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Lonely Planet Experiences: Soviet Stories of Vilnius

Tour Highlights

  • Find out what life was like for Vilnius locals during the Soviet occupation.
  • Learn the meaning of the Soviet-era saying, “It is better to have 100 friends than 100 rubles.”
  • Find out why it’s said there was no sex during Soviet times.
  • Enjoy a Soviet-style lunch in a typical Soviet-time cafe.
  • See important Soviet-era sites like the wedding palace, the former KGB headquarters, and the legendary TV tower.
  • Listen to funny and absurd stories of the weird reality that was the era of the Cold War.
  • Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with six months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides app which includes over 8,000 destination guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks.
Adults Ages 12+
Children Ages 6-11
Private Tour Per Person, Ages 12+

Life Behind the Iron Curtain

Get a look at life behind the Iron Curtain on this Vilnius time travelling tour that digs deep into the city’s Soviet past. Learn about ‘homo sovieticus’ and all the incredible and funny stories that shouldn’t be forgotten. Visit a local market, taste Soviet-era dishes, see the Soviet blocks that still stand, find out what life was like for the “happiest people in the world,” and learn why the entire Soviet empire collapsed.

Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world’s leading travel publisher. Lonely Planet Experiences powered by Urban Adventures bring stories to life in the best-loved cities around the globe.

Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

As part of the tour, you have lunch in a decades-old, family-run canteen, servicing and supporting lower-income members of the community.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, food tasting and snack, glass of beer.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks (beer, mead, wine, and kvass are available), entrance to the KGB museum (EUR 4 per person), public transport ticket (EUR 1 per person), tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Vilnius City Hall, next to the Tourism Information Office. Look for a guide wearing a black t-shirt with our BEST. DAY. EVER. logo, and a red ribbon showing Urban Adventures. View on Google Maps.
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  • Starting time: 2.00 PM
  • Ending point: Gedimino Avenue, Lukiškių Square, next to the KGB Museum