Car and Driver in Lithuania #lithuania


Denise Fletcher
 

Regina is the best guide available.  She’s extremely knowledgeable, interested and interesting, and very able at brokering sensitive conversations with the locals.  I was also very happy with the driver she organised, a man called David.  I went to 5 different shtetls and cities in Lithuania, from the north to the south, and she was clued up on all of them.  Very highly recommended!

Denise Fletcher
Sydney Australia 


Peter Cohen
 

For what its worth, I will add my experience...I also used Regina Kopelovich and was very satisfied with her services.  I rented a car from Avis, which I picked up and returned to the airport. Regina's knowledge was enough to get us to wherever we wanted to go. Traffic is not a problem and most of the driving is on rural roads. The trickiest part was finding the actual Avis office to pick up and return the car. Unlike what you would expect from Avis in the US, the car, although in good shape and gave me no trouble, was about 4 years old with around 65,000 miles.

All of this was about 10 years ago, but I doubt things have change very much.
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Peter Cohen
California


Gail H. Marcus
 

This is a followup to my last message.  I contacted the guide we used, Regina Kopilevich.  She says she knows many drivers and offered to let me give you her name.

BTW, it sounds like Barbara has already lined up a guide, but for anyone who hasn't and who is thinking about a trip to this area, she was fantastic.  We spent a couple of days with her, one in Vilnius and the other on the trip to Dvinsk.  She helped us search for some genealogical records, took us to a number of sites, was flexible about going to sites of particular interest to us, and even knew people in Dvinsk and helped us make some connections there.  I'd recommend her highly.  Her email address is:  regina.kopilevich@...

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD


fotolinda
 

When we were in Lithuania, we used Viljamas Zitkauskas of Jerulita. http://www.jerulita.lt/

He took us around Vilnius and drove us to Panevezys where he took us to a site where my cousin's mother's family had perished. He also was a great "fixer" in translating for us when we met the Chairman of the Panevezys Jewish Community. 

Highly recommend.

Linda Epstein
fotolinda@...
Grodno and Sokolka: TIKOTZINSKI---> EPSTEIN
Minsk: SPUND
Makow: SAFIAN, SAFFIAN, WEINSTEIN
Ruzany: GROSSMAN


Gail H. Marcus
 

We were faced with the same problem 3 years ago.  We, too, had made arrangements with a local Jewish guide/genealogist, but she didn't have transportation, and her efforts to get a driver weren't successful.  When we arrived in Vilnius, we took an Uber from the airport to our hotel.  The Uber driver spoke some English, so we asked him if he could possibly drive us around 2 days later.  He said yes.  It worked out very well.  We paid him directly, not through Uber.  He drove us to Daugavpils (Dvinsk) in Latvia, which was our next stop, and dropped us off there with our guide (who hitchhiked back later in the day).  When we started our trip with the driver, we asked him to deviate from the most direct route to Dvinsk because I had identified some small towns a short way off the direct route where a couple of my ancestors came from.  He agreed to that readily, and he was a very safe and conscientious driver, so we were very pleased with him.  

Unfortunately, I can't find his contact information.  I've sent a note to our guide to ask her if she happens to have it.  All I recall was that his name was Mantis.  I don't know if that's a common name in Lithuania, and I have no idea if or how you could get to a particular driver through Uber.  If my guide responds and has the driver's contact information, I'll share it.  If not, I just thought my story might give you another way to find a driver.  If you are staying at a hotel, the hotel might also be able to help.  

Hope some of this helps.

Gail Marcus
Bethesda, MD 


Barbara Horwitz
 

I'm traveling in Lithuania this summer, guided by a local Jewish genealogist. We need a car and driver to get us around from town to town, as well as touring countryside. Does anyone suggest a resource for me? 

Thank you in advance. 

Barbara Horwitz