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Soviet Stories from Vilnius

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  • 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
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Soviet Stories from Vilnius
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Overview

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.

Reviews (23)
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Reviewed 31 October 2018
Veni, vidi, Victoria

We experienced a real tour de force because we were lucky enough to have Viktorija as our guide. She was very personable, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. As three-hour experiences go I can't recommend it highly enough. My only complaint was that it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Impavid574
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Dear Impavid574, Thank you for your kind feedback and high evaluation. Our Soviet Stories of Vilnius tour was thoroughly crafted and of course Viktorija adds her personal experience. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about us and yourself. We wish you...More

Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile
Unique experience in Vilnius

We booked the Soviet Tour and it was a perfect experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She told us a lot of stories from the soviet times and we had a lot of fun. In the evening we also joined a Food...More

Thank oliviasC8571AK
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Dear Olivia, Thank you for your kind feedback and high evaluation. We are so happy to read you have liked our Soviet and Food adventures – we have enjoyed your company too. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about us and...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018
Well worth it!!

Viliya was our guide and she was the best. Her knowledge is enormous and this together with her own life experience made this tour a well worth one. I decided to go to the KGB museum on an other day and it was very impressive.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Dear Carine, Thank you for your kind feedback and high evaluation of our service - we are very glad to read it. Vilija and all our guides always put their personal touch and go out of the way to make our tours an exceptional and...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Soviet Stories from Vilnus

On the 7th of September, I have an awesome tour with Vilija! She is so knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. I learnt a lot from her and I really recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in Vilnius architecture and Soviet history. Regards, Yi ChuanMore

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pathfinder818266
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Dear Yi Chuan, Thank you for your kind feedback. Vilija passes her best wishes to you - it was pleasure to host a curious guest like you. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about us and yourself. We wish you best...More

Reviewed 20 September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judith A
LT_VOYAGER, Guest Relations Manager at Vilnius Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Judith, Thank you for your kind feedback and high evaluation. We are so happy to read you have liked our adventure – we have enjoyed your company too. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about us and yourself. We wish...More

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