Looking to get away this spring without having to dig deep into your summer holiday fund? The Post Office reveals that Vilnius, Lithuania’s trendy capital, is the place to go. With flights from London priced at £59 (taxes and fees incl), how can you say no?
The Post Office has released their annual City Cost Barometer, revealing that Vilnius is a great deal for British travellers. The Lithuanian capital was only beaten on the price scale by Budapest. Vilnius beats out Warsaw, Lisbon, Prague and even nearby Riga as being a budget destination, perfect for a spring break.
Planning a trip to Lithuania with a limited budget starts with the flights. Fly from London Luton onboard Wizz Air to Vilnius International Airport just outside the city centre for £59 per passenger (all fees and taxes included) for travel April 23th to 29th, 2013.
Culture is king
Just a few years ago Vilnius was the European Culture Capital in 2009 and today the city’s popular is largely international with only half of the city being Lithuanian. The rest is made up of Poles, Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and others. A tour through the Old Town is a must. It was once the Jewish Ghetto and today is protected as an UNESCO WHS.
Vilnius’ churches merit some time to discover. The Cathedral‘s crypt shows a cross-section of Vilnius that is worth checking out. Don’t forget to make a wish on the tile outside which reads Stebuklas, meaning “miracle” in Lithuanian. If you stand on it, make a wish and turn around three times it just might come true! St. Ann’s Church in the Uzupis District and St. Peter’s and Paul’s Church are also must-sees.
Did you know Vilnius is home to the first statue of Frank Zappa? Find it at Kalinausko str. 1 just west of the Old Town.
With warm spring weather on its way, Vilnius is an unexpected yet oh-so-budget-friendly choice for this season. Who’s in?