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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$50.24
Private tour Trakai & Paneriai
Private tour to Trakai Island Castle Museum and Paneriai Memorial Park
US$47.85
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 15 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Trakai

The tour guide was knowledgeable and showed us what we needed to know. the tour was very quick and didn't really get to see much while walking. Had enough time at Trakai Castle.

Thank Leslie C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
It is a must if you ever find yourself in Vilnius

The guide was very polite and arrived on the EXACT time we arranged The group was small 8 people as advertised The pickup was clean and the air conditioning was allowing us to feel very comfortable in it The Guide was very knowledgeable and she...More

Thank Polys P
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Polys, Thank you so much for taking your time and writing this great review. It was so nice to meet you and show you around. We really hope to meet you next time in Lithuania. Warmest regards!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Well worth the time and the money

I enjoyed being in a smaller group. It is easier to interact with the guide and the smaller vehicle allowed us more interaction with the tour guide. The first part of the tour, with the guide driving us through the ghettos of Vilnius might have...More

1  Thank David C
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear David, Thank you for rating us and sharing your experience, we appreciate your comments and love to hear your opinion. We are glad you enjoyed the tour with our guide and we hope to see you join us again for more Discover Lithuania tours....More

Reviewed 2 August 2018
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

2  Thank rcoor
DiscoverLTU, Manager at Discover Lithuania, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear rcoor, Thank you for sharing your review with the travel community. We are happy to know you enjoyed every aspect of the Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle tour. Let me know if you ever come to our area - we hope to see you...More

Reviewed 2 August 2018
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 14 August 2018

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!

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