Gate of Dawn Tours

Vilnius’s medieval defensive walls originally had nine entry gates, all built in the early 16th century; as was custom then, each was decorated with a portrait of the Virgin Mary to ensure the protection of the city. Today only remnants of these walls still stand after the Russian attacks of 1799, and the whitewashed Gate of Dawn, completed in 1522 with an ornate pediment, is the last remaining of the original fortified city entrances. 

Around 1630, Carmelite monks from a nearby monastery replaced the original image on the Gate of Dawn with a new icon named the ‘Vilnius Madonna’, painted on oak boards and widely believed in both Catholic and Orthodox faiths to have mystical healing powers. The Renaissance-style, pastel-blue-and-white Chapel of Our Lady of the Dawn was grafted on to the southern side of Gate of Dawn around 1706 to house the painting, which became one of Lithuania’s most revered icons. 

Today it is encrusted in gold and silver and its pretty little chapel is adorned with silver votives donated by pilgrims. Masses are held in both Polish and Lithuanian and on holy days the streets around the chapel are brought to a standstill as worshippers flock to pray in front of the icon.

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The Gate of Dawn is open daily from 6 a.m until 7 p.m.
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Address: Aušros Vartų gatvė 14, Vilnius 01303, Lithuania
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Hours: Daily 6am-7pm
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Full-Day Vilnius City Tour and Trakai Castle from Vilnius

Discover the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and the medieval Trakai Castle—both UNESCO World Heritage sites—on this full-day tour. See the Gate of Dawn, St Anne’s Church, and Cathedral Square on a guided tour of Vilnius; visit the Paneriai memorial Museum; and explore the fairy-tale castle of Trakai, on the shores of Lake Galvė.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$57.73 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Vilnius Walking Tour Old Town and Uzupis in English or Norwegian

During this excursion visit Vilnius' Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe, recognised UNESCO site and Uzupis, the artist district - one of the most interesting places in town. Tour duration - 3 h or according to your wishes.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$92.36 USD
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Private City Tour of Vilnius

Get a fuller experience of Vilnius' heritage and culture than possible on a group tour on this private walking tour. In the company of just your party, embark on the tour at a time of your choosing and see the sites that interest you the most, such as Cathedral Square, Gediminas Avenue, and the Jewish Quarter.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$79.66 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Vilnius Old Town Walking Tour

Discover baroque architecture and medieval heritage in Lithuania on this private 2.5-hour Vilnius Old Town walking tour. Follow a private guide through Vilnius’ historic Old Town, and gain insight into the city’s rich history and heritage. Admire bold architecture and pretty streets, and mingle with the locals going about their day. Along the way, discover top city attractions and famous landmarks including the Church of St Francis and St Bernard, Gediminas' Tower, the Presidential Palace and Vilnius Cathedral, and admire fine city views from Castle Hill and Subacius Hill.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$12.12 USD
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Bike Tour of Old and Modern Vilnius

Explore both the ancient and modern corners of Vilnius on this half-day bike tour. Pedaling a provided bike lets you travel like a local and cover muc more ground than you could on a walking tour. Simply pedal along and soak in the scenery on this tour while your guide provides the navigation and commentary on UNESCO-listed Vilnius' history, architecture, culture, and modern life. Highlights include Cathedral Square, the Gate of Dawn, the Uzupis, and other must-see stops.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$20.78 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius

Cover tons of ground in a short amount of time on this Segway tour of Vilnius. Meet up with your guide and group to learn how to operate your 2-wheeled, electric, self-balancing scooter; you'll get the hang of it in no time and head out through the city. Zoom over the cobblestone streets of Old Town and around other city highlights, choosing from three routes. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary to learn about Vilnius' history and culture.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$51.95 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Magical Christmas Tour and Amber proceeding class in Vilnius Old Town

This Magical Christmas Tour is a wonderful way to make the most of your time in Vilnius and see its festive markets and attractions. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, as a guide will navigate and take you past many of Vilnius Old Town's top landmarks including Cathedral Square, Bernadine Church, Literatu Street, and Lutheran Church. A highlight is visiting the Amber Gallery and having the chance to make an amber amulet.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$17.32 USD
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