Discover the rich historical heritage and stunning natural surroundings, soak up the atmosphere of sore Paneriai Memorial park and spectacular Trakai Castle. During this half day tour, you visit Paneriai (also known as Ponar, Ponary) – place, which represents the tragedy of holocaust and medieval Trakai town which is famous for its picturesque landscape and the legendary Trakai Castle, which was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political center, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania.
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.
“Perfekte Tour mit einer ausgezeichneten Führerin.”
Die Tour war trotz schlechtem Wetter sehr schön. Der Guide war hervorragend ausgebildet, äußerst freundlich und hat uns die auch die Geschichte von Litauen näher gebracht.
It was one of the best tours I have ever had. I was picked from my hotel on time. The tour guide explained everything in detail and showed me literally everything. She even took photos of me. It was a very nice, fun and highly informative trip. A MUST when you visit Vilnius/Trakai!
This tour was amazing!.Supposed to be a small group, but turned out it was only me. Inga, my tour guide was really wonderful and explained lots of stuff that I did not know. She explained the Jewish heritage in Vilnius then at the Paneriai Memorial Park. She answered my questions and we had good conversation about Lithuania’s history afterward. Trakai Castle is really beautiful place surrounding by frozen lake and Inga amazingly explained the history of the castle. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that visit Vilnius!!!
On the 15/2/18 we were picked up from our hotel by a very nice man by the name of Andres. ( I think) or Lithuanian equivalent. He was extremely knowledgeable about his history and geography of his country. He made even the genocide come to life with his information and passion he had for his country. We went to the Jewish Memorial and walked around the “pits” in the snow. The one thing that struck me about Paneriai was that no birds sang there. It was so quiet you could hear your heartbeat in loudly. We then went on to Trakai Castle, walking over the frozen lake. It was amazing.
Our guide was fantastic and his knowledge about Vilnius and its history was outstanding. He took us round the old Jewish Ghetto’s of Vilnius to give us some background to its history. We then went to the memorial at Paneriai where he told us about the atrocities that took place there. It was a very calm place where no birds were singing. The quiet was shattering, with only the thoughts racing round your head. I can’t describe it in any other way. From there we went to Trakai Castle. There again his knowledge was amazing only surpassed by his passion for his country. We finished off the visit by having lunch in a restaurant and eating traditional Lithuanian kabinas. A sort of Cornish pastie. A brilliant experience.