Thanks to ESA Baltic, travelers can discover the beauty, history, and traditions of Lithuania. While the country is still a newer destination for most people, according to the company’s Agne Samkuviene, it has plenty of treasures.
“Lithuania has a very deep and rich history,” says Samkuviene, who is ESA Baltic’s general manager. “Guests have the possibility to explore UNESCO sites; to see centuries-old architecture featuring Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles; and to get to know the ethnic communities and different cultures.”
The country’s capital city of Vilnius is the starting point for exploration. Its Old Town area, which dates to the Middle Ages, is a blend of the old (historical buildings and cobblestone streets) and the new (eclectic shops and restaurants).
Tours also go out into the Lithuanian countryside to virtually untouched places. Samkuviene says highlights are visiting the castle at Trakai, built in the 14th and 15th centuries on an island; the UNESCO-recognized Curonian Spit and its small fisherman villages; and the Hill of Crosses, where people from around the world have placed many type of crosses over the centuries.
“Usually tourists do not have any expectations before they come to Lithuania, but when they visit they are pleasantly surprised,” says Samkuviene. “I always hear: ‘Wow, your country is amazing; we didn’t know’, ‘You guys have lots to tell and show to the world’, or “I regret only one thing, that I didn’t discover your country earlier.’ That feedback from travelers helps motivate me.”
ESA Baltic also offers packages including neighboring Lithuania and Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, is part of some itineraries.
Top photo: Castle at Trakai
Photo by ESA Baltic