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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.

UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

2. UK/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the 42 most visited regions in Europe and the UK. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Isle of Man, Iceland, Ireland, Italy(including San Marino & Vatican), Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered are Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: UK: Telefonica / Vodafone /Hutchison 3G /Everything Everywhere

Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius

3. Regular walking tour of Soviet Vilnius

The tour starts next to Gediminas monument at the Cathedral Square. As your guide takes you out of the Old Town you will see the former Palace of Concerts and Sports - a brutalist Soviet-era building which housed concerts and basketball games back in the day. Your tour continues along the river with some spectacular views towards the Green Bridge which used to be famous for its Soviet propaganda statues which were taken down recently. You will explore places often overlooked by most travellers and discover the profound impact that Soviet rule had on the lives of ordinary people, as well as its influence on Lithuania's culture and architecture. The guides will show you where former Lenin's Square was located and how it has changed after the declaration of Independence. And finally, you'll finish the tour next to Seimas (parliament building) which was one of the spots where Lithuanians defended their independence in 1991.

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.

Vilnius: Then and Now Private Old Town Tour

5. Vilnius: Then and Now Private 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. Walking through important buildings, streets and other objects you will find out how Lithuania emerged from the swamps to become the biggest country in Europe, how it came to its fall, what was the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

Regular walking tour of Jewish Vilnius

6. Regular walking tour of Jewish Vilnius

Meet your guide on the stairs of Vilnius town hall and be introduced to the Jewish history of Vilnius. After getting to know your walking tour group and having a short overview of Jewish history in the city, the guide will take you through the narrow winding streets of the former Jewish Quarter to talk about Lithuanian Jews ('Litvaks') before World War II. Gaze at photos of the past, depicting what was once a vibrant Jewish community in Vilnius. After this, you will go to see the site of the Great Synagogue of Vilna and the area where Vilna Gaon used to live. Learn how during World War II the Jewish quarter was divided into two ghettos. Visit both ghettos and learn about Nazi rule in Vilnius. Moreover, learn about the development of modern Jewish community as well as how Lithuanians are dealing with the history today. If it's open, have the chance to visit the Vilnius Choral Synagogue. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to the area of the Big Ghetto to finish your tour near the Jewish Cultural and Information Centre for further exploration or bring you back to the starting point of the tour.

Vilnius: City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

7. Vilnius: City Bike Tour of Vilnius Highlights

Hop on a bike and explore the beautiful town of Vilnius with a guide. On this bike tour, learn about the history of Vilnius, ride down Gedimino Avenue from the Old Town to Zverynas District, and get that perfect photo from the Subaciaus observation deck. Meet your guide in the Old Town and pick up your helmet and bike. Follow the winding streets of Vilnius' Old Town, pausing to admire the many famous sights in this Unesco World Heritage area. As you bike, learn about Vilnius' fascinating history, from its medieval era triumphs to the 20th-century occupations and its successful fight for independence. As you bike down Gedimino Avenue, the main street of Vilnius, you can see how the city has grown. Before arriving in the Zverynas district, enjoy a break on the Cathedral Square near the stunning Gedimino Tower. Continue to the Subaciaus observation deck, admire the Old Town's beautiful architecture, and snap the perfect picture of Paupys and Uzupis.

Trakai: Hot Air Balloon Ride

8. Trakai: Hot Air Balloon Ride

A hot air balloon flight with one of the most experienced pilots in Baltic States (Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, English and Spanish language tours) Vilnius is the only capital city in Europe where you can fly a hot air balloon in. Explore not only the city but also the nature arround the city We offer to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. The whole process would take about 4 hours. The flight would be 1 hour long. After the landing there is a traditional complimentary champagne with the pilot. Join us for this unique experience!

From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

9. 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: Road Trip to Riga

10. Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

Start your trip from Vilnius Town Hall Square. Sit back and enjoy a comfortable ride to your first sightseeing stop: the Hill of Crosses. Continue your trip in Latvia with a visit to Rundale Palace, one of the most stunning Baroque treasures in Latvia. Explore this brightly-colored building surrounded by an extensive and splendid garden. Enjoy a break at Bauska Castle, an impressive example of military architecture. End your trip at Riga Town Hall in Latvia.

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(810 reviews)

Easy to find meeting point + comfortable shuttle bus. Audio during the trip was very interesting, made the trip like it was not too long (45 min. ride to Trakai but audio was like 30 min.). We had 2 hours something to visit the castle and the city which was enough unless you go and eat lunch too. We didn’t go for lunch but we went and grabbed a coffee and tea first, bought souvenirs, visited the castle and walked around the city and we had enough time! We had to pay an extra 10 eur per person for the castle entrance but it was worth it! I recommend this activity.

I would never have known all the stories of Jewish Vilnius without Kristina's stories. so many of the physical places are gone or completely changed but Kristina helped me to see the stories and think about what life was like for Jews in Vilnius.

Urata the guide was knowledgeable & helpful. She's kind, courteous & amiable.

Fun and short trip. Worth doing if you have a few hours to spare in Vilnius!

My wife really enjoyed the activity! Highly recommended!