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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.
We signed up for the group tour and we were lucky just the two of us participated that day. Inga was our guide and she did a terrific job guiding us through the very sobering Paneriai Memorial Park and then Trakai Castle. I liked the tour set-up with Paneriai first which relates the story of the Lithuanian Holocaust(different story from other countries) as it’s a necessary but difficult history to confront. Trakai Castle is restored but is well worth visiting for its unique character, site on a lake and museum interpretation inside – quite beautiful. The area is a bit kitschy but we thoroughly enjoyed the castle so we put a blind eye to the aspect. Again Inga provided historical information that enhanced the visit. We were very pleased with this tour.
Had a wonderful experience w/ this tour. The tour through the old Jewish ghetto was very insightful. I
learned a few new historical references. The second part of the tour, the WW 2 Memorial was very
beautiful. The personal tour through the Trakai castle was well thought out. Glad I choose this tour.
“friendly, knowledgeable guide, interesting tour, good value”
We were collected on time from our hotel. Given a personal tour around Trakai castle. As well as an interesting and thought provoking tour of the Paneriari memorial.
We could have done with a little more time in trakai to explore and will definitely go back one day. However we felt the tour offered good value and well worth going.
A really enjoyable tour in the Lithuanian nature.
We started with the haulocaust memorial of Paneriai (which was a bit frustrating but this is a part of the history and something that we all have to know) and then we were taken to Trakai castle. A really nice site by the lake, the “trade mark” of Lithuania. Don’t miss the chance to have a half day off Vilnius, you ll see a part of the country that is really fascinating!
We had Inga as our guide whose devotion to her job, her love for the place and her proffesionalism made this excursion, something to remember! Thank you!
Quite remarkable how the human spirit can deal with oppression. Our guide was wonderful. She spoke
honestly and very sincerely about what occurred in the Paneriai Forest. I am grateful to her. It was the
most significant moment of my two weeks in Lithuania.