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Tour Highlights

  • Take part in an adventurous yoga swimming escape in Lithuania with the perfect combination of iyengar yoga practice and freshwater swimming

  • Swim through the stunning forest fringed waters of the Aukštaitija National Park

  • Energising with morning yoga practice and restorative evening sessions

  • Find calm in an optional silent meditation walk

Get away from the everyday hustle and bustle and join us on a short escape to Lithuania, where we’ll enjoy yoga and freshwater swimming in the country’s beautiful Aukštaitija National Park. With accommodation in the remote and relaxed Tiki Inn and a combination of Iyengar Yoga, swims and walks amongst some of the area’s most spectacular scenery, this is a perfect way to reconnect to nature with this perfect combination of yoga with swimming.

One hundred and twenty six lakes and 200-year-old pine forests make up the Aukštaitija National Park (the oldest of Lithuania’s five national parks) where we will retreat for four days. Here we enjoy wild swimming in freshwater lakes and walks in majestic pine-woodland landscape.

Our accommodation, the Tiki Inn, is not only a welcome place to rest your head situated just metres from the water’s edge, it also has a range of watersports equipment such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards which are available for use throughout the duration of your stay. Saunas and hot tubs are available during your stay and the Tiki Inn’s charismatic partner, Matthew, and his wonderful family, are sure to make your time in Lithuania an unforgettable experience.


Who is this trip for?

This trip is designed for both yoga enthusiasts and swimmers. For yogis, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore, get close to nature and experience the meditative and healing properties of outdoor swimming. For those from a swimming background, this trip offers an opportunity to explore the benefits of yoga and how the meditative and physical experience of yoga naturally complements and enhances one's swimming.

For both yogis and swimmers (and those who are already both!), this trip offers a relaxing and stunning location, wonderful outdoor freshwater swims, and hikes through the beautiful woodlands of the Aukštaitija National Park. This trip will suit swimmers and yogis of all abilities, though participants should be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 3 km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip to gain the most from the experience.


Why yoga and swimming?

Yoga and swimming are a perfect combination. For swimmers, yoga offers both physical and mental benefits. Physically, yoga helps with breathing and strength and is a great way to increase your flexibility, especially if you can work yoga into your daily routine. Through meditation, relaxation and stretching, yoga is also a great way to combat stress and anxiety. It can help you centre and focus, and to find the perfect rhythm for your swims. For yogis, swimming in open water is an excellent way to meditate and be close to nature, removing the many barriers between yourself and the world around you.


What's included?

  • Fully guided yoga and swimming holiday in Lithuania
  • Experienced Iyengar yoga teacher
  • Yoga mat for the duration of the trip
  • Technique advice
  • Three nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Evening meals (€50 per person per trip)

Daily Itineraries

Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims and yoga activities that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual activities and swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and lake conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.

Day 1

On our first evening, we meet at the Tiki Inn for welcome drinks and a short briefing on the plans for the rest of the trip. This is a chance to meet rest of our team before we head down to the lake for a short acclimatisation swim. We’ll then have time for sitting meditation or quiet contemplation before taking a group meal at the Tiki Inn.

Day 2

After waking, we meet for our morning yoga practice. Here we will develop our stability and alignment for the specific muscle groups we will use when swimming. We will then have time to explore Iyengar Yoga and how it complements our swimming. Our first swim of the day starts from directly in front of our accommodation. We’ll swim up to 1km in Lake Lūšiai, followed by a scenic walk through the forest before lunch. The length of our afternoon swim has some flexibility, depending on the wishes of the group and this may be a longer swim than we take in the morning. It’s then back to the Tiki Inn in time for a restorative yoga practice, where we’ll take the time to relax our bodies and release any tension. We will then be ready to watch a beautiful Lithuanian sunset reflected in the water.

Day 3

After breakfast we have the opportunity to sit and contemplate the beauty of the surroundings, before our daily yoga practice. We will explore a deeper awareness of the body, mind and breathing, and how this can assist us in the water. After our yoga practice, we head to another of the local lakes for the morning swim of 1 to 2km where the calm water will refresh and awaken us. The grass banks which sweep down to the lake’s shore are an excellent place to unwind from the swim. After a break, it is then time for lunch. In the afternoon there is time for a rest or the option to join on a silent meditation walk, followed by a 1-1.5km swim. After this, we are transported back to our accommodation where we enjoy another deep restorative yoga practice and a delicious evening meal at the Tiki Inn. There is chance this evening to have a traditional Lithuanian sauna.

