Meet your guide next to the Christmas tree outside the Town Hall to begin your Vilnius Christmas adventure.
We’ll start with a cranberry pap or strong apple juice to welcome you to our city. Then we’ll wander around the vibrant Christmas market in the old town, admiring the handicraft stalls and pretty light illuminations, chatting about Lithuanian Christmas traditions.
A charming old crafts store is next on our yuletide agenda, where we will learn about Lithuanian Christmas spells (and cast a few of our own) and about the types of festive decorations preferred by locals, hopefully discovering some artisan secrets of the trade as we go.
Feeling peckish? Immerse yourself in a traditional poppy seed milk-making session at a family-owned restaurant and find out about the many traditions that surround Christmas Eve dinner in Lithuania. Together we’ll taste the milk with kūčiukai — small crunchy cookies made of yeasted dough with poppy seeds. As we munch, you’ll learn some Lithuanian words and how to pronounce them, to help you navigate the city.
Next up, we’ll pop into an authentic (and tiny) Baltic ethno shop to see, touch and smell their locally made incense sticks and candles, plus lots of other unique goodies that make for wonderful and unique Christmas presents for friends and family back home.
We’ll visit the most beautiful and brightest Christmas tree in the heart of the city and as we gaze up in wonder, your guide will tell stories about all things December 25th in Vilnius and the rest of Lithaunia — when did it all begin, how the trees are/were decorated, old traditions versus new, etc. Hopefully, you’ll be well and truly feeling the Christmas spirit by now.
We’ll hit another Christmas market now, chatting to friendly vendors and trying the special Christmas treats. If you’re interested in purchasing anything, your guide can help with the all-important bargaining process!
Your tour will end at the last Christmas market stop, hopefully with you and your party in full Christmas swing, feeling festive and singing Christmas carols! Your guide will give you a small, edible Christmas gift to take home, because it wouldn’t be Christmas without gift-giving! Feel free to continue to wander around the market or your guide can advise on the best way to get back to your accommodation. Before you go, don’t forget to ask for more tips on what else to see, do and eat while you’re in town.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, one sample of traditional drink at the market, poppy seed milk with kūčiukai (cookies), one edible gift.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Please wrap up warm and bring an umbrella or plastic raincoat if the weather forecast shows rain.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: If any of the spots we normally visit are closed, we will find an alternate but equally awesome place to take you to.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.