"Sightseeing tour around Old Town"
Kėdainiai Old Town is a State protected urban monument, one of the seven remaining Old Towns in Lithuania. The town was planned rationally since the end of the 16th century by noblemen Kiškos and Radvilas. Here you will find the old road network and a variety of architectural forms: buildings with Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism features. During the tour, you will learn about the most valuable and interesting object of Old Town. Duration 1–1.5 hours.
"Ich - keidaner. Jewish cultural heritage in Kėdainiai“
Jews settled in Kėdainiai in the first half of the 17th century. They were proud of the fact that they were protected by the owners of the town, and were not subject to the jurisdiction of the town. In the 18th century, the Jewish Kahal was one of the greatest and most influential in Žemaitija. The future Gaon of Vilnius Elijahu studied Talmud in Kėdainiai. During the interwar period, Jews were the owners of 150 small companies and stores, they managed a bank, had schools, homes for the elder and orphanages, as well as volunteer firefighter and football teams. At the end of the 19th century, Jews comprised more than 60 percent of the entre population. Three former Jewish synagogues, tent festival Sukot house, and buildings that belonged to other Jews remain here. We remember, cherish, promote and talk about the Jewish community legacy. Duration 2 hours. After the tour, we propose Jewish dish degustation in the restaurant "Smilga".
"The Town of Dukes Radvilas"
Kėdainiai belonged to the famous family of Lithuanian Dukes Radvilas for around 290 years. During the rule of Radvilas, Kėdainiai was a cultural and religious centre (there were several churches, a gymnasium and a printing house). The Evangelical Reformed Church is the necropolis of Dukes Radvilas. Members of the Radvila family are buried in its crypt, in the ornate Renaissance and Baroque sarcophagi. During the tour, you will learn about the historical signs of the noble family, which are scattered across the cosy Kėdainiai Old Town. In the restaurant "Grėjaus namas", we recommend ordering "Radvilas stew" made according to a recipe from the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (recommended by a historian, dr. Rimvydas Laužikas, author of the book "Historical Lithuanian cuisine. Food and drinks in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania"). Duration 1.5 hours
"Kėdainiai – the little Scotland"
We do not have castles, mountains and fjords typical for Scotland, however, since the 17th century until the second half of the 18th century, one of the largest Scottish communities in the Baltic region established itself in Kėdainiai. During the tour, you will learn how the Scots found their Promised Land in Kėdainiai and what Scottish buildings and symbols still remain in the Old Town. We recommend ordering a Scottish dish – haggis in the restaurant "Grėjaus namas"! Duration 1–1.5 hours.
"Visiting merchant Keidangen"
Where is the footprint left by the merchant Keidangen? Where did the town's executioner live? How was the boy found in a wolf's den called by priest Lizdeika? What battle is portrayed by the largest chess board in Lithuania? What do the Protestants protest against? A tour for the smaller visitors of our Old Town! Duration 1 hour.