Lithuania was part of Soviet Union for 50 years. Over the course of that time, Lithuania did manage to safeguard its national identity and initiated the eventual collapse of the Union. That said, the period of Soviet regime had undoubtedly left its mark.
We invite you to visit the hopeful ‘Communist Paradise’ that was never built, from up close. A horizon of grey cement blocks, bunkers, gravestones for those who believed in a different paradise and more.
Our 3 day tour offers the following adventures:
Day 1. Excursion “Signs of History: Long Way to Freedom (+KGB museum)” . A dinner in a restaurant Neringa, which was a popular venue for both bohemian crowd and the dissidents during Soviet Times. In the second part of the day, a walk in Zirmunai neighborhood which happens to be the first soviet style neighborhood, with typical boxy housing blocks (still standing today), referred to as ‘Chrushchiovkes”
This neighborhood was also home to a military post. Although it is radically transformed into a modern shopping zone these days, a few interesting spots reminding you of the past remain. Hence, our next stop – a cup of coffee or a pint can be enjoyed at a former bunker- turned nightclub, called “Cuba”. We will also visit a columbarium, the resting place for KGB victims .
Day 2. The first part of the day will be spent as part of the interactive theater performance -”1984. Survival Drama in the Soviet Bunker. In the evening we are offering a beer tasting tour.
Day 3. A vintage trolley tour across Vilnius. Ending with a dinner in the National TV Tower restaurant, offering a stunning view of the city, both old and new.
To fully immerse yourself in the soviet experience, we recommend staying in a Cold War bunker, turned guesthouse.
||The Bell Tower in The Cathedral Square in Vilnius center.|
|WEAR||Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
|PRICE||From 70 € to 450 € per person (depends on number of travelers)- use “Book the tour” form (on the right) and find exact price for your tour by selecting number of travelers
If you’re traveling in a group of more than 8 people – contact us for a special rate
This tour has several modifiable options to give you the most out of the experience. Please review the additional tour options listed below.
- An additional tour Day to visit Semogitian National Park. Here you will be able to visit a ballistic rocket silo, which was once equipped to launch a rocket to attack Europe. At this time, the rocket launch base is a functioning Cold War Museum, which boast an impressive collection of artiacts, KGB spying technology and more. To explore the region further, additional tours can be arranged.
- An additional day trip to Kaunas. It’s a long standing city-fortress that is historically tied closely to wartime heritage. In this tour, an underground bunker turned “KGB Museum” is a must visit.
- Another day we could add to your tour is visiting Southern Lithuania, home to an interesting Gruto Park (near Druskininkai). The park is somewhat a museum of old social statues and other memorabilia. On display you can find a whole are of soviet symbolism: from tiny Soviet indoctrination badges for kindergarten kids to large statues of Lenin. For the end of the tour, a dinner in a Soviet Styled Cafe.