Guided tour

From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

4.9 / 5

81 reviews

Activity provider: Discover Lithuania
Guided tour

From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

Activity provider: Discover Lithuania

From US$ 81.26 per person

Step back in time and visit the Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle on a day trip from Vilnius. Pay your respects to more than 100,000 people murdered at the Ponary massacre. Learn more about the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and more

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian
Pickup optional
Pick-up possible from centrally located hotels and appartaments in Vilnius.
Private or small groups available


  • Visit the poignant war memorial at Paneriai Memorial Park
  • Learn more about the Grand Dukes of Lithuania at Trakai Castle
  • Get some free time to sample the typical foods of the Jewish Karaite faith
Full description
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.
  • Pick-up and drop off at centrally located hotels and apartments in Vilnius
  • Museum entrance tickets
  • Guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Small group tour
  • Food and drinks

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Meeting point

The bus stop in front of the Bell tower (Cathedral Square):

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The group tour ends at The Town Hall Square
  • The solo travellers or couples should contact supplier for the availability in advance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 81 reviews

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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.

March 24, 2023

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.

March 24, 2023

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.

March 24, 2023

Product ID: 65144