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Lithuania Cruises

Lithuania is the perfect mix of woodland and wetland, forests and trees, and stunning coastlines. It’s the most southern of the Baltic states, which means lovely warm summers spent wandering around vibrant cities or experiencing the great outdoors through the country’s beautiful landscapes. You can soak it all up on a cruise to Lithuania.

Since regaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 – the first of the Baltic states to do so – the country has undergone rapid modernisation. The Lithuanian people are famously welcoming and exuberant, so you can expect a warm welcome when you visit this lively place.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Lithuania has the world’s fastest internet.
  • The official ‘Scent of Lithuania’ is bottled and sold. 
  • The ‘Easter granny’ brings Easter eggs – not the bunny! 
  • Lithuanian is one of the most ancient spoken languages.
  • Lithuania was first mentioned in text in 1009 AD.
 

Highlights

Landscapes

As you sail in to the port of Klaipeda, you’ll see the Curonian Spit, a 60-mile long thin strip of white sand that is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a maritime museum, a medieval city castle and a bridge built in 1855 complete with iron trusses and columns – and that’s all before you dock. Klaipeda is often used as a base to explore the rest of Lithuania, but make sure that you squeeze in a visit to the picturesque and Germanic old town whilst you’re there.

 

Culture

Visiting the small village of Lapiai gives the opportunity to see how locals live and work in the Lithuanian countryside. The cultural centre showcases the story of Lithuanians during the Soviet period when they were deported to Siberia. As you drive through the valley you’ll see a farmstead where the farmers still use traditional techniques to farm the land. 

In Kretinga you can see Count Tiskevicius’ 19th century estate, a historic mansion and museum with a collection of Lithuanian wooden art and artefacts. Past visitors have enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the grounds with a coffee from the café in the beautiful winter garden. There’s also a Franciscan monastery in Kretinga, and a fascinating underground crypt. 

 

 

Food

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If you’re in Lithuania for a while, you need to sample some of their famous mead or trautkines. Lithuanians are well known for making delicious ales, honey beer and a lot of wine made from local and seasonal fruit. A top tip when you’re on land is to try some rye bread, preferably warm from the oven with salted butter. 

Šaltibarščiai is a popular summer soup made with boiled beetroot, gherkins, cucumber and dill, all covered with sour milk or kefir. It’s usually served with a boiled potato or some fried potatoes on the side, and a chopped boiled egg is often added too. Although it may sound a little strange, it’s incredibly popular as a refreshing dish for the summer.

Mushrooms are also hugely popular in Lithuania due to Lithuanians’ seasonal eating habits – so you’ll find mushrooms on the menu throughout the summer to be used in many forms. Keep an eye out for dishes like wild mushroom soup and make sure to order some of that rye bread on the side.

 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Lithuania

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