Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Camino Lituano: walking solo or in a group?
- Where is the starting point of the Camino Lituano?
- How can I reach the starting point of the Camino Lituano?
- Is Camino Lituano well-marked?
- How many kilometres should I walk per day?
- What is the best time to walk the Camino Lituano?
- Can I skip few stages and continue the Camino Lituano?
- Can I cycle the Camino Lituano?
- Can I walk Camino Lituano with my dog?
- What kind of accommodation available on the Camino Lituano?
- Should I book accommodation in advance?
- Is there a special legend/sign for Pilgrim accommodations?
- What are the rules at Pilgrim accommodations?
- Is it possible to sleep in a tent?
- Do Pilgrim accommodations provide bed linen?
- What is the average price of Pilgrim accommodation?
- Is there Wi-Fi in the Pilgrim accommodations?
- What should I do in case of emergency?
- What is a Pilgrim’s passport (PP) and why do I need it?
- Where can I obtain Pilgrim’s passport?
- How much money does it cost to walk the Camino Lituano?
Camino Lituano: walking solo or in a group?
You can walk Camino Lituano (CL) alone, in a group or in a group organised by CL community. There are no tickets and the path is open all year round.
- Walking solo: If you decide to walk Camino Lituano on your own, you must take care of the entire trip: book accommodation, take care of food, arrange transportation to the starting point of the trip. CL community can help pilgrims with providing information and answering their questions.
- Camino Lituano organized walks. Few times a year CL community organizes walks open to anyone who is interested. During these walks the organizing group takes care of accommodation, transportation etc. You can find information about the upcoming trips on our Facebook page. Also, you could send us a message to http://www.caminolituano.com/contacts/, to ask about the upcoming Camino Lituano events.
Where is the starting point of the Camino Lituano?
The starting point of the Camino Lituano will be at the Lithuanian – Latvian border. At the moment, there are eleven stages of the CL:
- Paberžė – Kėdainiai
- Kėdainiai – Panevėžiukas
- Panevėžiukas – Raudondvaris
- Pažaislio vienuolynas – Daukšiagirė
- Daukšiagirė – Prienai
- Prienai – Punia
- Punia – Alytus
- Alytus – Miroslavas
- Miroslavas – Meteliai
- Meteliai – Lazdijai
- Lazdijai – Seinai
Pilgrims can start the Camino at any stage and walk one, two or more stages as they desire. It is possible to follow all the stages, and it is also ok to skip few stages and continue the Camino weeks or even months later.
How can I reach the starting point of the Camino Lituano?
There are few ways to reach the starting point of the Camino Lituano:
- Personal transport. If you choose to reach the starting stage of the Camino Lituano by car, you must decide where to park the car and ensure its safety.
- Public transport. Every town on the Camino Lituano has a developed transport system, connecting them to Vilnius (capital city), Kaunas and other big cities. You can find more information here (buses) and here (trains).
Is Camino Lituano well-marked?
Camino Lituano is well marked with yellow arrows and scallop shells. Every crossroad or side road has a yellow arrow or St. James scallop shell or both, indicating which direction to go.
How many kilometres should I walk per day?
Camino Lituano is divided into stages of 18- 30 kilometres each. Every stage starts and ends in towns so pilgrims can rest there comfortably. It is advisable to walk one stage per day, to make sure that pilgrims can find accommodation. It is possible to walk more kilometres (or less kilometres) per day, but in this case, there is no guarantee of accommodation or transportation.
What is the best time to walk the Camino Lituano?
There are four distinctive seasons in Lithuania, therefore everyone should decide what is the best time for them to walk the camino. Experienced hikers can walk the camino any time of the year, but the best time to walk the Camino Lituano is from the 1st of May till the 31st of October.
Can I skip few stages and continue the Camino Lituano?
You do not have to walk all stages of the Camino Lituano at once. It is possible to walk few stages, then skip few stages and take a bus instead, and continue later.
