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Lithuania Tours

Lithuania Tours

Located on the southern end of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania tours enjoy a distinctly northern appeal. Surrounded by 99km (60 miles) of coastline, including an area sheltered by the white sands at Curonian peninsula, Lithuania's seaside may be considered its largest draw. However, those who join us on our Lithuania tours often feel it is the stunning skylines and interesting blend of history that are most fascinating.

Covered by large ice sheets until the glacial retreat of the last ice age, Lithuania only began to be settled 10,000 years ago. Forming Baltic tribes, Lithuania is one of the two countries in Europe to have an Indo-European language that was originally spoken by the tribes from thousands of years...   Read More
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Visit the must-see highlights then discover little-known attractions most tourists never hear about.
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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides

 

 

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Our Lithuania Tour Leaders


Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Located on the southern end of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania tours enjoy a distinctly northern appeal. Surrounded by 99km (60 miles) of coastline, including an area sheltered by the white sands at Curonian peninsula, Lithuania's seaside may be considered its largest draw. However, those who join us on our Lithuania tours often feel it is the stunning skylines and interesting blend of history that are most fascinating.

Covered by large ice sheets until the glacial retreat of the last ice age, Lithuania only began to be settled 10,000 years ago. Forming Baltic tribes, Lithuania is one of the two countries in Europe to have an Indo-European language that was originally spoken by the tribes from thousands of years prior.

This creates a significant difference with many of Europe's countries. As no tribe completely replaced the ethnic groups that arrived after the neolithic period, modern day Lithuanians have similar genetics as to their ancient ancestors. This means most of the population looks strikingly similar.

The fragmented tribes of long ago unified under a kingdom in the 13th century, which eventually led to the Lithuanian people being ruled by Sweden, Poland, France and Russia.

During medieval times Lithuanian was the last European nation practicing paganism until being Christianized in the 13th century.

Other religions were brought to the country as well, including Judaism in the 14th century with the Kara-Kalpak people. Trakai, a town situated on the shores of several lakes, has two prominent castles built to fend off German knights in the 14th century. Trakai is famous for its population of Jewish Kara-Kalpak people who were brought to Trakai from the Crimean Peninsula by the Grand Duke Vytautas.

However, the 14th century was still dominant with the Christian faith as evident with chapel of Saint Kazimieras in Vilnius as well as the baroque Peter and Paul Church, originally built in the 14th century.

It's hard to imagine the greatness of medieval Lithuania with the stark contrast of 20th century Lithuania. Under Soviet rule, Lithuania fell to the German Nazis in WWII and was subjected to the horrors of war. During the occupation, approximately 95% of the Jewish population were killed.

Following their defeat, the Soviets reestablished themselves leading to communist rule until 1991. Collectivization on agriculture hit Lithuania particularly hard in addition to the deportation of large numbers of Lithuanians to Siberia. Lithuania continued to fight and was able to secure independence prior to the Soviet withdrawal in East Germany.

No better place to see plight of the German and Soviet resistance is there than the Hill of Crosses, located just north of the small industrial city of Siauliai. On a small hill stand thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and act as a compelling resistance memorial to the German and Soviet occupation. It is considered a national place of pilgrimage.

Truly the highlight of our Lithuania tours is observing the variety of influence concerning the aesthetics of the capital city, Vilnius.The Old Town has nearly 1,500 historic buildings of note built over several centuries creating a splendid blend of many different architectural styles.