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Learn the Spiritual Secrets of Beekeeping in Lithuania - 6 Days

Learn about the spiritual secrets of beekeeping in Lithuania in this *sweet* 6 day/5 night tour.  This includes visiting 3 amazing European cities: 2 nights in Vilnius, 1 night in Kaunas, 1 night in Druskininkai.

Keeping In Touch With Nature

At TaoWander, we went out of our way to find this incredible tour because we feel that our health and wellbeing is owed to these extraordinary creatures!  This is our way of giving back to our mother earth and sharing the secrets of honey beekeeping for beginners.  Our planet is null and void without them. The joy that they can bring through their sweet honey and pollination of flowers is beyond compare.

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

It was believed that bees choose the hosts by themselves, therefore they become a corporate property of the old beekeeper and homestead, where the new cluster is  created.  Owners become friends. Thus began a beautiful friendship of man and bee, which gave the new noble word – “Bičiulis“ (friend).

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The apiary, known as NINE HONEY is in a remote place near Kukiai forest glade in (the ethnic region of) Aukštaitija, Lithuania. Everyone knows this region for its tree-covered hills, dotted lakes and open-hearted people. In this marvelous scenery, this is where you make Lithuanian original honey from the beautiful honeybees.

Learning the spiritual secrets of beekeeping in Lithuania on this very special tour, will give you a sense of awe and gratitude towards these beautiful little pollinators.  They are natures fairies, sprinkling their dust of love and reminding you of the importance of connecting to nature.

This is both a spiritual travel experience and sustainable tourism option with TaoWander.

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Day 1
Arrival to Vilnius International airport

Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Later acquaintance with the capital of Lithuania – Vilnius. Vilnius city tour includes the Old Town (UNESCO Heritage list): Cathedral and it’s square, Gediminas Castle, University campus, Pilies street with the 16-18th century historical and architectural monuments, Gothic corner of Vilnius with St Anne’s and Bernardines churches, former Town Hall square, the Gates of Dawn with miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 2
Trip to meet a representative of wild beekeeping (in the hollows) in Dzūkija National Park with en route stop in Trakai.

Meeting guide at the reception of the hotel. Trakai is the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and the 17-18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea. Lunch in Trakai. Proceeding to Dzukija National Park, located in Southern part of Lithuania, famous for wild forests, mushrooms and berries, authentic villages and friendliness of local people. Visit Musteikiai village, where you can find ancient beehives and to know more about wild beekeeping. Walk the wild beekeeping route where you can see life examples of “beehives” in the trees of hundred years. After all day exciting tour drive for overnight in Druskininkai – charming spa town. Accommodation and dinner.

Day 3
Morning departure to Rumšiškės

Unique open air country life museum, depicting the 18-19th century architecture, traditions, crafts and the way of life of different ethnographic regions of the country. Candle making workshop. Learn how to make candles in traditional Lithuanian way using natural vax. Lunch. Afterwards – drive to Kaunas – second largest city and the capital of Lithuania between the World Wars. Excursion. Accommodation and dinner at the restaurant in Old Town.

Day 4
Trip to the unique Horse Museum in beautiful Lithuanian resort Anyksciai. Later visit to the NINE HONEY apiary in Aukstaitija region.

Meeting the guide at the reception. “A person’s life is like a bee’s way. In the childhood we are looked after by our parents and loved by them, later we live separated from our parents and take the responsibility of ours. We start our career, work long hours as a honeybee does and make our homes as bees living in the hives. Old apiarists respect and treat bees like a human being. The first bee-hive in our family was made a decade ago. This occupation becomes like a hobby to our family. At the beginning, only our family used honey as a sweet, delicious, natural product and a remedy too. Later a lot of people became interested in our honey and today we have many clients. Our apiary NINE HONEY is in a remote place near Kukiai forest glade in (the ethnic region of) Aukštaitija, Lithuania. This region is well known for its tree-covered hills, dotted lakes and open hearted people. In this marvelous scenery Lithuanian original honey is made.” – says the owner of the apiary NINE HONEY. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 5
Visit the museum of ancient beekeeping

Founded by Bronius Kazlas in 1974 the beekeeping museum is one of the oddest things you’ll ever come across. Attracting around 10,000 visitors annually the museum, situated in a rustic cottage, depicts the art of bee-keeping throughout the ages, as well as exploring its spiritual links. The role bees have played in ancient mythology are well presented with displays detailing their part in ancient Egyptian, Native American and pagan Lithuanian culture. Wood carvings of native bee gods Babilas (a fat, hairy spirit) and the altogether more dainty Austėja (a bee goddess) make for great photographs. Indeed, the reason you’ll find many bee hives standing atop of trees was in theory to keep them as close as possible to these gods. Items of interest include an oak tree once worshipped by pagans, hilarious carvings, elaborate hives and a couple of ingeniously menacing antibear traps (think rusty spikes on springs). The woodland surrounding the museum is currently home to seven swarms of bees, and a short trail makes for a scenic and interesting walk. Guests are welcome to sample their honey at the end of their visit. Later visit some most beautiful places of Aukstaitija National park – Ginuciai, Ledakalnis, Palūšė.

Farewell dinner in Vilnius. Overnight.

Day 6
Free time for independent activities

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in centrally located 3 star hotels
  • 1 night accommodation in a farmstead or hotel
  • 2 nights in Vilnius, 1 night in Kaunas, 1 night in Druskininkai
  • Meetings with beekeepers, learning about beekeeping, traditions, tools
  • Honey with honeycombs straight from the beehives
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Traditional Candle making workshop
  • Full board: 5 buffet breakfasts & 4 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Entrance tickets to the places of interest
  • Arrival and departure transfers; Car / coach and guides services

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity
Price From USD$1,245/person
1,245
Total $ 1,245 USD

Trip Facts

  • Yearly: July thru September
  • The Secrets of Honey Beekeeping For Beginners
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