Vilnius
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  • Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

    1. Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

    On this Jewish heritage tour, learn about the lives and history of the Jews in Vilnius. Enjoy a rich introduction to Vilnius' Jewish past with a local guide in either a small group or a private tour. Meet your local guide to set out towards the heart of Vilnius. Walkthrough the old town for an introduction to the city's Jewish history. At Vilnius Synagogue learn about the history of the Jews in Lithuania before and after WWII. Discuss with your guide the unspoken prohibition of Jewish religious life and constant supervision by the Soviet state security authority. See how the synagogue remained the heart of the city’s Jewish life. From the synagogue, continue with your guide to the Jewish Information Center and see an impressive collection of Jewish history in Vilnius. