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Soviet Stories from Vilnius

  • Learn about the history of Vilnius from a guide

  • Taste the city’s Soviet past through Communist-era dishes

  • Sip a local beer at a Soviet pub
Soviet Stories from Vilnius
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Soviet Stories from Vilnius
US$ 44.16

Learn about and taste the recent Soviet history of Vilnius with a guide. Stop by a local market and taste Soviet-era dishes while learning about the history of this cuisine. Take note of the Soviet-era architecture in a neighborhood of apartment blocks. Stop by a pub that was famous during Soviet times and sample a local beer.

What to Expect

Exploring the Soviet past in Vilnius means diving into its quirks and absurdities, the funny and sad stories, and the harsh realities about life in ‘the best country in the world.’ On this Vilnius tour, you’ll learn about Stalin’s horrors, as well as the struggles, resistance, and drive for freedom that destroyed the Soviet empire.

We’ll meet for our Vilnius walking tour at the Town Hall, then walk toward the Jewish quarter and visit the local market, where not many things have changed, except the prices. Here we will try a Lithuanian specialty: salted and smoked bacon and “black bread,” which helped people to survive through both good and bad times. Then we’ll walk toward the former railway workers’ union house a unique place that’s now converted into a nightclub and skating park, and decorated with modern art. You’ll learn why workers needed a palace and why some factories had no address, only a mailbox.

We'll head to the Soviet block apartment district. We’ll talk about what life was like in those apartments and what it felt like to be a citizen during that era. What was it like to live in the "best country in the world"? We’ll discuss all the details and rituals of daily life, like what locals ate for breakfast, and find out why good friends were more important than money.  Next up on this Vilnius tour, it’s time to explore cuisine à la Soviet! Find out why kitchens in Soviet blocks were limited to nine square metres in size, and why canned green peas and mayonnaise were top products at that time. We’ll then pop into a Soviet-inspired restaurant to taste very special ‘delicacies’ from Soviet times. Don’t be afraid they’re actually surprisingly tasty! We’re talking about deep-fried pastry with minced meat and onion filling, which would only be prepared for special occasions. We’ll also try some Lithuanian soup, because Lithuanians can’t imagine lunch without it! And a glass of beer too, of course.
We’ll then do as the locals do and hop aboard public transit to the wedding palace, where we’ll tell you all about wedding traditions from Soviet times. We’ll also walk to a trade unions’ palace, built on a cemetery, where there are other Soviet secrets to share. We’ll hear about the importance of connections and the meaning of a Soviet saying, “It is better to have 100 friends than 100 rubles.”

From here, we’ll take in the sweeping view including spying the legendary TV tower and the most popular pub in Soviet Lithuania. It is said that beer flew through the pipes here directly from the brewery, and people could talk freely here, as it was too noisy for the KGB to spy on them.
Our final stop will be where the Soviet era both started and ended: the former KGB headquarters, now a famous museum. It used to be said that one could see Siberia from there. Across the street, there used to be the biggest monument to Lenin in Lithuania and here you will find out what happened to him when the Soviet era ended.

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Walking Tour with Anna (Urban Adventures)

This walking tour was wonderfully presented. Anna was a fount of information about Soviet architecture and history of Vilnius. She obviously loves her work and appreciates questions, to which she always had an answer. I could not have been more pleased with the tour or...More

Thank Judith A
Reviewed 1 week ago
I enjoyed my Vilnius Urban Adventures Tour--Soviet Stories from Vilnius

I learned a lot from our fantastic guide, Anna Brish. She speaks 5 languages and is very knowledgeable, and warm, and funny, and helpful. I also had Anna as a guide yesterday with Vilnius City Tours to Trakai Castle. She is an exceptional guide. I...More

Thank Nancy M
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Nancy, Thank you for your kind feedback. Anna, Vilija and all of us here in Vilnius Urban Adventures always go out of the way to provide our guests hospitality services we want to receive ourselves therefore giving friendly, unbiased advises and making our tours...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile
Vilnius Urban Adventure Walking Tour

Viktorija conducted a 2 hour walking tour of Vilnius focused on the Soviet era. The tour was very enjoyable and quiet enlightening. Viktorija is a knowledgeable guide with a love for her city and her country of Lithuania. Viktorija is a well educated Lithuanian in...More

Thank Chris G
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Chris G, Thank you for your kind feedback. Viktorija and all our other handpicked guides always go out of the way to make our tours an exceptional and memorable ones. From your throughout review sounds that you enjoyed your tour and got the sense...More

Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile
Didn’t want it to end!

To my surprise I was in a small group but the interaction with our guide Vilija was brilliant and meant that everyone’s questions were always answered quickly. I thoroughly recommend this tour as it gives such a clear picture as to how far the country...More

Thank Luke A
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Hurray Comrade Luke! :) Thank you for your kind feedback - due to small member of guests on our tours we are turning tours into interactive experiences. Vilija and all our other handpicked guides always go out of the way to make our tours an...More

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile
A walk back in time

Did this tour with Anna. She was an absolute delight and so very knowledgeable, able to answer all of our questions. All participants in the tour today were traveling together on an Intrepid trip, which helped to make the tour quite relaxed. We explored the...More

Thank Kelli L
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Dear Kelli, Thank you for your kind feedback. Anna and all our other handpicked guides always go out of the way to make our tours an exceptional and memorable ones. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about us and yourself. We...More

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26 July 2018|
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Hi, unfortunately I can't help with this question. Suggest contacting a local tour office in Vilinus.