Officially the Republic of Lithuania, this former Russian country is found in the north-east of Europe next to its smaller Baltic neighbours, Estonia and Latvia. The country also shares borders with Belarus, Poland, the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and has a coastline on the Baltic Sea. Lithuania has generally prospered since independence, having a strong economy and well developed, modern transport infrastructure. The main industries of the country are finance, technology and tourism, the latter of which is growing successful. First stop for most visitors is the capital city Vilnius; an attractive and historic city of about 560,000 people. There is an interesting blend of Old Town architecture, Gothic churches and more modern buildings too.

Considering its position towards the north of Europe, Lithuania actually has a fairly mild climate. Summer temperatures tend to reach the low 20s Celsius but occasionally go up into the 30s during July and August. In the north west the country has over 60 miles of sandy beaches whereas the centre of the Lithuania tends to be more lush and green. Serviced apartments in Lithuania are more common in the bigger cities such as Vilnius, Kaunas, Panevėžys and the seaside town of Klaipėda, but there is generally an excellent selection of accommodation available for visitors throughout the country.

Cities of Lithuania