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KERNAVĖ ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AND HILLFORTS IN VILNIUS REGION

Date: Tuesday 30 August; Sunday 04 September 2016
Duration: 8 h
Transport: Coach, walking
Departure: 9:30 AM, Daukantas (Presidential) square in front of Vilnius University
Cost per person: 60 Eur
Minimal number of people: This tour operates with a minimum of 12

Important information: please note that the tour involves a reasonable amount of walking around the hillforts and climbing a lot of stairs and forests paths. Most of the route is relatively flat or on a slight incline.

In the vicinity of Vilnius between the three historic old capitals of Lithuania the Neris Regional Park is located which is famous for the river Neris with its picturesque vicinities, tiny villages and historical layers of old Lithuania. The tour starts at the barrow field of Karmazinai. After Karmazinai we will visit Bradeliškiai Hillfort, which is protected by the river from three sides, and its “little brother” – Buivydai Hillfort, which had been populated from the end of the first millennium to the 14th century.

The tour will continue in the medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – Kernavė. Kernavė is an area of unique archaeological and historical value. In 2004 the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus recognizing the importance of the area. The archaeological site of Kernavė presents an exceptional testimony to the evolution of human settlements in the Baltic region in Europe over the period of some 10 millennia. It comprises of a complex ensemble of archaeological elements, including the town of Kernavė, a unique complex of impressive hillforts, unfortified settlements, burial sites and other archaeological, historical and cultural monuments.

During the tour we will also visit Archaeological and Historical Museum, which is housing over 20,000 artefacts, try climbing 5 hillforts in Pajauta Valley, enjoy superb view and find out how amazing Lithuanian nature is.

After lunch in Lithuanian style farmstead, the tour will continue to the small Karmazinai Hillfort that was used as a hiding-place to escape from attacking enemies. From archaeologists’ point of view, from the 6th century the Karmazinai Hillfort lost its defensive function and became a sacred place.

Itinerary:

  • Karmazinai Barrow Field
  • Bradeliškiai, Buivydai Hillforts
  • Kernavė Archaeological Site
  • Lunch
  • Karmazinai Hillfort