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Presidential Palace Tours

Presidential Palace
The official residence of the President of Lithuania is found in Daukanto Square and began life in the 14th century as a luxury home built for the city’s first Catholic bishop, Andrzej Jastrzebiec. The building remained the residence of Vilnius’s wealthy clergy until the Russian invasion in 1795, when it became the resplendent home of the city’s Tsarist governors.

By this time the splendid neo-classical façade had been added and the palace was extended to form one side of today’s grand piazza, surrounded by other aristocratic mansions. Although Napoleon briefly sent the Russians packing in 1812, Lithuanian independence from Russia only finally came in 1990. The palace was renovated in 1997 before becoming the official home of the Lithuanian President. 

Among the notorious figures that have overnighted in the palace over the centuries are Tsar Alexander I, French King Louis XVIII, Napoleon Bonaparte and the Polish national hero Józef Pilsudski. The national flag is hoisted over the palace whenever the president is in the city, and a flag-changing ceremony takes place on Sundays at noon. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place daily at 6 p.m.

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A flag-changing ceremony takes place on Sundays at noon, and the Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place daily at 6 p.m. The tranquil gardens behind the palace are free to explore.
Address: Universiteto gatvė, Vilnius 01122, Lithuania
Hours: Changing of the Guard at 6pm daily; flag-changing ceremony at 12pm Sundays
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2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius

2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.72
From
US$55.72

Small-Group Vilnius Half Day City Tour

Small-Group Vilnius Half Day City Tour

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Discover baroque architecture and medieval history in Lithuania’s capital on this 3-hour small-group Vilnius city tour. Follow a guide along Vilnius’ pretty streets and discover top attractions including the Bernardine Church and Monastery, the Church of St Anne, Cathedral Square, the Presidential Palace and Vilnius University. Stroll along Gediminas Avenue, soak up the atmosphere in the UNESCO–listed Old Town and enjoy panoramic views over the rooftops from Subačius Hill. Along the way, gain insight into Vilnius’ culture and heritage, and learn what makes the city tick.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$90.53
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US$90.53
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Private City Tour of Vilnius

Private City Tour of Vilnius

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.95
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Full-Day Vilnius City Tour and Trakai Castle from Vilnius

Full-Day Vilnius City Tour and Trakai Castle from Vilnius

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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.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$172.62
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Discover Vilnius on Private Tour and Enjoy Superb Views of Gediminas Castle Hill

Discover Vilnius on Private Tour and Enjoy Superb Views of Gediminas Castle Hill

Make the most of your visit to Vilnius. Discover the medieval heart of Vilnius on a comprehensive old town walking tour taking you to the superb views of the Gediminas Castle Hill. Highly professional private tour guides and fast-track admission to museums will make your trip to Vilnius a truly memorable one! • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$216.00
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US$216.00
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The Majestic and Royal Vilnius Walking Tour

The Majestic and Royal Vilnius Walking Tour

Vilnius was born from the dream of Great duke Gediminas. It became the capital city and the main residence of all rulers of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The manor of the Great Duke was located here. Vilnius was the place where life was in full swing, the place where music played and swords clashed, even messengers from all foreign countries stayed in here. During this tour you will be told about how Gediminas cleverly took care of the well- being of the capital, what innovations were brought by the queen Bona. Why Vladislav Vasa’s heart remained in Vilnius forever, what was the contribution of Steponas Batoras in Vilnius education, and why “Kaziukas Fair” rocks the city every year.
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  • 2 hours
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US$156.45
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Vilnius: The Women of Vilnius 2-Hour Tour

Vilnius: The Women of Vilnius 2-Hour Tour

Follow the footsteps of the famous women who lived in Vilnius and learn how they influenced and shaped the city over the centuries. On this 2-hour tour of Vilnius, the focus will be on women, who outnumber the men in the city today by close to 20 percent, and have always been prominent figures. As you are led through the city's streets and to sites of particular significance, you will pass by statues and monuments dedicated to women and you discover how their dreams, wills, and fears were transformed into works of art, ranging from poems and books to sculptures and plays. Tour the Royal Palace of Lithuania, part of the Lower Castle and see the house where realist female author Žemaitė lived. Pass through the Presidential Palace and Vilnius University House, learn about the residents of Bžostovskiai House, hear the stories in Dominikonai and Stikliai streets, and admire the monastery of Bazilijonai and the Gate of Dawn.
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  • 2 hours
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US$156.45
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US$156.45
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Vilnius on a Shoestring Weekend Break

Vilnius on a Shoestring Weekend Break

Enjoy Vilnius as a local. A weekend break friendly for your pocket. Taste, feel and emerge yourself in a local vibes while staying in Užupis – the artsy district of Vilnius.       HIGHLIGHTS • Stay in the best Hostel according to Tripadvisor. • Walk around the Oldtown and Uzupis. • See the alternative artistic Vilnius. • Taste local beer.
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  • 3 days
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US$122.57
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US$122.57
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Private Royal Vilnius Photoshoot Tour

Private Royal Vilnius Photoshoot Tour

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Feel like exploring Vilnius in a more creative way? This special tour will show you around the beautiful Old Town of the Lithuanian capital by having a spontaneous photoshoot at its most fascinating spots. As a result, you will get a gallery of beautifully edited pictures in colour, sepia and black and white to keep as a unique memory of your trip. A different and fun way to get the best out of your Vilnius experience!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77.25
Price varies by group size
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US$77.25
Price varies by group size
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Presidential Palace hours of operation?
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Presidential Palace hours of operation: Changing of the Guard at 6pm daily; flag-changing ceremony at 12pm Sundays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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