On this trip, you’ll see what Lithuania looks like through the lens of a local. It begins in a traditional village, half an hour’s drive from Klaipeda. You’ll visit the cultural centre, where local art hangs on the walls and the display cabinets serve up a potted history of the area. The story of the soviet era isn’t exactly bedtime reading. During this period in Lithuania’s history, thousands of resistance fighters were deported to Siberia. You’ll find out more about this uneasy time when you arrive in the neighbouring village of Lapiai. The houses here once housed the workers of Lithuania’s collective farms. While you’re here, you’ll discover how times have changed since the country earned independence in 1990. And you’ll find out how the next generation are turning to tourism for their bread and butter. Next comes the horse’s mouth part of the tour. This is when you’ll meet the first British Defence Attaché to arrive in the independent Lithuania. You’ll hear him talk about the time he spent as a bomber pilot in the RAF and the role he played in the Cold War. There’ll be time before you move on to try a few local foods. Fork through a slice of honey cake, nibble local cheese, and wash it all down with a glass of wine. The last stop of the day will be Klaipeda Old Town.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.