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From Vilnius: Trakai Tour with Audio Guide

1. From Vilnius: Trakai Tour with Audio Guide

Depart Vilnius, and then journey by air-conditioned minibus to the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the pretty lakeside town of Trakai. Listen to an informative audio commentary on the 28-kilometer (17-mile) journey, and then get 2.5 hours to explore the historic Old Town at leisure.  See the amazing Insular Castle and well-preserved ruins of Peninsula Castle, constructed in the 14th century before falling into disrepair in the 17th century. Rebuilt after World War II, Insular Castle is now considered a major landmark of Lithuania. Learn about the small ethnic Karaites people who settled in Trakai, along with the Tartars, Russians, Jews and Poles who followed. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Galvė - the deepest of the region’s 200 lakes - before your return journey to Vilnius.

Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

2. Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Explore Vilnius by air-conditioned minibus, with an English-speaking guide, and discover the history of the Jews in the city as you travel through the former ghettos along Žemaitijos Street, discover the Vilnius Choral Synagogue, and go to the Jewish cemetery. The story can be traced back to the 13th century. In folklore Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews) were known for their love of education, no-nonsense straight-talk, and sardonic wit. They first settled in Vilna, as the capital was and still is known in Jewish culture, from around the time of its founding in 1323. By the 18th century, Vilna had become the world capital of traditional religious (Talmudic) learning, and was often referred to as the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Towering over the many great Jewish figures the city has produced is the Talmudic leader, Gaon of Vilna. Some 94 percent of the Litvaks perished in the Holocaust, the highest percentage of genocide in Europe. Today, a small community of around 5,000 Litvaks make bold efforts to maintain their heritage.

Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

3. Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

Vilnius is a beautiful city, renowned for it's green spaces and Baroque architecture. It is also a very old city with lots of history, which nuances are best presented by a local Lithuanian. We recommend starting your tour where the history of the city began 10,000 years ago at the Cathedral Square. Other meeting points in the Old town would also work, however this one is recommended. Walking through important buildings, streets and other objects you will find out how Lithuania emerged from the swamps to become a self-sufficient country, how it came to its fall, what was the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

Vilnius: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Trakai

4. Vilnius: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Trakai

Enjoy an amazing half-day tour of Trakai, traveling by air-conditioned minibus from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, with an English-speaking guide. Located just 17 miles (28 kilometers) from Vilnius, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is situated in a picturesque lakeside area, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Upon arrival, explore the historic town and well preserved ruins of the Peninsula Castle, set on its own island in Lake Galvė. Constructed in the 14th century, the castle was once of extreme strategic importance, falling into disrepair in the 17th century. Reconstructed according to its 15th century plan after World War 2, it’s now a major landmark of Lithuania. Learn about the small ethnic Karaites group who settled in Trakai, along with Tartars, Russians, Jews, and Poles, and get panoramic views of Lake Galvė, the deepest of the region’s 200 lakes.

From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

5. 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 town in Lithuania today. You will also visit Pazaislis monastery. After this, you will head back to your accomodation in Vilnius.

Vilnius: Half-Day Private Tour to Trakai

6. Vilnius: Half-Day Private Tour to Trakai

Enjoy an amazing half-day tour of Trakai, traveling by air-conditioned private minibus from Vilnius, with your own personal English-speaking guide. Located just 17 miles (28 kilometers) from Vilnius, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is set in a picturesque lakeside area, and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Your guide will pick you up at your Vilnius hotel for the short transfer. Upon arrival, explore the historic town and well-preserved ruins of the Peninsula Castle, set on its own island in Lake Galvė. Constructed in the 14th century, the castle was once of extreme strategic importance, falling into disrepair in the 17th century. Reconstructed according to its 15th century plan after World War II, it’s now a major landmark of Lithuania. Learn about the small ethnic Karaites group who settled in Trakai, along with Tartars, Russians, Jews, and Poles, and get panoramic views of Lake Galvė, the deepest of the region’s 200 lakes, before your return transfer to Vilnius.

Siauliai 2-Hour Private Tour to Hill of Crosses

7. Siauliai 2-Hour Private Tour to Hill of Crosses

Starting from any location in Siauliai, you will be collected and driven to the famous Hill of Crosses. Explore this striking religious site and see more than 200,000 crosses, crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, tiny effigies, rosaries and carvings of Lithuanian patriots that have been brought to the hill by Catholic pilgrims.  Enjoy a small group experience and the knowledge of your local, English-speaking guide.

