Beer tour

Duration 6 days.

Lithuania has deep traditions in brewing. It is very difficult to imagine Lithuanians having meals without beer. The taste of real Lithuanian beer will remain in your memory for a long time…
This tour is not only for those who like drinking beer, but for people who are interested in beer making too. We offer you a merry and full of surprises trip to the land of mills and brewery. You will be glad to be in the biggest cities of Lithuania, to visit the most visited places and the best brewers. The exhibition “Agrobalt” in the exhibition centre Litexpo is not imagined without beer. A lot of brewerers gather there annually to take part in a competition. The winners are honoured as the best beer-makers of the year.
Our travel agency offers you a tour around Lithuania with visits to the biggest and best breweries. Our advice – the beer gets its taste better when you have it with Lithuanian garlic bread.
We suggest tasting another Lithuanian national drink – Lithuanian mead. It is an ancient drink of Baltic area. Mead is made from honey and some herbs. There are different mead sorts.

1st day. Arrival to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, accommodation.
City tour around Vilnius with a guide. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral, Pilies str., Vilnius University courtyards and Presidential area, St. Ann’s Church, St. Peter and Paul’s Church, the Gates of Dawn with the chapel housing a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Town Hall Square.
After lunch leave for Trakai, the historical capital of Lithuania. In 1321 Grand Duke Gediminas built Trakai castle on the peninsula of the Lake Galve. This castle served briefly as the capital of his lands before he moved back to Vilnius in 1323.
In the evening national dinner: try our national dishes and drinks (beer), be entertained by a folk show. Overnight at a hotel in Vilnius.

2nd day. Transfer to Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania. City tour in Kaunas, exploring the Old Town, visiting the Postal Museum, where papers about brewery are kept from the 17th century. Optional: visit the M. K Ciurlionis State Art museum or the Devil museum.
After lunch tour to the brewery factory “Ragutis”, founded in 1853. The brewery makes eight kinds of beer: Ragutis Premium, Ragutis Pilsner, Sirvenos, Birzieciu, Fortas, and Ragutis Special.
Dinner at the beer restaurant where all the dishes are cooked on the basis of beer, this is the only place where beer is produced from honey. Overnight at a hotel in Kaunas.

3rd day. Transfer to Siauliai. Visit the Hill of Crosses (11 km from Siauliai). The first crosses were originally erected to commemorate the 1863 uprising. On his visit to Lithuania Pope Paul II held the Mass there. You can leave your little cross to fulfil your secret dreams.
After lunch visit a special exhibition at the Siauliai “Ausros” Museum, called “Droplets Through the Beer”. It covers all beer-making equipment used in Lithuania. There are archaeological, cultural and historical exhibits too. Visit the “Ausros” Museum’s Zaliuku Windmill and examine centuries-old objects from ethnographic life.
Visit to “Gubernija” Brewery, founded in 1786. You can become acquainted with the processing of Wheaten, Wheat Crystal, Provincial Extra, Zigulinis, Sovereign beers and a low alcohol drink, called Gira.
Dinner at a country music club and overnight at a hotel in Siauliai

4th day. After breakfast leave for Birzai, the northern part of Lithuania.
Have a short city tour and visit the Tiskevicius Palace on the picturesque peninsula. Discover the unique fallen-in grounds and go along the longest bridge over the Sirvena Lake in Lithuania.
After lunch visit the Birzai “Selos” Museum. The Museum has an exhibition devoted to the sanctity of brewing and its attitudes. You will not only get acquainted with the ways of producing beer but you will also be able to taste it.
National dinner in watermill in Pasvalys. Transfer to Panevezys and overnight at a hotel.

5th day. City tour in Panevezys, visit the Art gallery that holds the exhibition of traditional ceramists’ works. Excursion to brewery factory “Kalnapilis” with the tasting of beer.
After lunch depart for Vilnius with the stops at the most interesting sites in Panevezys region. Explore Flax museum where visitors get to know all about flax and linen making.
To recall the times of the Grand Dukes and wild animals in magnificent woodlands, visit the Pasiliai Bison Reserve. The Bison is included into the Lithuanian Red Data Book for protected species.
Arrival to Vilnius. In the evening a farewell party at a brewery pub tasting beer. You will be offered 10 different kinds of beer that are made in various parts of Lithuania. You can buy various kinds of beer souvenirs (glasses, T-shirts, posters, etc.). Overnight at a hotel in Vilnius.

6th day. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure.

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Museums: M.K.Ciurlionis Museum, Devil’s Museum.
Exciting: St.Peter&Paul Church, Hill of Crosses.
Cities: Vilnius, Trakai Kaunas, Siauliai, Panevezys.

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