Jewish Vilnius Tour

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Get acquainted with the community that earned Vilnius the nickname “the Jerusalem of Lithuania” and learn about the times that changed the face of the city forever.

Duration: 2.5 hours
    Available in
  • English
My friend and myself went on the bespoke Jewish Tour , our guide was Milda. This began at the villnius town hall with a very clear orientation from Milda, then a walk around the old city that contained so much history. Deeply moving as I have family and my friend is from family who lived in Villnius. Milda was able to give us clear insight as well as deep sensitivity in the way she conducted the tour.
Thankyou !!!!
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Reviewed by Sarah

Highlights

  • Walk the streets of the former Jewish quarter
  • Explore areas that were Jewish ghettos during World War II
  • Get acquainted with litvaks – Lithuanian Jews

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Description

Vilnius’ streets were once full of little shops with Yiddish and Polish names. There were more than 100 synagogues and houses of worship. Thousands of Jews wandered the narrow streets of their beloved city. There was a rivalry between Jewish and Catholic merchants and craftsmen. These are just some of the things you won’t see today, but were a big part of Vilnius, or Wilno, or Vilna…

We invite you to go back in time and remember the Jewish world that existed. Wander around the streets bearing traces of the community that earned Vilnius the nickname “the Jerusalem of Lithuania”.

Get acquainted with a Litvak (Lithuanian Jew) who was known for his love of learning, as well as some famous personalities including a Jewish doctor whom children adored, a Jewish genius who could only sleep for two hours a day and a stubborn Litvak who preferred studying more than socialising.

Visit the only synagogue that’s still in use today. Learn more about the time that had such disastrous consequences for Vilnius’ Jewish inhabitants and find out what happened to them while walking the streets of former Jewish ghettos.

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What’s included & not included

  • NB! Entrance to the synagogue - additional 1 EUR!

Meeting point

Left side of the stairs of Vilnius Town Hall (Didzioji g. 31) (On the stairs of Vilnius Town Hall)

Pickup options are available for private tour bookings.

Reviews from travellers (36)

4.9/5

Supurb
Jewish Tour
This was an exceptional tour of the history of the Jewish population of Vilnius. Milda, our guide, was outstanding. She had a comprehensive knowledge of Lithuanian history, detailed history of the sites she walked us through, and was open to all questions. She also stayed after the tour ended to answer any individual question and provide recommendations
L
Very Informative and worthwhile
Milda took us to areas of Vilnius we would never have found by ourselves. She had a wealth of knowledge about Jewish life in Vilnius before during and after the Nazi regime. As we were a small group participants had various individual linkages to Vilnius which we shared. This greatly enriched the experience.
I was impressed by Milda's very mature response to issues around Lithuanians' complex and varied attitudes to Jews over time.
C
Very Good
Excellent tour. Lots of knowledge on the topic. Highly recommend this tour.
D
Very informative
Three of us were guided by Sarunas around the Jewish ghettos and other sights. We also made a visit to the Choral Synagogue. Sarunas provided us with the background of not only the Jewish people in Vilnius, but also of Lithuania's occupation history over the centuries and provided the insight and information that one cannot find on their own. It was a very enjoyable and interesting tour of Jewish Vilnius and the only way to see and understand the history of the Jewish people in Vilnius.
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Tour operated by: Vilnius with Locals