The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

8. The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

This full-day tour starts at 09.00 AM when you’re picked up at your centrally located Vilnius Hotel. After about an hour’s drive you’ll reach the Ukmergė District, stopping at a park established to remember those who fought against the Soviet regime. You’ll see crosses dedicated to the partisans, to the most important dates of Lithuanian history and to famous individuals, such as Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan. Learn about the symbolism of the cross in Lithuanian culture and history. Continue to the Siauliai area, where you’ll visit the Hill of Crosses, one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Lithuania. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and taste traditional Lithuanian dishes. After lunch you’ll head back to Vilnius arriving at around 5:00-6:00 PM.

From Riga: The Hill of Crosses Private Guided Tour

9. From Riga: The Hill of Crosses Private Guided Tour

After meeting and greetings in the hotel, driving to the Lithuania about 130 km to visit Hill of Crosses. After crossing Latvia -Lithuania border, possibility for coffee break. More 30 km and destination reached. The Hill of Crosses is a potent symbol of faith, hope, and freedom of Lithuania. Desecrated but never destroyed, set on fire but never burned down. Located near town Siauliai it is a hill (castle mound) covered with thousands of crosses made from different materials and in different size. During the Soviet era, these crosses were removed by the authorities, but locals continuously replaced them. In 1993, Pope John Paul II had a service here. He later sent a crucifix to Lithuania which was placed on the hill, and today pilgrims begin and end their journeys at this location. For locals and visitors alike, this is a place of hope and enlightenment, reflecting Lithuania’s historical and cultural traditions. On the Hill of the Crosses, everyone can place their own cross for every occasion in life. The main thing is to believe! About 30-40 minutes for photos and walking around. Specially beautiful and emotional in the time of sunrise and sunset.

From Klaipeda: Curonian Spit Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Klaipeda: Curonian Spit Full-Day Private Tour

Catch the ferry from Smiltyne in Klaipeda and cruise to the sand dunes of the Curonian Spit. Stop en route at the seaside village of Juodkrantė, known for its handsome villas, and explore one of the oldest settlements of the national park (Kuršių Nerija National Park) to soak up its tranquil vibe. Continue to one of the most beautiful sand dunes to marvel at about 80 oak sculptures that form a huge ensemble of witches, demons, dragons and other fairytale characters. Stand in the footsteps of Thomas Mann at the village where he spent his summers and admire the architecture and ancient fishing boats of Nida before going to the natural sundial of the Parnidis sand dune Get stunning views from the observation deck and learn more at the Thomas Mann Memorial Museum. Visit the Amber Museum-Gallery in an old fisherman's house to see all 434 of the original-size wooden amulets dating back to the Stone Ages.

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What people are saying about Lithuania

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Memorable trip. Trakai castle was the highlight. It’s a magical castle on an island. Kibinai pastry is a must to try whilst there local to the area. Kernavè is also very beautiful with a small population residing there. The first capital of Lithuania! Definitely worth the trip. One of my highlights so far from Lithuania was taking this trip. Paneriai is also fascinating too. To hear what went on there was devastating. Would recommend going to the museum of occupations and freedom fights, Paneriai will make much more sense that way.

Amazing trip, our guide Giedrius is super friendly and informative. We went in January when the day is shorter, but we managed to cover all the places before it gets dark without feeling that it's too rushed. He managed to keep the pace really well and also provide us with many information about the sights that we are visiting. Thank you so much Giedrius, would recommend this activity to everyone looking to explore Trakai and Kaunas in one day :)

We decided to go on this trip one day before so we booked online. We met as agreed and in a few minutes were on our way to Trakai together with other six tourists. The castle was amazing and the weather was reslly cold. We had lunch afterwards in the vicinity and returned back on time to start our trip back to Malta.

Ugne was a perfect guide. She has a lot of knowledge about the Vilnius and she is excited to share this with tourists. She is committed to making sure tourists have a memorable experience.

Everything was 100%, prompt easy hotel pickup, very informative and friendly guide and driver, would book again.