Travel Tips. Useful Information for Planning Your Pilgrimage.

ACCOMMODATIONS

In the City of Vilnius and its vicinity there are monasteries and guest houses providing accommodations for individual pilgrims and groups. Many of them can accommodate special events, such as themed weekends, retreats, trainings and conferences. Two accommodations are operated by the Archdiocese of Vilnius. Hotel Domus Maria is located in the former monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in the heart of Vilnius Old Town right next to the Gate of Dawn Chapel. Trinapolis Retreat and Guest House operates in a former Trinitarian monastery, surrounded by Verkiai Regional Park and Vilnius Calvary Way of the Cross.

Trinapolis Retreat and Guest House
(LT, EN)
It can accommodate groups up to 60 people.
Verkiu Street 70, Vilnius
www.trinapolis.eu
info@trinapolis.eu
+370 686 98 575

Hotel Domus Maria
(LT, EN, RU)
It can accommodate individual travelers as well as groups.
Ausros vartu Street 12, Vilnius
www.domusmaria.com
info@domumaria.com
+370 5 264 4880

The House of Mary (Lith.: Marijos namai) guesthouse near the Brothers’ of St. John monastery
(LT, EN, FR, PL, RU)
It can accommodate individuals and groups up to 20 people.
Antakalnio Street 27, Vilnius
www.marijosnamai.lt
marijosnamai@joanitai.org
+370 648 92 920

Annunciation of the Lord Monastery (Apostolic Sisters of St. John)
(LT, EN, FR, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 26 guests, with mattresses available for an additional 14 people.
Pilies Street 1, Senieji Trakai, Region of Trakai
www.senujutrakuvienuolynas.org
sen.trakai.registracija@gmail.com
+370 677 82 734

Handmaids of Mary Guesthouse in Vilnius
(The Handmaids of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary Congregation)
(LT, FR, PL, RU)
It can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.
Svarioji Street 3b, Vilnius (Pavilnys)
ausrakuod@gmail.com
+370 645 05 023

Sisters of Divine Mercy Convent (Divine Mercy Sisters)
(LT, EN, IT, PL, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 10 people.
Rasu Street 6, Vilnius
zsjmwilno@wp.pl
+370 5 212 1090

Naujoji Vilnia Pilgrim Guesthouse
(LT, PL)
It can accommodate groups up to 45 people.
Pergales Street 34, Vilnius (Naujoji Vilnia)
wgorlicki@onet.eu
+370 652 60 163

Sumskas Pilgrim Guesthouse
(LT, PL, RU)
It can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.
Vilniaus Street 8, Sumskas, Vilnius Region
sumskoparapija@gmail.com
+370 655 64 202

Monasctic Family of Bethlehem of the Assumption of the Virgin and of Saint Bruno (Lith.: Ausrines Marijos vienuolynas)
(LT, EN, FR, RU)
Suitable for individuals.
Paparčiai, Region of Kaišiadorys
+370 687 17 970 (contact via sms message)

Morning Star Guesthouse (Lith.: Ausros zvaigzde) near the Brothers of St. Benedict Monastery
(LT, EN, FR, RU)
Palendriai, Region of Kelmė
palsve@palendriai.lt
+370 678 79 133 (individual men only who wish to stay at the guest house within monastic enclosure)
+370 684 97 729 (external guest house „Ausros Zvaigzde“, open to women, families and groups of up to 20 people)

Pilgrim Guesthouse of Saint John Paul II
(LT, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 70 people.
M. Jurgaičio Street 5, Šiluva, Region of Raseiniai
jono.pauliaus.namai@kn.lcn.lt
+370 687 87124

Pilgrim Guesthouse Domus Beati
(LT, EN, PL, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 50 people.
J. Bendoriaus Street 5, Marijampolė
www.piligrimunamai.lt
info@piligrimunamai.lt
+370 678 84 766

St. Joseph Guesthouse of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(LT, EN)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 20 people.
P. Kriaučiūno Street 11, Marijampolė
namaijuozapo@gmail.com
+370 616 02 963