Day 4

On our last day, we will bring everything we have learnt together for our final yoga practice - how yoga has the ability to train the mind and body and how we can take this into our everyday lives to enhance all that we do. We will also have the time to discuss any of the practices we have done. After this we will enjoy our last dip in the water, a shorter, more mindful swim, saying our farewells to the lakes, their shores and surrounding forests. After the swim, there is time for a well-earned lunch together before the trip ends with a final sitting and contemplation of our days together.

Trip Schedule

Start Point: Tiki Inn, Paluse

Start Time: 19:00 on Day 1

Finish Point: Tiki Inn, Paluse

Finish Time: 14:00 on Day 4

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

In addition to your daily non-swimming clothes, we also recommend that you bring the following items:

Item Item
Swimming Costume (x2) Sweater / Fleece
Swimming Goggles* (x2) Waterproof Jacket
Sunhat and Sunglasses Long-sleeved top for walks
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes
Towel Aqua Shoes / Sandals
Small Daypack Yoga / Workout Clothes

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

Please note that SwimTrek will supply yoga mats, swim hats and provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along. If you would like to use a wetsuit, rash vest or fins during your swims, please ensure that you bring these with you.

Yoga Practice

Our 1.5 hour morning practice is designed to help you prepare for the day, energising and invigorating your body for exhilarating swims and walks. This practice may include a mix of standing poses (asanas), back or forward bends. All poses are completely optional and props may be used for support. The practice will develop stability and alignment for the specific muscle groups we will use when swimming. After our active day, we’ll unwind our tired bodies and relax with a restorative evening yoga class. This is a gentle session which will help the mind and body let go and allow you to enter a state of relaxation.

Swimming Distances

Swim* Distances
Afternoon Day 1 Acclimatisation Swim
Morning Day 2 1km
Afternoon Day 2 1½km
Morning Day 3 1-2km
Afternoon Day 3 1-1½km
Morning Day 4 1km

*The shorelines of most of these lakes are very grassy and reedy. It is advisable to only enter and exit the lakes at the designated entry and exit points in order to avoid the grass and reeds. It should also be noted that there are no shoreline tracks for non-swimmers to follow the group.

Swimming Conditions

These lakes are some of the world's cleanest freshwater lakes, however, water quality can be an issue due to water run-off from the fields. Blue-green algae and Weil’s disease are two possible contaminants. If you do feel unwell at any stage during or after the trip, you should go to your GP immediately, telling them you have been lake swimming.

Walking Conditions

Most walks take place on recognised paths and tracks, however, there may be cases where we walk along trails or other unsealed surfaces and care should be taken in these areas.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature Air Temperature
July 20 - 22˚C 68 - 72°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swims. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible. The itinerary may vary depending on weather, as may the lakes temperatures. Hence, you may require a wetsuit for some swims, but not others.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 15. The group will be split into a maximum of three groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) and two canoe boats to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides and a local boat pilot. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

There are several ways to travel to Paluse, however, the most common route is to fly into Vilnius Airport and book a private transfer service via our accommodation partners at the Tiki Inn. It is also possible to travel to the Tiki Inn via public transport. Alternatively, you can also fly into Kaunas Airport and book a private transfer to your accommodation, however, please note that the transfer time is slightly longer when using this option. While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your flights and other travel bookings as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Option 1: Travel via Vilnius

Flights to Vilnius

To search for available flights into Vilnius Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Private Transfer From Vilnius Airport To Paluse

The Tiki Inn offers a private transfer from Vilnius Airport to Paluse which takes approximately 1.5-2 hours. The transfer can accommodate up to eight guests and costs €125 for a transfer during the day (pre-19:00 departures) and €100 for an evening pick up (post-19:00 departures). Please note that this transfer must be booked at least seven days in advance by contacting Matthew at the Tiki Inn by email on matas@tikiinn.com to advise of your flight number and arrival time.

Public Transport From Vilnius Airport To Paluse

The cheapest option way to travel from the airport to the Tiki inn is to take a train to Ignalina via Vilnius and connect with the free transfer service that is offered by the Tiki Inn.

As you come out of arrivals from the airport, the train station is approximately 400m to the right of the bus stops in front of you. Take the elevator down to the tracks and hop on the train to Vilnius. This takes around eight minutes and costs approximately €1. Tickets can be purchased on the train, however please make sure you have some change with you. Train timetables can be viewed at: www.traukiniobilietas.lt. Alternatively, you can take bus number 1 which runs to Vilnius station from directly outside the airport terminal and costs approximately €1. A timetable and map of this bus route can be found at: Lit Rail - Vilnius Station. Once you reach Vilnius, you will need to catch a train to continue onto Ignalina. From Vilnius station it takes roughly 1½ - 2 hours and will cost between €3 - €4. When you arrive in Ignalina, your transfer will be there to take you to the Tiki Inn. A full itinerary of the journey can be found at: Lit Rail.

