Trakai
Second World War

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  • Paneriai Holocaust Site, Trakai Castle & Rumsiskes Day Tour

    1. Paneriai Holocaust Site, Trakai Castle & Rumsiskes Day Tour

    During this day tour you will be able to explore the most interesting sites located in the surrounds of Vilnius. After pick-up from your hotel, the tour will start at Paneriai memorial park, where thousands of Jews from Wilna were killed. The Paneriai or Ponary massacre was a mass murder of up to 100,000 people by German SD, SS and Lithuanian Nazi collaborators, during World War II. The murders took place between July 1941 and August 1944 near the railway station of Ponary, now known as Paneriai, a suburb of what is today Vilnius, Lithuania. After the tour in the park, the group will head to the second capital of Lithuania, where today you can see the most beautiful castle in Europe, Trakai Castle, located on an island in the lake. Here you can have the lunch in a traditional Karaim restaurant, or take a boat trip around the lake. After Trakai, the group will head to one of the larges...

  • From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

    2. From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

    Following pick-up from your hotel or apartment in central Vilnius, drive to the Paneriai Memorial Park, built at the site of the Ponary massacre where up to 100,000 people were murdered by the Germans during World War II. Pay your respects to the fallen heroes and see historic photographs and documents that detail the tragedy.  Move on to the former medieval residence of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes at Trakai. Take a guided tour of the legendary castle and learn more about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania during its golden age. See historical artifacts inside the fortress, built on an island on beautiful Lake Galvė.  Enjoy up to an hour of free time to explore on your own and purchase souvenirs, or use the time to taste some traditional dishes from Lithuania and of the Jewish Karaite faith at your own expense. Drive back to Vilnius and get dropped off at your hotel or apartment on arrival.

    Our guide Andres was very knowledgeable, friendly and polite. He explained in detail about the Lithuanian history. Paneriai Memorial is very impressive and Trakai Castle is amazing.

  • From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

    3. From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

    During this private day tour you will be able to explore the most interesting sites in the surrounding areas of Vilnius. The tour will start from Paneriai memorial park, where thousands of Jews from Wilna were killed.  The Paneriai or Ponary massacre was the mass murder of up to 100,000 people by German SD, SS and Lithuanian Nazi collaborators, during World War II. The murders took place between July 1941 and August 1944 near the railway station of Ponary, now known as Paneriai, a suburb of what is today Vilnius, Lithuania. After the tour in the park, you will head to the second capital of Lithuania, where today you can see the most beautiful castle, on the island in the lake. Here, you have the possibility to enjoy lunch in traditional Karaim restaurant or take boat trip around the lake. After, the group will head to the temporal capital of Lithuania - Kaunas, which is second largest...

    Because of the flexible itinerary it was possible to adapt the sights to the number of expected traffic for festivities in Kaunas. Starting with sad history of the Nazi regime killing about 100000 people from Vilnius and just burying the remains in the Paneriai Forest. With the good weather we continued to Kaunas to see many of its churches, the little fortress walking around most of the time. When we finally got to Trakai Castle I learnt about the way of defending the different parts of the castle, how the islands were connected by bridges and what else to do in Trakai. I highly recommend this tour.

  • Sightseeing Tour around Vilnius City and Trakai Castle

    4. Sightseeing Tour around Vilnius City and Trakai Castle

    Discover the main objects of Vilnius city and surroundings, such as: The Classic Town Hall, the  bohemian Uzupis district (visiting the Angel of freedom, the Constitution), the Gothic St.Anne's Church and its famous Gothic ensemble, the magnificent Cathedral Square, old Vilnius University, and baroque masterpieces of the 17th century - Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Then you will drive to the surrounding area and visit Pavilniai Regional Park and see its wonderful panoramic Puckoriai exposure, Authentic Exile Memorial, the crazy Tuputiskiai serpentine, and the literary Markuciai Manor, also known as A.Pushkin Museum. Afterwards, you will see a panoramic view of Vilnius from Subacius hill.  The second part of the tour is dedicated to the Trakai district. The first stop is Paneriai Memorial Park and Museum, which commemorates the brutal events that occurred during WWII. Then you will a...

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What people are saying about Trakai

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

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.

Wonderful guide and really excellent tour - outstanding.

Despite the horrific nature of one of the sites we visited thus was a really great tour, the guide was extremely friendly, charming and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour to anyone interested in the Holocaust and/or Lithuanian history. Trakai is stunningly beautiful.

Andrus/Andreas was informed, articulate, nuanced in his observations and very good company. He paced the experience skillfully, and prepared us for the emotional impact of the information he shared. He made our time in Vilnius deeply meaningful.

Our guide Andres was very knowledgeable, friendly and polite. He explained in detail about the Lithuanian history. Paneriai Memorial is very impressive and Trakai Castle is amazing.

Great driver and he know a lot of things about the place