day 6. Klaipeda-Nida-Klaipeda
Morning drive to Nida on the Curonian Spit. En route stop at Juodkrante for a walk on the Raganu Kalnas (Hill of Witches), a vivid example of Lithuanian folk wooden sculptures. A visit to Nida, a lovely place with its 60 meter-high sand dunes and the Amber Gallery - Museum.
Overnight in Klaipeda.
Day 7. Klaipeda - Kėdainiai - Kaunas
Morning departure for Kaunas (Kovna), the interim capital of pre-war Lithuania.
First stop in Kedainiai city. Visit to Kėdainiai Synagogue. (Kaunas district). The new synagogue was built in the middle of the 19th century. It was built by the town’s richest tailor I. Vilneris. It is a two-story building. Men would pray on the first floor and women on the second floor. Two memorial tables in Lithuanian and Hebrew were placed on the wall of this synagogue in memory of the great Jewish religious thinker Gaon Elijahu of Vilnius. The old Kedainiai synagogue stands at the same place. Later a walk in the Kaunas Old Town with its art galleries and cosy cafes. A. Mapu and L. Zamenhoff streets.
The pre-war Jewish Real and Schvabe gymnasiums. Later tour to Slobodka (Vilijampole), a Jewish suburb of pre-war Kaunas and the site of the ghetto during WWII. The Great Action at Demokratu street.
The Old Jewish cemetery. The Seventh and the Ninth Forts - the murder sites of thousands of Jews from Lithuania,France and Germany. The Holocaust museum and the Memorial of the The The Ninth Fort. The Synagogue and the Children's memorial in its courtyard.
Visit a Sugihara‘s House museum.
Overnight in Kaunas.
Day 8. Kaunas-Rumsiskes-Vilnius
Morning departure to Open-air Museum of Rumsiskes - Ethnographic Museum, where the visitors find themselves in
the various villages of Lithuanian regions of the XIX c. Drive to Vilnius. Enjoy the free afternoon in the capital
Overnight in Vilnius
Day 9 Vilnius
Morning breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.
Price 1225Eur/person staying in a double room
- Accommodation with breakfast in centrally located 4* hotels;
- Private car/minivan service as per itinerary including arrival/ departure transfers;
- Sightseeing tours with car and English/Yiddish/Hebrew speaking guide( such Chaim Bargman, Emilija Paplaitiene, Yulik Gurevich and other) as per itinerary;
- Admission fees as per ittinerary;
- Info package.