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Fly to Vilnius, Arrive in Kaunas!

Wizz Air customers aiming to fly to Lithuania's capital Vilnius from Belfast during the main summer months are in for a shock - that is if they haven't had one already!

The flight from Belfast International will not be landing at Vilnius, capital of the central European city with the largest Old Town, protected by UNESCO, but at its former capital and second city Kaunas, 60 miles away!

The reason: Vilnius airport will be reconstructing its takeoff and landing strips from July 14 to August 18. And no planes are allowed to land in Vilnius during the renovation period.

Majority of the flights are being redirected to Kaunas (100 km or 60 miles away from Vilnius), providing an opportunity to visit two cities instead of one (another redirect airport is located in Palanga, on the Baltic seashore, 350 km or 210 miles away from Vilnius).

A tour company Vilnius in Love is presenting a special sightseeing and transfer package for the summer of 2017: Kaunas & Vilnius Sightseeing plus transfers, are available at 150 EUR per person (groups of two or more people) July-August only. The package includes pickup from Kaunas airport; sightseeing in Kaunas Old Town; (1.5 hours) Transfer to/from Vilnius (200 km); Sightseeing in Vilnius Old Town (2.5 hours).

Kaunas is the second-largest Lithuanian city with a beautiful Old Town and has been declared as Europe’s cultural capital of 2022. The Old Town is situated at the confluence of Lithuania’s two largest rivers, Nemunas and Neris. This is where Kaunas castle still stands, having survived multiple attacks by German Teutonic Knights.

Due to political uncertainty after World War I, Kaunas became Lithuania’s temporary capital from 1920 to 1940. For two decades, the city lived its most intense period, experiencing boom of modernist buildings of unique local character. Today, Kaunas charms visitors with cobblestone streets, gothic facades, modernist architecture, outdoor restaurants and bars, as well as strong cultural life, full of festivals, outdoor concerts, museums and theatres.

Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, is the city of breathtaking Baroque architecture, cozy allies, cobblestone streets, and outdoor cafes. It’s also one of the greenest capital cities in Europe.

Visitors can walk through the charming Old Town, which is the largest Old Town in central Europe, protected by UNESCO, and follow the 15-16th-century labyrinth of streets and boulevards.  During the tour, you will visit the 17th-century Gates of Dawn, the remnant of the city’s defensive wall that also has a famous Chapel welcoming religious pilgrims, the Classical Town Hall, the gorgeous Baroque St. Casimir’s Church, Vilnius University, established in 1579, the brick-clad Gothic spires of St. Anne’s Church, Cathedral Square, and much more.

The company is also offering longer more extensive tours to Vilnius and Kaunas and the surrounding areas including to places such as Trakai, (pictured) a stunning medieval castle on a lake, and to Rumiskes, an open-air ethnographic museum set in a picturesque bank of Kaunas Lagoon.


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