We will commence our tour of Vilnius from its cradle – Gediminas Castle Hill and the remnants of the upper castle. Will continue to the Cathedral square.
Then we will whisk out through the narrow street to another square to observe the Presidential Palace and the Old Vilnius University, founded in 1579.
We’ll walk along medieval Castle street in the heart of the Old City. One of the most breathtaking sights is the “gothic triangle,” which includes St. Anne’s church. The old town of Vilnius is abundant with Jewish heritage points of interest. We were walking in the medieval Jewish Quarter of Vilnius – Lithuanian Jerusalem.
We will pass by the Music school where Jasha Heifetz did his first steps in his music career, the famous ORT school, the well known Tarbut Gimnazia, and nowadays Jewish Community Center.
We will also see a former Yiddish theatre, rabbis’ council, and the place of Theodor Herzl’s visit to Vilnius, the balcony where he gave his speech.
A special place to see is a Benedictine convent and the story of saving 12 Jewish souls by Lithuanian Righteous Among the Nations during world war 2. We will walk Vilnius Ghetto streets and will see Vilna Gaon’s house. Finally, we will speak at the spot of the Great Synagogue (don’t mix it with a modern-day choral synagogue).