As the first Soviet republic to declare its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, this obscure tract of fairy-tale Europe – replete with medieval castles, primeval forests and quirky pagan traditions – has been rejuvenating its nation.

Once the largest empire on the European continent, Lithuania’s history reads at time like a Game of Thrones episode and presents much for those looking to discover a new side of Europe. With architectural splendours spanning the gothic to renaissance to baroque to bohemian, a hearty national cuisine, and – would you believe it – a stunning stretch of sand dune coast, Lithuania bewitches those who visit by its merging of old world Europe with full-blown Bohemian bizarro.

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Lithuania travel FAQs

It's customary when dining in restaurants to round the bill up to the nearest litas.

Internet access in Lithuania is excellent. Free wireless zones, as well as internet cafes, can be found all over the country.

Lithuania has excellent mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.

Latvia has western-style flushable toilets. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets.

Coffee = 1.50 EUR / 5 LTL
Domestic beer = 1.75 EUR / 6 LTL
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant = 4.35 EUR / 15 LTL
Meal at a mid-range restaurant = 20 - 25 EUR / 70 LTL

Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.

Yes, credit cards are widely accepted.

There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 16 Feb Independence Day
  • 11 Mar Independence Restoration Day
  • 16 Apr Easter Sunday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday 
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 7 May Mother's Day
  • 4 Jun Father's Day
  • 24 Jun St John's Day
  • 6 Jul Statehood Day (King Mindaugas' Day)
  • 15 Aug Assumption Day
  • 1 Nov All Saints' Day
  • 24 Dec Christmas Eve
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Lithuania go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/lithuania/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Woman drinking from reusable water bottle

Top responsible travel tips for Lithuania

1. Be considerate of Lithuania’s customs, traditions, religion and culture. It’s important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be in another.

2. Be cautious when mentioning Lithuania in the context of the former USSR. Even an inferred praising of Soviet practices is not likely to be appreciated.

3. The tap water is considered safe to drink, so for environmental reasons try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill and refill a reusable water bottle or canteen instead.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.

6. Shop for locally-made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.

7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.