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Vilnius Old Town (Vilniaus Senamiestis)
Vilnius Old Town (Vilniaus Senamiestis)

Vilnius Old Town (Vilniaus Senamiestis)

Vilnius, Lithuania

The basics

Despite the odds, the Vilnius Old Town has survived its numerous invasions relatively unscathed. The district's architecture today includes Gothic, baroque, and Renaissance structures all in this single district, though the neoclassical Cathedral may be the standout attraction. Top sights include the 15th-century Gediminas Castle Tower, the Old Arsenal, 16th-century university building, and numerous churches.

Since many of the city's noteworthy attractions are located in the Old Town, you can see more on a sightseeing tour. Most Old Town tours—and Vilnius citywide tours—include stops at the Presidential Palace, St. Anne’s Church, Gate of Dawn, and more. If you want to see more in less time, scooter tours and bike tours are the best choices.

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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
$150.55 per adult
Traveler Favorite
It’s worth it!!
It was a surreal experience! The staff was very professional and friendly. The take off and landing were smooth . There was champagne at the end of the flight and return to the starting point. Worth the price!
Taarini_A, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vilnius

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Great Experience
Alexandra_G, Jun 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
The guys from Hot airlines were super professional . I would recommend them to everyone. The views were spectacular and we felt safe at all times
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Fun way to see Vilnius!
Jennifer_W, Feb 2022
Scavenger hunt through Vilnius Old Town
Had fun figuring out the clues and seeing all the interesting sites, we learned a lot of history. Great directions and hints! Highly recommend!
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one of the best experiences ever
RenErik_H, Jun 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
Friends said they respect my courage when I told them about my flight in the hot air balloon. Honestly during the take off I felt a bit unusual, but the whole team was so well prepeared and professional before the flight and also in between that I would never say it was fear... During the flight the experience was so overwelming that I could not do anything but smile. If you read this and should have the chance to do the trip, too, do not hesitate. You will never forget this flight - neither will I. Thank you to the team and Viator!
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Must thing to-do in Vilnius!
Milda_Z, Aug 2020
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
Excellent service - team was super attentive and shared positive energy! We had an evening flight with enterntaining guide Vytas. Thank you for this experience! For other travellers - I would recommend to book in advance and have quite flexible evening as timing is clear only on the day of the flight.
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An unforgettable experience
Laura_Z, Jul 2020
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
Superb experience! Excellent service! Nothing was too much of a problem! We had an amazing and knowledgeable pilot Vytautas - the best! Highly recommend. An unforgettable evening! Thank you all - you have an outstanding team!
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A Wonderful Experience
Jet40897751729, Aug 2019
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Vilnius Old Town
All staff were very professional and the pilot gave us a great trip over the countryside surrounding Vilnius. This was our first time in a hot air balloon and it exceeded expectations in all ways. Highly recommended.
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Things to know before you go

  • Devote a day or two to explore the Old Town, since the area covers about 3.6 square kilometers (887 acres).
  • Don't miss the Higher Castle; it's easiest to reach via the funicular located next to the cathedral.
  • If you're interested in the best views in the city, opt for a hot air balloon flight.
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How to get there

Parking is a premium in the Old Town, so guided tours are the most convenient option. Walking tours, bike tours, and even food tours explore the Old Town. You can also visit on a regional tour, and find your way to Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, and more. Since the Old Town includes many of the city's top attractions, this district is typically included.

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When to get there

Since Vilnius is warm in summer and cold in winter, you should plan to visit when the weather is balmy—in June, July, and August. If you want to avoid the peak July tourist season, you can also opt for a visit in late spring or early fall to enjoy great weather without the crowds.

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Uncover the Jewish History of Vilnius

To discover the Jewish history of the Old Town from the devastation of World War II to Jewish culture in post-Soviet Lithuania, you can try a Jewish cultural tour. Most tours include stops at the great synagogue ruins, the Choral Synagogue, and the site of the Ponary massacre. Customized tours are also an option, and may give Jewish visitors the chance to uncover regional family heritage.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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