Get an overview of Soviet rule in Vilnius during this 2 to 2.5-hour walking tour of the Lithuanian capital. See highlights such as Lukiškių Square, the Gediminas Monument, and the former KGB headquarters while listening to your guide's commentary on what life was like there under Soviet rule. You'll also see famous Soviet-era buildings, including the former Palace of Concerts and Sport, Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the House of Scientists.
2.5-hour Soviet-era Vilnius walking tour
Explore the streets and parks of Vilnius with a guide
Learn all about the city’s Soviet-era history
See top attractions such as the former KGB headquarters and the Palace of Concerts and Sport
Gain insight into the city’s history and traditions
Meet your guide in front of the Gediminas Monument in Cathedral Square, located in the Old Town. Your tour will focus on the history of Vilnius, an area that developed during the Soviet period. Pass the Green Bridge, the Planetarium, Lukiskiu Square, and the former KGB headquarters. As you go, hear tales about KGB spies, and learn about the role that basketball played in Lithuania's independence and how Lithuania and Vilnius were incorporated into the USSR. You'll also stop to see the most iconic Soviet-era buildings, such as the former Palace of Concerts and Sport, Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the House of Scientists. Your tour will conclude in Kudirkos Square, a 5-minute walk from your original departure point.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Lukas was an outstanding guide who knew...
, Sep 2018
Lukas was an outstanding guide who knew the history of Soviet Vilnius very well. His tour was well paced and expertly organized. If you want to know about this part of the history of Vilnius, and you should, I highly recommend this intelligent young man.
Thank you! It is really great to hear that you enjoyed Soviet Vilnius tour. We are pleased you were content with organization of the tour as well!
Martyna from Vilnius with Locals tours
Our guide, Ieva, was an expert in her field, very knowledgeable, and with a great command of English. She added personal experiences of her family as well as pictures of the troubled times prior to 1991. Highly recommended if your are interested in learning about life under Soviet rule and Lithuania's struggle for independence.
Our guide covered alot of ground. We saw many monuments and buildings. The guide had grown up in the Soviet area so recounted some of his experiences. It was also a good way to see some parts of the city you might otherwise miss. I highly recommend the tour.
Thank you for your good review about Soviet Vilnius tour.
We think adding some personal experiences to the tour helps people to understand the period better:) And, yes, you can definitely find some places off the beaten path on this tour as you head out of the Old Town!
Thanks again, and happy future travels!
Martyna from Vilnius with Locals tours
Our guide Milda is very energetic, fun and wit. She displayed a deep knowledge about different history,architecture and politics of the era. She provided accurate yet entertaining descriptions of a bygone era, making us see Vilnius through her eyes. I highly recommend this tour.
had an amazing time in vilnius and a great tour of the city our guide Martine did a suburb job. she was very knowledgeable and a great outlook on life and demonstrated a great attitude through out the tour. Lithuanians she really did you proud.
definitely would recommend a visit to Vilnius and book this tour. may 2017
It was an amazing tour... The guide was at a high knowledge level and was able to give to every question a clear answer. Further the guide provided us with pictures about the sights of former times on an Ipad which was also very good to get an imagination about how it was in former times. The walk by feet was not to far and absolutly able to walk. I got more impressions on that tour than I have suggested. Definitvly I recommend you this tour!!!
Thank you for such a nice & positive review:) We are very content you had a great time with one of our guides on Soviet Vilnius tour. We cover quite a lot during this tour as we get out of the Old Town. So we are pleased to know you found the distance not too far:)
Best wishes from Vilnius, Martyna
The tour was really great!
The guide explained lots of the older buildings in Vilnius and put them in historical context.
He also answered loads of my questions and recommended really interesting books about Lithuania as well as restaurants and places to go.
Amazing value for money!
Thank you for a nice review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed Soviet Vilnius tour with one of our guides! Our guides are happy to give you tips and ideas where to go to eat, what else to see or other things to do in Vilnius. So we are happy to know you liked recommendations you got! Happy future travels.
Vilnius with Locals team