Vilnius Soviet-Themed Walking Tour

From

10 EUR

Visit Vilnius’ key Soviet heritage sites, see a different side of the city, find out how the Soviet occupation impacted local life and hear funny and crazy stories that should never be forgotten.

Duration: 2.5 hours
    Available in
  • English

Highlights

  • Find out how basketball led us to independence
  • Hear horrific tales of life and death during the occupation
  • Hear the brave stories of people trying to runaway to the West
  • See imposing Soviet-era architecture
  • Learn how the KGB spied on foreign guests

Description

On March 11, 1990, Lithuania became the first country to declare independence from the USSR after 50 years of Soviet occupation. Those years had a huge impact on the lives of ordinary people, Lithuania’s culture and its architecture.

The road to independence was not easy, but Lithuanians never gave up. They started one of the longest guerrilla wars in Europe in the 20th century and finished it with the Singing Revolution and the Baltic human chain.

The occupation, however, was not all bad news. It gave us new buildings, a new style of architecture, and lots of funny and crazy stories that should never be forgotten.

During this tour you’ll visit the main Soviet heritage sites and see places that most foreigners miss! You’ll find out how basketball led us to independence, how the KGB spied on foreign guests and in which hotel all foreigners had to stay, where to find the best hot chocolate in the city, why unemployment didn’t exist during Soviet times and much more!

There’s a lot of walking involved so please wear comfortable shoes and dress according to the weather conditions.

What’s included & not included

  • Very friendly and knowledgeable local guide

Meeting point

In front of Gediminas monument at the Cathedral square

Reviews from travellers (23)

4.9/5

Great tour!
This is quite a long tour, but well worth it. (Don't worry, there's a break for coffee). The guide is very interesting to listen to, it's not just the regular repeating of facts. We learned a lot from this tour. Fantastic stories!
Insightful and very interesting
Leva gave thoughtful and personal insights into life in Vilnius during the Soviet era. We came away with understanding and appreciate we could not have gained through guidebooks. We highly recommend this tour.
Great tour with Tadas!
We had a really good time on the tour. Tardas was a fantastic guide - very knowledgable & enthusiastic! We would recommend this tour.
Great way to delve into past yet recent history
Super!
Great guide and great tour in Vilnius, definitely worth it!
Excellence meets efficiency!
Thank you Iova (Eva) for the amazing soviet themed tour.
We really could stock up on local history and interesting facts about the soviet era. Our guide was professional, charming and answered our 2000 questions very patiently, Highly recomande
Thanks again, I hope lots of you who read this will take the tour!
Great tour with Šarūnas
Well planned out and paced tour. A good introduction to contemporary local history.
Fantastic and informative
Excellent tour around vilnius, with a very knowledgeable guide. Very informative and answered everyone's questions.
Very interesting!
Our group of 4 Aussies did the Soviet walking tour last weekend on Saturday afternoon and had a really enjoyable tour. Very interesting history, our guide was very knowledgeable and he was very helpful and friendly. He made some excellent suggestions for places to check out after our tour as well!
Great tour
Ieva brought a forgotten era to life
For anyone in Vilnius, be you a regular visitor, a weekend guest or even a local, I highly recommend the Soviet walking tour. Ieva was the guide during my trip and she brought such charisma and charm to what is a dark chapter in the memory of many Lithuanians. Her passion for history, especially the human aspect of it lead me to learn many things that you can't read about in travel guides or online articles. She was happy to answer any question and suggested movies and further reading to build on what we discussed. Whether you have just arrived in Vilnius or are at the end of your stay, don't hesitate to go, you'll soon see the city in a different light.
Insight into Lithuania
Leva was our guide and she really gave us a very interesting and detailed account of post-war life in Vilnius, combining personal anecdotes with huge historical events. She drew on the city's buildings, artworks and stories to provide us with a thought-provoking tour. It was very moving and uplifting to see how the people of Lithuanian have survived through their strength of character, stoicism, humour and religious beliefs.
Thank you very much for a wonderful experience.
Amazing tour with Iieva B.
Ieva B. kept our family and friends (we had booked a private tour) spellbound with her combination of historical facts and personal anecdotes about life during the Soviet occupation. I wish all history lessons would be as fascinating as our walk through Vilnius!

I also gave Ieva B. five stars on Trip Advisor.
Soviet Tour with Ieva B.
Congratulation to Ieva, she's a very goor guide, intelligente and sensitive.
Soviet-Themed Walking Tour I took in Vilnius was very good and informative.
Our tour guide Martina was simply fantastic, very knowledgeable and easy to listen too, she talked about all kinds of historical facts which led Lithuania and it's people to Independence. Book in advance and check the weather forecast.
Fascinating insight
Our guide Arminas was just brilliant - we met him on an extremely cold day (minus 20 degrees) and his beard was all frosty! He even brought extra clothing to share in case we got cold. He showed us all around some really interesting and 'off the beaten track' parts of Vilnius and gave a fascinating insight into its history. He kept the pace up so we didn't get frozen and we stopped at an ex-Soviet hotel for coffee. Arminus was charming, enthusiastic and it was a real delight to spend time with him. Thank you.
Experience a Beautiful City in Good Company
I went on two tours with this company, 'Soviet Vilnius' and the 'Food Tour'. The guides were exceptional - well-informed, good-humoured and good company. Their tours are fairly priced and I would recommend the company to tourists who want more from their visit than looking out a bus window and want to connect with the place and the people.
We had the pleasure of a guided tour provided by one of your guides, Martyna, this sunday. It was a very inspiring tour and your tourguide Martyne made it very interesting. We took the Soviet tour.
The guide was good. She talked about both the big history and the small day to day stories, which was good.
It could have been fun to have been inside a typical building from the periode.
Excellent!
Martine (spelling?) was very knowledgable and had excellent English. Best tour of our Lithuanian trip.
My friends and I booked the Soviet tour in Vilnius which was really interesting. We left the Old Town and explored the other side of the city which has lots of interesting stories too. Our guide Martina (sorry if it's wrong :) was the best. She was not only knowledgeable but interesting and fun to listen. I would definitely recommend everyone to join this tour. Just be sure to book it in advance.
Great tour and informative guide who showed us the recent history of Vilnius. We had a group of 8 so had the luxury of a private tour which was nice. We took the Soviet Union tour and were led off the tourist path which was very interesting. Tour comes recommended and Martyna was very sweet.
We spend a weekend in Vilnius and booked the "Soviet Vilnius" private tour for 9 people. Our tour guide Martyna was absolutely fantastic! In 4 hours we covered everything from Communist remains over wooden hut district to Little Manhattan highrisers and back to Soviet era and Lithuanian independence. We learned about different eras in Lithuanian history, culture and even movies.
This tour was the highlight of my trip and I can only highly recommend it to anyone visiting Vilnius.
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