PROJEKTĄ REMIA LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKA

Community service rout “Entertaiment in Veisiejai region“

Dzūkija Rural Development Partners’ Association (Dzūkija LAG), in cooperation with Lazdijai District rural
communities, has developed two community-based service routes providing a great opportunity to get
acquainted with Lazdijai Region. Community Service Route “Entertainment in Veisiejai Region” consists of
two cognitive routes in Veisiejai Region.
Route One: Veisiejai–Varnėnai– Barčiai.
It is a cultural, educational, and cognitive programme. By following the route you will visit some of
the most beautiful locations in Veisiejai Regional Park, you will meet residents of Varnėnai Village, get
acquainted with their daily work, culinary heritage, customs and history of the Region. You will listen to
songs performed by women in Barčiai Village, take part in fun games.
The Route is designed for all age groups. The Route is organized during the warm season. The entertainment
is conducted in Lithuanian. The length of the Route is approximately 10 km, duration: 4 hours.

Detailed description of Route One:
The 1st stop on the Route is Veisiejai Town where you will visit the historical part of the Town, Veisiejai
St. George’s Church with crypts of the founders of the Church and exposition of sculptures of St. George,
fragments of the former Veisiejai Manor, Veisiejai Regional Museum, sculpture park, you will have an opportunity
to sail on Lake Ančia.
The 2nd stop on the Route is Varnėnai Village where you will visit the herbal garden grown by the members of
the community. More than 70 different medicinal herb species are grown in this garden. You will be introduced
to the useful properties of plants and treated with tea of your choice made of herbs grown in the garden.
After gaining some knowledge and tasting some tea you will be invited to participate in the educational
programme designated for baking the traditional Dzūkian buns. This dish, made of potatoes, has deeply
rooted traditions in Dzūkija Region. After discovering the secrets how to make Dzūkian buns you will be
cordially invited to taste this dish. Meanwhile, Barčiai Village Community Band will provide entertainment
for the sake of better appetite.
After refreshing with the Dzūkian buns, you will get acquainted with traditional yet nowadays often forgotten
farm chore, i.e. milking a cow. After hearing a story on raising and taking care of these farm animals,
you will have an opportunity to milk a cow yourself and make sure that tail is not the part of the cow you
should pull to get some milk…
Route Two: Veisiejai–Gegutė–Barčiai.
When travelling along this Route you will visit the most picturesque places located in Veisiejai Regional
Park, you will visit the wonderful Gegutė Village established among lakes, learn about the history of the
Village, horse breeding traditions. You will have an opportunity to get acquainted with wicker weaving
craft from up close, listen to recollections about the great horse-ride tour to the Black Sea. You will listen
to songs performed by Barčiai Village Community Band and participate in games organized by them.                                                                                                                      The Route is designed for all age groups. The Route is organized throughout the year.
The entertainment is conducted in Lithuanian. The length of the Route is 15 km, duration: 4 hours.

Detailed description of Route Two:
The 1st stop on the Route is Veisiejai Town where you will visit the historical part of the Town, Veisiejai
St. George’s Church with crypts of the founders of the Church and exposition of sculptures of St. George,
fragments of the former Veisiejai Manor, Veisiejai Regional Museum, sculpture park, you will have an opportunity
to sail on Lake Ančia.
The 2nd stop on the Route is Gegutė Village where you will be introduced to wicker weaving craft. During
this educational programme a craftsman will reveal the secrets of wicker weaving and you will have an
opportunity to make a wicker souvenir with your own hands.
The distinctive quality of Gegutė Village Community is that one of its members participated in the horseride
tour to the Black Sea. You will be introduced to the history of horse breeding, listen to a spectacular
story about the tour. After getting acquainted with the theory of horse breeding you will be invited to a
horse-back riding excursion on picturesque routes, along the changing shores of Lake Šlavantas. Then you
will have an opportunity to take a break and refresh with delicious lunch on campsite equipped on Lake
Šlavantas Island where Barčiai Village Community Band will perform an artistic programme for you.
For more details about the services, please visit website at www.ltpl.eu. You are welcome to book the
services by visiting the ordering system on website at www.dzukijosvvg.lt or by calling +370 606 03808.

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