History, Culture, Community
This tour is priced for minimum of 2 guests. Any other guest +€35.
Complete and personal introduction to Jerusalem of the North
The history of Jews in Vilnius and Lithuania
Did you know:
• That Vilnius is also known as Jerusalem of the North and hometown of the Gaon of Vilna - the foremost leader of Jewry of the past few centuries?
• That in Vilnius bears used to eat chocolate?
• That Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Marc Chagall were honorary members of the board in YIVO?
• That well-traveled Litvaks from all over the world praising local bagels as one of the best in the world?
• That many world famous artists and writers were born/resided in Vilnius – from Samuel Bak, Jacques Lipchitz, Chaim Soutine, Marc Chagall, Chaim Grade to name a few?
Welcome to relive their and our life stories!
Shalom! and welcome to Vilna – the former headquarters of YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research) - the largest Jewish scientific institution in the world, as well as the hometown of Gaon of Vilna!
Stay constantly in WOW! mode while hearing fascinating stories about lives, customs and adventures of regular and world famous Litvaks.
Learn how all citizens of Vilnius got along throughout the ages.
Get rid of the stereotypes and establish new, wider points of view.
Meet your local guide=new friend by Vilnius Cathedral and get introduced to the first Abraham and discover intriguing story of his sword and hear first bright secrets of Judaism.
Come to greet “Shalom!” horned Moses and other Jews, Litvaks and other citizens of Vilnius.
Later we move further to see bears eating chocolate, to find out why they are doing so and keep searching of the Jewish signs and imprints echoing in every step of the tour.
Stop by the Presidential Palace to hear an incredible story of Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, the Sheriff of London and his adventures in Vilnius.
Advancing to the Jewish Quarter in Vilnius Old Town, listening to the walls that remember and talk about Jewish traditions and daily life in the past. After a cup of coffee we will pass by place where Great Synagogue of Vilna used to stand, listen about its extraordinary history and sneak into museum Gaon of Vilna to experience something unique.
Strolling along beautiful streets of Vilnius Old Town, with each building holding and telling through your local guide its own story, we will approach Jewish information center to unveil terrifying secret.
Slightly shaken we’ll step out to get fresh air and meet Zemach Shabad – city’s beloved legendary doctor, reminiscence of famous doctor Doolittle, who worked in various medical fields, charity, social activities and journalism and become a hero of Vilnius town dwellers.
If we will get lucky (there will be no religious celebrations or closed events on the day of our tour) we will enter Vilnius Choral Synagogue. See the old machinery for making Matzo - special unleavened bread which is part of Jewish cuisine and hear the stories and superstitions, and why it was not destroyed during WWII.
Walking on the border of Old and New Towns and listening of today’s life of Jewish community in Lithuania we will finish our adventure for the light lunch at one of most beloved bagel shops in Vilna.
Let’s celebrate LIFE - L’Chaim!
Additional information Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, local beer tasting, smoked or dried fish tasting
Exclusions: Lunch, items of a personal nature and tips or gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Standard dress, comfortable walking shoes. Please check the local weather conditions before your tour, and dress appropriately for it.
Confirmation of booking: If you have received your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
P: +370 616 20002 or +370 616 20007
Meeting point: By the steps to the entrance into Vilnius Cathedral Clock Tower.
Suggested starting time: 10.00 AM
Ending point: Pylimo str.
Superb introduction to Jewish side of Vilnius - much more and brighter than gloomy history of Vilnius ghettos. Highly recommend!