Franciscan House for Pilgrims Domus Pacis
(LT, EN, RU)
It can accommodate individuals and groups of up to 35 people.
Papilio Street 9, Kaunas
www.domuspacis.lt
info@domuspacis.lt
+370 682 47 794
+370 630 59 882

Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis Guesthouse of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(LT, EN, PL, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 15 people.
Žeimenos Street 6, Kaunas
el.imago@gmail.com
+370 648 88 264

Guesthouse of Kaunas Archdiocese
(LT, EN, PL, RU)
It can accommodate individuals and groups up to 50 people.
Rotušės Square 21, Kaunas
sveciunamai@kn.lcn.lt
+370 616 39 517

Pažaislis Retreat Center and Guesthouse near the Sisters of St. Casimir
(LT, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 16 people.
T. Masiulio Street 31, Kaunas
rekolekcijos.pazaislyje@gmail.com

Tiberiade Community
(LT, EN, FR)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 10 people.
Baltriškės, Region of Zarasai
www.tiberiade.lt
baltriskes@tiberiade.lt
+370 385 43 694

Franciscan Guesthouse
(LT, EN, RU)
It can accommodate individuals and groups up to 58 people.
Savanorių Street 4, Klaipėda
Website
info@pranciskonunamai.lt
+370 607 99088

Youth Homestead of Father Hermann Shultz (Lith.: Jaunimo sodyba)
(LT, EN, RU)
Suitable for individuals and groups up to 86 people.
Kėkštų village, Žalgirio eldership, Region of Kretinga
www.jaunimosodyba.lt
+370 650 87 866

STAY WITH A LOCAL

If you’d prefer to get to know Vilnius on a more personal level, residents open their hearts and doors to pilgrims visiting the City. This option, not only provides a great opportunity for you to get to know the culture of Vilnius, but to share yours first-hand as well.

Reda

LT, EN, RU

Gali priimti iki 3 piligrimų viename kambaryje

Redos butas jau seniai atviras visiems draugams ir pažįstamiems, tai kodėl jame neapsistojus ir Vilniaus piligrimams. Tikėtina, kad apie jus Reda panorės parašyti, nes ji redaguoja katalikišką žurnalą jaunimui „Ateitis“ ir visad ieško įdomių pašnekovų.

piligrimai@vilnensis.lt

Liuda

LT, EN, RU

Gali priimti 2 arba 3 piligrimus

Liuda ne tik supažindina Vilniaus svečius su miestu, bet priima juos savo namuose. Istorijos apie Vilnių prieš miegą garantuotos.

Dalia ir draugės

LT, EN

Gali priimti 4 piligrimus viename kambaryje

Keliaujantys gerai supranta keliaujančius, todėl Dalia ir visa linksmų draugių komanda, kviečia kelionių džiaugsmą atnešti į jų namus.

Ses. Monika

LT, EN, RU

Senamiestis

Gali priimti iki 10 piligrimų keliuose kambariuose

Ses. Monika su didele meile palydi ir sutinka visus atvykstančius. Kartais atrodo, kad jos butas neturi ribų ir sienų.

Zuzana ir Ričardas Kancleriai

LT, EN, FR

Trakai

Gali priimti iki 15 žmonių

Daug metų keliavę su jaunimu į Taize susitikimus Prancūzijoje, Zuzana ir Ričardas piligrimų laukia savo namuose Trakų miestelyje – istorinėje Lietuvos sostinėje.

Algirdas

LT, EN

Gali priimti iki 3 piligrimų viename kambaryje

Algirdas gyvena šalia Žaliųjų ežerų, kur galima ramiai pasivaikščioti, paplaukioti valtele ar pasimaudyti, o namų šeimininkas parodys trumpiausią kelią iki senamiesčio. Algirdas cituoja evangelistą Matą (Mt 7, 12): ``Tad visa, ko norite, kad jums darytų žmonės, ir jūs patys jiems darykite.``

PILGRIM ROUTE GUIDES

Whether you’re in a group or on your own, professional guides are available to accompany you along the Way of Mercy and tell you about the story of Saint Faustina, Blessed Michael Sopocko, and the painting of the Divine Mercy image, as well as about the Divine Mercy devotion.

