Vilnius Soviet-Themed Walking Tour

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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
The tour guide Elsa took me and my girlfriend on a nice walk through Vilnius and told us many stories about Lithuania under soviet rule. We did the tour pretty much off season so it was just the three of us on the tour. We got the chance to ask all sorts of questions and got great answers and good tips on how to spend the rest of our time in Vilnius. Thank you Elsa!
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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 (27)

4.9/5

Nice and informative informative walk through vilnius
The tour guide Elsa took me and my girlfriend on a nice walk through Vilnius and told us many stories about Lithuania under soviet rule. We did the tour pretty much off season so it was just the three of us on the tour. We got the chance to ask all sorts of questions and got great answers and good tips on how to spend the rest of our time in Vilnius. Thank you Elsa!
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!

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4.8/5

Perfect tour!
We spent a weekend in Vilnius and this guided tour with our guide Milda was a superb way to find out what interesting and exciting is there to be found in this wonderful city. Thank you Milda and lkkealocalguide for this opportunity, it really made our weekend in Vilnius a perfect and relaxing little holiday.
Lasse, Tiina, Kimmo and Anne from Finland.
Interesting and fun
Tournwas super with it! The stories were fun and interesting, but not too spooky. A great way to see the city!
Excellent ~~ An essential tour
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 !!!!
really well done...
Three of us were the oldest of the group......and from the first beer the people spoke for the whole experience. Every one was from some place else and we enjoyed the company of them all.....and we all partied like a rock star. Vilnius was a blast...
Lots of good info about Vilnius and great food
Very interesting tour, and the guide was very knowladgeble, an increadible amount of info during the 3 hours.
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Tour operated by: Vilnius with Locals