Lithuania, the most southern of the three Baltic States, is the
biggest one of them. Together with the Latvians, the Lithuanians are
survivors of the Baltic family of peoples who lived in the region in
ancient times and traded with the Romans, primarily in amber.
Lithuania emerged as a united nation under Grand Duke Mindaugas in
the 13th century. Mindaugas´s successors founded an empire extending
as far south as the Black Sea. In 1386, Grand Duke Jagello accepted
the Polish crown, introduced Christianity, and established a personal
union between Poland and Lithuania.
After Poland´s partition Lithuania was annexed by Russia. A Lithuanian
nationalist movement developed and after the collapse of the Russian
Empire, Lithuania regained its independence in 1918. Having been forcibly
annexed by the USSR in 1940, the independence was re-established in
Lithuania is a place of rolling hills and gentle plains; of quietly
flowing rivers and of lakes. The largest river, the Nemunas, gathers
and carries the waters of many tributaries to the Baltic Sea, wherein
lies Lithuania´s famous "amber coast".
Curonian spit is the most beautiful part of Lithuania, its "tiny Sahara".
Registered as a Unesco world heritage site in December 2000, the Curonian
lagoon and spit were formed 5000 years ago by the churning waves of
the restless Baltic Sea: the northern part of the lagoon belongs to
Lithuania and the southern part to the Russian Federation (Kaliningrad
Lithuanian capital Vilnius boasts a Baroque Old Town that is the largest
in Eastern Europe and praised as the ´New Prague´. The city has managed
to retain its unique character as a northerly cultural meeting point
at the crossroads of the Roman and the Byzantine and the European and
the Eurasian worlds. Vilnius´ Old Town, covering 255 hectares of the
city, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here are some examples
of the sightseeings and tours we are ready to offer to you in Lithuania.
Estravel AS American Express Travel, the leading travel agency and
destination management operator in the Baltic States, has its own full-service
office also in Vilnius and can offer you a full scale of incoming services
in Lithuania. So, whatever your needs may be in Lithuania or any other
Baltic destination, please contact
us and consider it done!
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Read more about Lithuania
on the Lithuanian Tourist Board´s web page.