Free tour in Old Town of Vilnius

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Ruta
Quality Verified Registered on July 19, 2023

Hello! I'm Ruta, guide and tour leader. I share my life with two countries Lithuania and India, on summers guiding my guest in my hometown Vilnius and summers leading my fellow Lithuanians on their journey in India. Whether it's navigating through the chaotic streets of Delhi or uncovering hidden gems in Vilnius, my goal as a guide is to create lasting memories for you.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Welcome to the enchanting Old Town of Vilnius! I’d be thrilled to be your local guide and share the history and daily life of this city.

Our journey begins at the Church of St. Anne, which’s allure whispers tales of the medieval past. It’s located on the right bank of Vilnia River, or, as we say in Lithuanian, Vilnelė (we love using diminutive forms in Lithuania). Its name derives from the word vilnis – a surge. You’re right – that sounds like the name of the capital city. 

Let’s stroll along Pilies Street, a vibrant thoroughfare of the Old Town adorned with captivating facades that echo centuries of rich heritage. Here, the past and present intertwine seamlessly, painting a vivid tapestry of Vilnius’ evolution throughout the ages. Pilies Street takes us to the majestic Vilnius Cathedral and Gediminas Tower, one of the main symbols of our capital. Their imposing presence not only affords breathtaking panoramic views but also reveals the stories of our grand dukes, and brave warriors, as well as the origins, and hardships of Vilnius. 

As the capital reveals itself with every step, we walk past the Presidential Palace and Vilnius University, established more than four centuries ago. Two major institutions are closely located, separated only by a narrow street that surges up towards a peaceful square of Konstantinas Sirvydas. In the presence of the Presidential Palace, we have a chance to talk about the present-day government in Lithuania. Are we lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the president of Lithuania? Fingers crossed!


Later on, we venture deep into the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town, uncovering the history of Jewish Quarter. You may easily imagine the timeless melodies of Yiddish songs softly drifting among the surrounding walls, the everyday life, and the hardships the Jewish community has endured throughout the ages. The traces of their presence are inseparable from the spirit of Vilnius – the Jerusalem of the North. 

Falling in love with the city we stop at the Town Hall Square, recounting tales of celebrations, meetings, fairs, and theatre. Here you may feel the optimistic aura of present-day Vilnius, with a little rush, and another story that awaits you just around the corner. 

Join me on this two-hour tour and let’s unlock the secrets of Vilnius together!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Maironio g. 10, 01124 Vilnius, Lithuania
    Maironio g. 10, 01124 Vilnius, Lithuania
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    We will meet neat the sculpture of poet Adams Mickevičius near Church of St. Anne, Vilnius. I will have a placard in hands: "Old Town tour with Ruta"

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    Outside visit
    St. Anne's Church
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Pilies gatvė
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Gediminas Castle Tower
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Vilnius Cathedral
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Vilnius University
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Presidential Palace of Lithuania
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Entrance to Jewish Vilnius
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Vilnius Town Hall

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Rajiv 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Ruta had very detailed Knowledge of cultural and religious history. She is passionate about the subject. She shared lot of fun stories and gave many tips for exploring on my own as well. Wonderful tour !
Andrei 12 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Today we joined the tour of Ruta, unfortunately we had to leave after 30 minutes for private reasons. But the start was very good and we hope we'll get a second chance to walk with this guru! Andrei & Gordon
Igor 22 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
Ruta is a very friendly person and extremely professional guide 🌟 very knowledgeable, familiar with the context of history and absolutely objective regarding any topic. We very well learnd about the city and fall in love with! Ruta also sherd us very useful tips about the places to visit. Every recommendation!👍🏼
Pip Easling 16 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Ruta was amazing! On a chilly autumn morning, she agreed to host the tour even though it was just me. She was incredibly knowledgeable and gave the history of Lithuania a personal touch with some family stories. I highly recommend her, I can sometimes get bored when listening to too many dates and names of historical figures, but Ruta kept it fun and engaging the whole time.
Khalid 09 Oct 2023
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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Ruta was an excellent guide. She is nice and very knowledgeable. The walking tour was very informative and I learned a lo. Ruta was able to answer all the questions professionally. When there is no proof and evidence to the provided information, she will mention it. I highly recommend Ruta as your next guide.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 16 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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