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Small-Group Sightseeing Tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle

Highlights
  • 4-hour small-group tour to the Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle from Vilnius
  • Learn of Lithuania’s World War II history at the Paneriai Memorial Park
  • Visit Trakai Island Castle and its museum with a guide
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Small-Group Sightseeing Tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle
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Regular shared small group tour to Trakai Island Castle Museum and Paneriai Memorial Park
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Private tour to Trakai Island Castle Museum and Paneriai Memorial Park
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Overview
Explore Lithuania’s rich heritage on this 4-hour small-group sightseeing tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle from Vilnius. Visit the Paneriai Memorial Park with a guide and gain insight into Lithuania’s World War II history. Enjoy panoramic countryside views on route to Trakai, home to the imposing Trakai Island Castle. Take a guided tour of the castle and learn of its role as Lithuania’s military and political center. Admire ancient treasures from the country’s colorful history in the museum and enjoy free time to explore before returning to Vilnius.
What to Expect
About 10 km away from Vilnius center on the way to Trakai first stop at Paneriai, also known as Ponar or Ponary site. Paneriai before WWII was the beautiful forest and recreational area for residents of Vilnius and its surroundings. In 1940 and 1941 Red Army soldiers established a military base there. Within days of being captured by the Germans this base became a place of execution. Authentic museums with photographs, orders and other documents; burial pits; burning places and commemorative monuments are represented in the Paneriai memorial park.
The tour then continues to Trakai 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.
Enjoy a visit to the the museum inside the castle with a guide, and have a glance at interesting historical items.
About an 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 (at own expense).

After this enchanting experience your driver will take you back to Vilnius and drop you off at a centrally located place close to public transfer from where you can make your way back to your hotel. Feel free to ask for directions.
Reviews (41)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great and informative visit

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...More

Thank wayneomac
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Informative, Efficient and very Enjoyable!!

An excellent trip from start to finish with the very knowledgeable Inge, thought provoking and combined with some stunning locations, very enjoyable. Would recommend this trip

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GrossBruder1984
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear GrossBruder, Thank you very much for your kinds word! I hope the rest of your trip was equally wonderful! Greetings from Lithuania and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Superb trip!

This was the second day we spent with Inge as our guide and we really enjoyed the trip. We were collected from our apartment at 10am and started the tour with a drive through the large Jewish ghetto. Lots of information was given. We then...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GemZ77
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Gem, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate your feedback. We are happy to read you enjoyed our tour hosted by Inga and we hope you will come to Discover Lithuania tours again in the future for the most...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018
great trip even in terrible weather

We were picked up by our apartment by our wonderful and very knowledgeable tour guide. Off we went to the Jewish qtr and then to the memorial park , a very thought provoking experience! Having been to several holocaust sites throughout Europe the stories I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank muzzy_12
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear muzzy_12, It´s so nice to read your review. We’re very happy to hear that you had a fantastic tour with us even in terrible weather. Thank you so much, we really appreciate your words! Greetings!

Reviewed 20 October 2018
5 hour trip

collected from our apartment on time by Inge our excellent tour guide. A short tour around the large ghetto area which was very informative then on to Paneriai. shocking to hear what went on there in the 40s. Then onto to beautiful Trakai for a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank colin e
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Colin, Thank you for leaving a review about your experience on Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle tour and for your high recommendation! We hope to see you again on another tour in the future. Greeings from Lithuania :)

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