Liuda Matonienė

LT, EN, RU

On love in Vilnius:
Vilnius is a city built of and with love. Merciful, holy and passionate love have unfolded here through deeds of mercy, music and poetry. It has been shone up with tears of repentance and gratitude which became votive offerings beside miraculous images, rising up to the sky against a backdrop of church bell towers. Vilnius is where King Žygimantas Augustas’s love for Barbora Radvilaitė was born, where poet Adomas Mickevičius professed love for his beloved and his homeland in verse, where Kristina Frank sang to support her husband‘s desire to help the needy of Vilnius, where Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and his future wife Sofija Kymantaitė found a hill setting for their first date, where Marija and Jurgis Šlapeliai together set up a store for Lithuanian books, and where writer Roman Gary, who spent his childhood in Vilnius, tried to impress his first love by eating a shoe... Even the banks of the river in Vilnius declare love: “I love you” and “I `{`heart`}` you too“, written in flowers, are inscriptions by Vilnius artist Gitenis Umbrasas. The angels at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul also proclaim love as they dance for joy, kissing and embracing.

Jolanta Stupelytė

LT, FR, RU

On Vilnius as the City of Mercy:
I used to catch myself thinking about leaving the noisy city behind and moving to a quiet place in the countryside. But then the Shrine of Divine Mercy opened and in a single stroke everything inside me changed... The city got a heart, and Jesus himself entered into the “stable” of my soul.

Katažina ir Albert Narvoiš

LT, EN, PL, RU

The most authentic place in the city:
We find the Gate of Dawn to be the most authentic place in Vilnius. It recalls the city’s rich and impressive history. Local residents themselves came together to build the defensive wall and these gates in the early 16th century. And everyone who visits Vilnius today has to visit Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn. The miraculous image of the Mother of Mercy has protected the city from fire and from enemy armies. In all ages people have come here to implore the protection and assistance of the Mother of Mercy. It was here at the Dawn Gate chapel in Vilnius that in the early 20th century the original image of Divine Mercy was for the first time shown to the world. And from our city, devotion to the Divine Mercy has spread throughout the globe.

Janina Andriuškevičiūtė

LT, DE, EN, SE

Kornelija Jankauskaitė

LT, EN, RU

On special places in Vilnius:
When I lack strength, joy or peace, I go to the Shrine of Divine Mercy and spent some time beside Jesus. There I find new hope and peace, physical and spiritual recovery, to continue along life’s path.

Isabelle Gaullier

FR

Through the eyes of a French guide in Vilnius:
I’ve been living in Vilnius for many years now. It’s a big joy for me to show both locals and visitors how wonderful this city is.

Lina Akstinaitė

LT, FR, RU

On the beauty of Vilnius:
Vilnius is most beautiful toward evening, during sunset. The sun’s rays beautifully illuminate the gothic Church of St. Anne and the extraordinary façade of St. Casimir’s Church.

Jolanta ir Andrzej Kostygin

PL, RU

Ignotas Stanevičius

LT, EN

On Christian Vilnius:
I think, for a Christian, the best-known place in Vilnius is the Gate of Dawn, and especially its image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The street leading there, unsurprisingly, is also called Gate of Dawn Street. From it flow shrines for three different faith traditions which symbolize in a way the diversity of religions in Vilnius: the Ukrainian-rite Holy Trinity Church and Basilian Monastery, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and the Roman Catholic Church of St. Teresa with its Discalced Carmelite monastery and chapel of the Gate of Dawn. This confessional triangle of sorts, the dialogue between Eastern and Western Christians, shows Vilnius is open to all Christians.

Ana Uždavinytė

LT, PL, RU

Raimundas Šakalys

LT, RU

Great views of Vilnius:
I know several places with views that show just how beautiful the city of Vilnius is. They include the Hill of Three Crosses, the roof of the Bernardine Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the canon yard at the defensive wall Bastion on Išganytojo (Savior) Hill.

