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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.
“I had a great satisfaction from the tour.”
An interesting tour. The guide , a very polite woman ,made great effords in order to satisfy us. Has a good knowledge and ready to explain also subjects that are not connected to the tour. A reliable website, I definitely recommend to my friends.
La visite commence dès Vilnuis et ce jusqu’à l’intérieur du château de Trakkai. Notre guide Andres nous raconte avec passion l’histoire de son pays et donne envie de s’y intéresser de plus près.Ce fut un trip très enrichissant en plus du plaisir de découvrir le château sous la neige entouré par les lacs gelés.
This tour ranks as one of the best that I have been on (and I have done a LOT of traveling)! Inge was incredibly knowledgeable and kind. I had a number of interactions with the tour company and they were all positive and responded quickly.
Thanks so much! I HIGHLY recommend this tour and Discover Lithuania in general.
We had a small group with a superb guide. Inge (not sure I spelled that right) was very knowledgable and friendly, good at answering questions and made the most of the available time. Given my own personal interests in the history of the Jewish community in Vilnius, I probably should have worked out a tour that would have focused even more on that and maybe skipped the castle. It was interesting but not spectacular. The tour of Panerei, though, was exceptional, and I highly recommend that anyone visiting Vilnius visit this Holocaust memorial, set in a beautiful forest with a dark and tragic history. Inge was especially helpful there, providing a sensitive contextual backdrop against which to try to understand something that no one will ever understand.
I was picked up at my hotel by Inga and then we picked up other people that were on the tour. The tour itself started with us being driven around the Jewish ghettos and given plenty of the history of Jewish people in Vilnius which was very interesting. We then were driven to Paneriai, this was a very thought provoking and sobering experience learning about the atrocities committed here during WW2. We then drove around 30 mins to Trakai Castle and walked around as Inga told us about the history of the castle and of Lithuania as we walked around. Inga left the group with about an hour to look around the castle ourselves and get something to eat. She recommended trying a kibinai which we did and it was very tasty. After the tour Inga gave us the option of being dropped off back at the hotel or in the centre of the Old Town. I would definitely recommend this tour as I think it is well worth the money.