Exploring the Soviet past in Vilnius means diving into its quirks and absurdities, the funny and sad stories, and the harsh realities about life in ‘the best country in the world.’ On this tour, you’ll learn about Stalin’s horrors, as well as our the struggles, resistance, and drive for freedom that destroyed the Soviet empire. For 50 years, Lithuania was a Soviet republic and this period left many visible marks. This is a country where partisan war lasted for nine years, where almost every family has someone who perished in Gulags, where unarmed people protected their country from Soviet tanks, and where the collapse of the Soviet Union began. WE’ll meet for our Vilnius walking tour at the Town Hall, then visit oldest remaining market in Vilnius. Here we will try a Lithuanian specialty: salted and smoked bacon and “black bread,” which helped people to survive through both good and bad times. Walking and riding through Soviet blocks, WE’ll tell you about what life was like to be a citizen during that era - WE’ll pop into a Soviet-inspired restaurant to taste very special ‘delicacies’ from Soviet times discuss all the details and rituals of daily life, like what locals ate for breakfast, and find out why good friends were more important than money. YOU will end up your tour in the point of no return - former KGB headquarters and prison - for a different kind of experience.
Hi, my name is Kestas and I'm deeply rooted local of Vilnius. Together with my most hospitable friends and certified guides Vilija, Viktorija and Ieva we are the bunch who are exploring and offering urban and suburban adventures for city guests. Vilija - the last of homo sovieticus. Viktorija - Soviet era expert. Ieva - graduated Food historian. We are the last generation which have lived through Soviet Union regime and behind Iron Curtain - therefore could tell our private stories and are happy to share our love to modern day Vilnius with you. The experience we provide are researched, created, constantly improved and felt by ourselves and always have a local and cultural touches with inclusions, because we believe that a truly memorable experience is the felt one. Come to discover many faces of Vilnius and befriend our lovely city.
We'll taste very special ‘delicacies’ from Soviet times. Don’t be afraid — they’re actually surprisingly tasty!
It's up to you what you can handle - berry wine, beer or shot of vodka :)
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We'll buy and teach you how to validate your ticket on public bus and much more.
After meeting we will visit the local market. Then we’ll walk toward the former Railway Workers’ union house - a unique place that’s now converted into a nightclub and decorated with modern art. We will have Soviet style lunch before heading to the Soviet block apartment district to stroll through classified factories and ride to Wedding Palace. Our final stop will be where the Soviet era started and ended - former KGB headquarters and prison.
***If you're a group of 4 or more, reach out before booking to get one person for free. This offer is subject to availability and until the end of 2019*** Ask questions about the tour and check the meeting point prior to the tour, late guests often are unhappy and will not be accepted.
Lonely Planet Experiences-Soviet Vilnius