Vida Vielavičienė

LT, RU

vida@virnesta.lt

TOURIST INFORMATION

Vilnius tourist information centers are located in the Town Hall on Vilnius Street (9.00-18.00 hrs.) and at the Vilnius airport. There you will find a lot of useful information, will be able to rent an audio guide, acquire the Vilnius City Card and buy some unique souvenirs. Tourist information centers have free Wi-Fi connection.

For assistance in planning your trip, we recommend you visit Vilnius tourist information center website at www.vilnius-tourism.lt, and check the calendar of events taking place in Vilnius at www.vilnius-events.lt.

VILNIUS PILIGRIM APP

Created specifically for smartphones and tablets, this app will help you find the main pilgrimage routes and sites. The app provides maps, and all the information has audio narration. We recommend downloading Vilnius Pilgrim app in advance – this way the internet connection won’t be necessary for its use.

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PRIMARY VILNIUS ARCHDIOCESE CHURCH HOLIDAYS AND INDULGENCE FEASTS

St. Casimir – March 4th (Vilnius Cathedral);

Divine Mercy Week – a week after Easter Sunday (Divine Mercy Shrine);

Pentecost – seventh Sunday after Easter (Vilnius Calvary Discovery of the Holy Cross Church;

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn Indulgence Feast – a week-long celebration in November, which falls on November 16th (Gate of Dawn).

Information about events taking place in the Archdiocese of Vilnius and other events which might interest pilgrims can be found on this page.

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

January 1st – New Year;
February 16th – Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania (Lithuanian Independence Day);
March 11th – Restoration of Independence of Lithuania;
Easter;
May 1st – International Labor Day;
The first Sunday of May – Mother’s Day;
The first Sunday of June – Father’s Day;
June 24th – St. John’s Day or Midsummer Day (“Jonines”);
July 6th – Statehood Day (Coronation Day of Lithuania’s King Mindaugas);
August 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (“Zoline”);
November 1st – All Saints’ Day (“Visu Sventuju diena”);
December 24th – Christmas Eve;
December 25-26th – Christmas.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT

While we cannot predict from which country of the world you will arrive, we want to let you know that Vilnius airport can be directly accessed from 50 international cities. Two other airports in Lithuania, Kaunas and Palanga, are also available for your journey.

VILNIUS
KAUNAS
PALANGA

You can also travel to Lithuania by an international train or a bus. Vilnius train and bus stations are conveniently located right next to each other – all you need to do is cross the street.
TRAINS (from Poland, Belarus, Russia)
This system does not show the necessary connections, only the final destination.

BUSES
LUX EXPRESS
EUROLINES
ECOLINES

ARRIVAL BY AIR

The city center and other parts of Vilnius are easily accessible from the airport by various means of transportation.

You can call a taxi or Uber, or rent a city car from CityBee or Spark.

It is best to telephone a taxi rather than get one on the street, because the latter will be much more expensive. We recommend negotiating the fare with the driver before accepting the cab ride. If traveling from the airport to Old Town, the fare should be approximately 10 EUR. If you encounter communication problems reserving taxi in English, the Vilnius airport tourist information center staff will be glad to help. Here are a few taxi telephone numbers for English speakers: +370 5 248 0000 or +370 5 240 0004.

TRANSPORT IN VILNIUS AND LITHUANIA

Public transport – buses, trolley buses – are an especially convenient way to travel around Vilnius, a city of compact dimensions. As in most cities, peak travel hours are in the morning, when the residents travel to work, and in the evening, when they return home. At this time traveling by public transportation may take longer, but reaching any point in the city will still take an hour or less.

In the city center, Old Town and a few nearby neighborhoods you can have fun riding Cyclocity bicycles; if traveling greater distances, call Uber, taxi, or reserve a car through CityBee or Spark car rental.

For wheelchair rental contact Idemus and Teida.