Can I cycle the Camino Lituano?
Yes, it is possible to cycle the Camino Lituano, but please bear in mind that CL is not specially designed for cyclists. CL goes on dirt roads or through rivers and streams. You might have to push you bike up the hill, or carry it across a bridge. Pilgrim accommodations and restaurants might not have designated storage spaces for your bicycle, therefore you will have to take care of it by yourself.
Can I walk Camino Lituano with my dog?
You can walk Camino Lituano with your dog, but there are few things you should keep in mind:
- In public areas (towns, villages etc.) you must take full responsibility of your dog (put your dog on a lead, stop your dog from going to certain places, clean after your dog etc.)
- You must ensure that your dog is not causing harm to people.
- Pilgrim accommodations might not allow dogs (you have to call in advance for information).
What kind of accommodation available on the Camino Lituano?
Pilgrims on the Camino Lituano can choose to stay at the hotels, hostels, homesteads or specially designated Pilgrim’s accommodation. Every town on the CL has at least one Pilgrim’s accommodation – a specially designated place for pilgrims to spend a night. To stay there, every pilgrim should have Pilgrim's passport. A detailed information about Pilgrim’s accommodation can be found in the description pages of every stage.
Should I book Pilgrim's accommodation in advance?
It is recommended to book Pilgrim’s accommodation in advance. It is advisable to pre-book accommodation if you are traveling in large groups (10 or more people). Contact phone numbers can be found on the description page of each stage.
If Pilgrim’s accommodation is booked out, it is possible to spend a night at a hotel or hostel.
Is there a special legend/sign for Pilgrim's accommodation?
At the moment, there are no special signs/legends for Pilgrim’s accommodation, but you can easily find them by following the map or asking local people for directions.
What are the rules at Pilgrim's accommodations?
Pilgrim’s accommodation is not a hotel, so full service is not provided. Pilgrims live in a shared room with shared bathroom, therefore everyone should follow the rules and be considerate towards each other.
Is it possible to sleep in a tent?
Yes, it is possible to sleep in a tent, but you must take your own tent and camp in designated camping areas only.
Do Pilgrim's accommodation provide bed linen?
Some Pilgrim’s accommodation places do provide bed linen, while others don’t. For more information, please contact the place you are interested.
What is the average price of Pilgrim's accommodation?
The average price of Pilgrim’s accommodation is EUR10 per person per night. Hotels and homestays have higher prices.
Is there Wi-Fi in the Pilgrim's accommodations?
There are power outlets (sockets) for pilgrims to charge their smartphones and gadgets.
Not every Pilgrim's accommodation has Wi-Fi, but you can always access internet in local libraries, coffee shops, malls and other public places.
You can buy a prepaid local SIM card with Wi-Fi in any supermarket or newsstand in Lithuania.
What should I do in case of emergency?
In any case of emergency (health and safety, offence etc.) call Emergency Response Centre (ERC) to the number 112. The call will be answered by English speaking professionals and you will be given the help you need.
It is recommended to have enough personal medication and a first aid kit before you start walking the Camino Lituano.
What is a Pilgrim’s (PP) passport and why do I need it?
Pilgrim’s passport is a document which allows travellers to stay at the Pilgrim’s accommodation. Each pilgrim must have a personal PP and present it at the Pilgrim’s accommodation, so a member of staff can stamp it, thus proving that this person is on the pilgrimage.
Where can I obtain Pilgrim’s Passport?
At the moment, Pilgrim’s Passport can be obtained in the Monastery of Pazaislis, at the Museum of the Monastery.
How much money does it cost to walk the Camino Lituano?
It depends on your personal needs. Pilgrim accommodation on the Camino costs on average EUR 5-10 per person per night. You should add the sum of money you are planning to spend on food every day and multiply by the number of days you are planning to spend on the Camino in order to have an approximate budget for the Camino Lituano trip.