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The charming Baltic state of Lithuania has much to offer, with pretty beaches, rolling countryside, vast forests and historic towns and cities to explore. Once a European superpower this proud country was the first Soviet republic to declare independence and its character, spirit and culture still shine through.
Summer is the most popular time of year to visit Lithuania, when the cities and countryside come alive. Visitors flock to the coast and countryside and the cities host cultural events. The long festival season gets underway on Shrove Tuesday, and highlights include the Song and Dance Festival in April.
Autumn is a good time to visit. The crowds have gone but the weather is still mild and there are still events on around the country, including the Mama Jazz festival in Vilnius.
Winter is the cheapest time to book a flight to Lithuania, and although the weather is cold, there is still plenty to see and do.
The capital Vilnius is a popular city break destination and there is no shortage of flights all year round. And there are plenty of ways to find a cheap deal when you book with Expedia.
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Optimal flight times to destinations in Lithuania include:
Vilnius Airport is the largest of Lithuania’s four commercial airports and is four miles south of the capital. It handles nearly 4 million passengers a year and is a base for several airlines including Ryanair. It has dining, shopping, banking and car rental facilities.
Lithuania’s second-biggest airport is Kaunas in the centre of the country. It has grown dramatically in recent years and now has more than 11,000 flights a year.
Palanga International Airport on the Baltic coast north of Klaipeda has flights to several European cities and handles 300,000 passengers a year.
Airlines flying from the UK to destinations in Lithuania include:
Vilnius Airport is just seven minutes by train from the city centre, and there are also bus, microbus and taxi services. From Kaunas airport you can take a bus or taxi to the centre.
Vilnius has an extensive bus and trolley system and taxis are easily available. To travel further afield there are good rail links between the major cities and there are coaches serving most destinations.
Hiring a car is a good way to explore the countryside, but parking can be tricky in Vilnius. The road network is good but take care during winter.
The historic cobbled streets of old Vilnius demand exploration. The restored Palace of the Grand Dukes provides a fascinating insight into the nation’s long history.
Trakai Castle on an island in Lake Galve, west of Vilnius, hosts concerts in the summer months, but the Gothic building is worth visiting any time and has an impressive art collection and historic exhibits.
The Baltic resort of Palanga, not far from the Latvian border, is a popular spot in summer and has lovely beaches. The water is swimmable in summer and in winter there is plenty of wildlife to spot.
Lithuania is a member of the EU and the currency is the euro.
If you want to endear yourself to the locals order one of the dozens of brands of local beer when you visit a bar or restaurant. Lithuania’s beers are the equal of anything German or Czech.