Lithuania is not a large country, so you can travel to the most distant points by car, bus or train in 4 -5 hours.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

TIME ZONE

Lithuania is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Lithuania is GMT/UTC + 3h during Daylight Savings Time (also referred to as Summer Time) and Lithuania is GMT/UTC + 2h during Standard Time (Winter Time).

CLIMATE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CLOTHING

The average temperature in July is + 17 ° C (63 ° F), the coldest average temperature in January is -5 ° C (23 ° F). From late April to mid-September days are pleasantly warm, so travelers often choose this time to visit Vilnius.

If travelling to Vilnius during winter and early spring, you should be prepared for inclement weather and temperatures that may drop below freezing. During this period, we recommend that you bring gloves, hats and warmer footwear. In spring, summer and autumn, a raincoat and umbrella are recommended. Because of frequently changing weather conditions, as well as cooler temperatures in some of the older churches, several layers of clothing are recommended to keep you comfortable.

INTERNET

Lithuania’s internet connection is one of the fastest in the world. In Vilnius Old Town there are at least 55 free Wi-Fi wireless internet zones. Almost every cafe or restaurant provides its customers with free Wi-Fi connection. Some buses also have Wi-Fi connection. Free internet and computer use is available at the Technical Library, located in the courtyard of Sv. Ignatius Street 6, on weekdays (8.00-19.00 hrs.).

SAFETY

Vilnius is a safe city, but general security tips and common sense apply here as well. Avoid walking alone after dark, and be aware of your surroundings near bus and train stations; do not get involved in conflicts; do not leave your valuables unattended in public places, etc.

TRADITIONAL FOOD

In summer it is “saltibarsciai” (refreshing cold borsht with cucumbers) served with potatoes; and in all seasons – “cepelinai” (zeppelin-shaped dumplings, filled with meat or cottage cheese), potato pancakes, and as an appetizer – fried bread with cheese. Notable traditional sweets – “sakotis” (a delicious tree-shaped pastry) and “simtalapis” (“hundred leaf” pastry with honey) – although with origins in Germany and the Black Sea region, have long become an integral part of Lithuanian cuisine and a staple of most holiday celebrations. “Gira” is a Lithuanian traditional beverage made from bread. If you happen to see on the menu acorn coffee – we highly recommend you taste this traditional Lithuanian beverage as well.

WHERE TO HAVE BREAKFAST AND FIND VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

Most Lithuanians enjoy their breakfast at home. Breakfast culture in Vilnius cafes is still developing, so travelers are often faced with the dilemma of where to eat breakfast in the early morning. In addition to chain-type cafes, you might want to try “Fire Place” pizzeria, “Sugamore” and “Sviezia kava” cafes, “Cozy” bar, “Crustum” or “Thierry” bakeries, and for fresh donuts visit “Holy Donuts” coffee shop.

If you are looking for vegetarian dining options you won’t be disappointed. Vilnius has great vegetarian restaurants, such as “Vieta” on Sv. Ignoto Street, “Vegacafe” on Totoriu and Augustionu Streets, also “Raw 42” restaurant on Rudininku Street, and many others.

GRATUITIES (TIPS)

About 10 % of your bill is considered an appropriate amount for a tip.

WHERE TO BUY SOUVENIRS?

Vilnius Old Town is full of souvenir shops. You will find an array of jewelry and art objects made with Baltic amber, which is a point of national pride and is referred to as Lithuanian gold. In the Old Town you will discover many Lithuanian designer boutiques, chocolate artisan shops and art galleries, where you can buy unique Lithuanian products. Stikliu, Sv. Stepono and Sv. Mykolo Streets, an entire area of Uzupis, and many other Old Town areas, are good places to enjoy your shopping experience.

VOLTAGE

230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type C 2 pin and Type F 2 pin are used.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Lithuania is a member of EU. Visas are not required for EU citizens. List of countries whose citizens do not require short-stay visas to enter or travel on transit through the Republic of Lithuania:

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

EU passport holders travelling to Lithuania must have an up-to-date passport or ID card valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities.

CONSULAR INFORMATION

All information about entry into the country, visas, etc., can be found on the website of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign affairs.