Please note that if you do choose this option, please contact Matthew at the Tiki Inn and let him know your expected arrival time into Ignalina so that a transfer from the station to the Tiki Inn can be arranged for you. You can contact Matthew to let him know your arrival time via email at matas@tikiinn.com.

Option 2: Travel via Kaunas

Flights to Kaunas

To search for available flights into Kaunas Airport, we suggest that you use Skyscanner.

Travel From Kaunas Airport to The Tiki Inn

The Tiki Inn offers a private transfer from Kaunas Airport to Paluse which takes approximately 2-2.5 hours. The transfer can accommodate up to eight guests and costs €165 for a transfer during the day (pre-19:00 departures) and €140 for an evening pick up (post-19:00 departures). Please note that this transfer must be booked at least seven days in advance by contacting Matthew at the Tiki Inn by email on matas@tikiinn.com to advise of your flight number and arrival time.

Public Transport From Kaunas Airport To Paluse

The cheapest option of travelling from the airport to the Tiki Inn is via Express Microbus and the connecting train to Ignalina and then catching the the free transfer service that is offered by the Tiki Inn.

Note: If you choose this option, please let the SwimTrek team know your expected arrival time into Ignalina so a transfer from the station to the Tiki Inn can be arranged for you.

The Express Microbus service goes from Kaunas Airport to Vilnius train station and costs approximately €10. The journey time is approximately 2½ hours and is a great way to see the Lithuanian countryside. For further information, please visit: www.ollex.lt/en/express/Kaunas-airport/buy-a-ticket. Once you reach Vilnius, you will need to catch a train to continue onto Ignalina. From Vilnius station it takes roughly 1½ - 2 hours and will cost between €3 - €4. When you arrive in Ignalina, your transfer will be there to take you to the Tiki Inn. A full itinerary of the journey can be found at: Lit Rail.

Practical Information

Accommodation

Nestled between trees on the banks of the Lake Lusiai, the Tiki Inn offers a unique accommodation experience with its Hawaiian theme, welcoming hosts and delicious breakfasts and lunches which are included as part of your package. The 'community' rooms are used as twin-share accommodation with shared showers and bathrooms, while standard single, twin and double rooms with en suite bathrooms are also available and can be reserved during the booking process, subject to availability. If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the SwimTrek trip, this can be arranged directly through Matthew at the Tiki Inn via email at matas@tikiinn.com.

Extra Activities

As a SwimTrek guest, you have access to a range of watersports equipment and other facilities to use during the course of your trip at no extra charge. This equipment includes stand-up paddle boards, bicycles, canoes and hammocks. The use of this equipment can be arranged directly with the Tiki Inn staff during your stay. The sauna and hot tubs are heated by wood fire and so are not kept heated continuously but will be available following at least one day of swimming.

Aukštaitija National Park

The Aukštaitija National Park is one of Lithuania’s most beautiful natural areas where you can take part in a huge range of outdoor activities. From hiking and mountain biking to stand-up paddle boarding and other watersports, spending a few days in the national park before or after your trip is a wonderful way to experience this spectacular part of the world. If you would like to extend your stay, please contact Matthew at the Tiki Inn to enquire about additional accommodation on matas@tikiinn.com.

Meals

All breakfasts and lunches are included, however evening meals are at your own expense. The Tiki Inn also provides delicious home-cooked dinners at the cost of €50 per trip (payable in cash to Matthew at the end of the trip). For those with strict dietary requirements, the Tiki Inn has more than one kitchen allowing anyone to prepare their own meals if they wish.

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as dinners, drinks, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. The local currency in Lithuania is the Euro (€). There are no cash machines near the Tiki Inn or at the nearest town of Paluse. There are cash machines in the town of Ignalina (3 km from the Tiki Inn) so we advise you travel with cash as most restaurants will like to be paid in cash.

Passports and Visas

Lithuania is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Lithuania require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of all EU member states, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Lithuania. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Health Information and Recommended Vaccinations

For comprehensive health information for people travelling to Lithuania, including all recommended and required vaccinations, please visit Travel Health Pro. Please note that this information is subject to change and you should re-check this site regularly prior to your trip.

Travel Plugs & Electricity

For a useful source of information on the different electrical outlets, electrical plugs, and electric sockets, please visit https://www.worldstandards.eu/.

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