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Cheap flights from Lithuania

Going off the beaten track in Europe and landing in Lithuania lets tourists experience a side of the continent that is rarely ventured to. Not as well-known as other countries across the Baltic Sea, Lithuania features a number of destinations that echo a mysterious heritage, a Soviet past, and other unique aspects not as easily found in other parts of the region.

A powerful country long before it was occupied by Russian forces, Lithuania used to form one of the most solid governments in the Baltic region and the surrounding area. During the 14th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe with territories that used to expand present-day Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia. There was also a time when Lithuania and Poland formed a voluntary two-state union, namely the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It lasted more than two centuries before the Russian Empire started making its clout felt. Such a rich heritage therefore intrigues many about this relatively small yet historically rich country in this part of Europe.

Where to go

Vilnius, well known for its baroque buildings, is a wonderful city to explore. UNESCO added it to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1994, as it had a 'profound influence on the cultural and architectural development of much of eastern Europe'. It has preserved a splendid range of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and classical buildings, and maintained its medieval layout in a natural setting. One of the places to see here is the Cathedral Square, which lies at the base of Gediminas Hill. It has a 57-metre tall belfry and buzzes with local life. From here, one can then venture to the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. It once marked the seat of the dukes that has been painstakingly rebuilt after being left in ruins when the Russian occupation ended at the end of the 18th century.

Those going out to see other parts of Lithuania should check out the Curonian Spit National Park, which was established in 1991 to protect the rare ecosystems in the area. The park is refreshingly wild and undeveloped, where pine forests are filled with deer, elk, and wild boar. Sand dunes can also be found here, as well as four villages. After going around the area, tourists can then look forward to Nida, the largest settlement on the Lithuanian half of the Curonian Spit. Those going here will see remnants of an old fishing village, as well as a great natural beauty from hazy pine forests to white-sand beaches.

When checking out Eastern Europe, one can venture to Belarus, a fellow former Soviet country. Those going here will find stunning architecture in the form of Radziwill Palace Fortress with more than 30 refurbished state rooms, an impressive inner courtyard, and lovely gardens. The Belarusian State Art Museum can also be found here, which features local art from the 1940s to the 1970s. One striking example is the socialist realist painting of Valentin Volkov that depicts the arrival of the Red Army in the ruined city of Minsk.

From here, one can venture to the charming small town of Mir, which lies 85 kilometres southwest of Minsk. It is dominated by a romantic 16th century castle overlooking a small lake at one end of the town. From here, one can visit Dudutki and taste their delicious farm-made sausages, cheese, and bread. The farm here also offers horseback riding, sleigh rides, demonstrations of ceramic making, and other activities.

China, one of the world's oldest civilisations, is a fascinating country to visit. One can take the traditional route and go to Beijing or venture to other parts of this vast country. One of the places to choose is Guangdong, well known for its unique culture and natural beauty. The northern part of the province is home to some wild landscapes where the blue pine forests of Nanling and the waterfalls and trees combine to make such a relaxing sight. Those looking for wondrous cultural heritage can turn to Kaiping, a UNESCO-recognised city with its flamboyant watchtowers and Cantonese opera.

When visiting here, one can venture to the Yuyun Mountain Villa, a graceful property built in 1871 by an official of the Qing court. It features Lingnan architecture with its pavilions, terraces, halls, and bridges. The result is a photogenic sight, which one can gaze at for some time. Zili, another part of the province, is also the place where one can view the Diaolou historic watchtowers. The most stunning of them all is Mingshi Lou that has a veranda with Ionic columns and a six-sided pavilion on its roof.

How to get out

Tourists excited to see other parts of the world from Lithuania can schedule flights from Vilnius Airport. Airlines serving here include Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Lituanica, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Belavia, Estonian Air, Finnair, Grand Cru Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, Small Planet Airlines, SmartLynx Airlines, Sun d'Or International Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, UTair Aviation, Wizz Air, and WOW air.

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