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Take a trip through the history on Lithuania on this thrilling tour to charming Trakai town and Paneriai Memorial Park. Started with a short Jewish history of Vilnius city, you’ll gain a provoking and touching experience in the outskirts of the Paneriai forest. Then going on Trakai town, which is famed the world over for it’s delightful island castle and a blend of natural beauty. Accompanied by the local guide, you’ll take round the various rooms of the Castle Museum. About one hour time is reserved to spend by your own before making the short drive to Vilnius.
Vilnius centrally located hotel, apartment, hostel, etc.
Vilnius Town Hall Square
Prior to the departure time (emailed 1 day before the tour starts)
The tour runs if min of 3 persons are going. If the min group size is not met you will get an alternative date, private tour (for extra fee) or full refund.
This half day trip starts from the centrally located hotel. Then drive through Vilna Ghetto where a brief overview of the Jewish history in Vilnius is being told. Visiting Paneriai Memorial Park and the museum – one of the biggest mass murder site in Eastern Europe, where were killed about 100 000 people, mostly Jewish community.
Later on the tour is continued to Trakai, small town just 30 km away from Lithuanian Capital Vilnius. At the Middle Ages Trakai was the headquarters of the royal family. Today all the glory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania remains the island castle located on the picturesque landscape. Further exploring the museum in the castle with a guide where are interesting historical items which represents the Lithuanian history in the Medieval period.
One hour will be dedicated to some free time where you can explore on your own and find some souvenirs and/or taste traditional Lithuanian and Karaites dishes (not included).
Return to Vilnius and drop off at your hotel/apartments or other central place.
Trakai was recently removed from another tourbus trip I had previously booked so I looked for an alternative company to bring me there and I found this tour, which was very informative and interesting. Tour guida Inga was very nice and funny, and she never make us feel pushed or rushed to the next stop; also, the van was comfy and the ride smooth.
I’m not much into organized tours, but this one makes for a nice – albeit sad in the first location – half day trip
“Huippu opas,joskin hiukanasenteellinen”
I could definitely recommend this trip if you have more then two days to spend in Vilnius. We got picked
up in time, learned a lot of history of the country in a short time and we really appreciate the guided tour
inside the castle. The guide had a lots of knowledge and she was very friendly.
Nothing but positive feedback for my experience. I contacted the vendor while enroute from Riga, Latvia; they worked with me to arrange the tour on short notice and Andrius, our tour guide, did a fantastic job! We first ventured to where the Jewish Ghetto was during WWII and he provided us a brief historical background of what occcurred; thereafter, we headed to Paneriai Memorial Park where he led us through the area and educated us on what occured during WWII; both visits were well worth the trip alone. Thereafter, we ventured to Trakai Castle where he led us through the castle, providing its history, its rulers and nobles who resided at the castle. Upon completion of the tour, we were provided 1 hour on our own to tour the rest of the town. Personally, I would have loved to have had additional time, but understood the schedule we working working within. However, at no time did Andrius make me feel rushed during the trip and upon return to Vilnius, he was kind enough to provide me a familiarization with the Republic of Uzupis and dropped me off at the Chapel Gates of Dawn, which was actually located on the opposite side of the city from where my hotel was located. I would definitely recommend Andrius and this tour to those visiting.
This was an amazing tour and completely worth the price. We were picked up and dropped off from our accommodations which is a great perk – especially as there were four adults and one child in my party. Andrius was a font of information. He has stories for the Jewish history in the city of Vilnius, the heartbreaking history of Paneriai and the history of Trakai. You learn so much about Lithuania. Highly recommended!! Thank you Andrius you are a wonderful guide.