Vilnius Soviet-Themed Walking Tour

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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
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!
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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

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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.

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What’s included & not included

  • Very friendly and knowledgeable local guide

Meeting point

In front of Gediminas monument at the Cathedral square (Gediminas monument on Cathedral Square)

Pickup options are available for private tour bookings.

Reviews from travellers (25)

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!
Super!
Great guide and great tour in Vilnius, definitely worth it!
Great tour with Šarūnas
Well planned out and paced tour. A good introduction to contemporary local history.

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4.9/5

Great experience
Me and my sister did the ghost tour on Halloween and really enjoyed it. Despite the cold, Samuelis did a great job and kept the group entertained with a lot of humor and scary stories. We especially liked the fact that he involved the group members and even passersby. We would definitely recommend the tour as you can see a lot of historic sceneries of Vilnius as well.
A definite local perspective
Enjoyed the tour seeing aspects of Vilnius we would never had seen had we been walking around ourselves with a map.

Our guide had a wonderful personality and threw in just enough history without making it boring.
Fun & Odd stories
We were 5 friends expending 3 days of holidays in Vilnius. We tried to make the most of every day there, and we didn't regret going to this tour!
We had lots of fun and discovered really interesting things about the people, buildings and history of Vilnius.

So our advice will be... Come on! You won't regret it!
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Tour operated by: Vilnius with Locals