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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
US$48.43
Private tour Trakai & Paneriai
Private tour to Trakai Island Castle Museum and Paneriai Memorial Park
US$46.13
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.
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1 - 5 of 12 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
You have to go

I was expecting the Trakai Castle to be the highlight of this adventure. Not that the castle tour was not great (it was), but the visit to the Paneriai Park was a touching and emotional reminder of the dark days of WWII. Our tour guide...More

1  Thank rcoor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A sobering start with a cheerful end

This tour is a must. Starting with a very sobering reminder of something we should never forget, the Paneriai forest tour brings you back to the time of the Nazis, and how mass murder was undertaken with ruthless efficiency. The short drive after to gorgeous...More

1  Thank Autobiographica
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, thank you for your 5* review about the Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Park tour. Great to hear that you sense the importance of two particular places. We'd love to see you again on another tour of ours!

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile
Great experience !

Our guide Inge was very friendly an very knowledgeable . Our group was composed of 7 people from different part of the world which made it even more fun . We learnt a lot about Lithuanian history and really enjoyed this tour . Trakai is...More

1  Thank Nadedel2014
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Many thanks for such a great review, we appreciate it and it will go a long way in helping others to decide on what worthwhile activities to book when in Lithuania. Wish you all the best!

Reviewed 3 July 2018
Excellent tour

These were 2 places I wanted to visit but only having a few days in Vilnius, this seemed a good option to minimise travelling to both by public transport. Pick up at my hotel was prompt. Andres was an excellent tour guide, starting with a...More

1  Thank FoxyRhino
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear FoxyRhino, Thank you for your time and such beautiful review! Great to hear that you enjoyed our services so much. Hopefully we'll see you again in the near future. Best regards!

Reviewed 21 June 2018
A need to History lesson

Our guide Inge was great. Very knowledgeable, interesting and charming! The tour started with a short Jewish history of the city. We had visited the Genocide museum in Vilnius the previous day (a must do also) and this tour added to the history of Lithuania...More

2  Thank YorkshireGadders
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Hello There :) Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate your feedback. Knowledge and the personal style are our goals and pride and we are glad you felt that way as well! Hope to see you again on another our...More

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