Trip from Vilnius to Riga: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
per group up to 4
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We were picked up at exactly 10am by our tour guide, Andres, who was friendly, and the perfect guide to show us around Trakai Castle and the Paneriai Memorial. We were lucky enough to be the only people on the tour. First we were given a tour and a short guide to the Jewish ghettos in Vilnius, and then we were driven to the memorial. My girlfriend and I had no idea just how brutal the history of this area really was, and our guide was deeply respectful, and very knowledgeable on the whole subject. After a walk around the area in the forest, we were driven to Trakai Castle, which is absolutely as beautiful as it looks in all the photos. Andres is passionate about Lithuanian history, and one can't help but think of Game of Thrones as he enthusiastically recounts how Lithuania was formed. You could visit these sites on your own, but you will learn SO much more if you take this tour, and especially if you're lucky enough to have Andres as a guide.
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.
We were just 2 tourists booked for this tour since it was lean season. I was expecting that they might cancel but luckily for us, they pushed tru it. Communication via email was easy. Our guide Andre gave us quite an info about Lithuania. We are looking forward of going back to Vilnius and avail of their daytous in the future.
Our guide was very good. He was interested in the things he told us so he presented them in an interesting and lively way, not only as if reading out of a book. We also liked his humane view-points. And he put in an extra effort to walk us to a restaurant that we asked about. He also answered our questions very dutifully.
Good tour with options to see different aspects like Paneriai (WW II) and Trakai (medieval history). The guide woman was good although she was not very emphatic. 1h free time to see Trakai Castle after listening guide woman explanations. I reccomend the tour although the guide woman could improve her attitude.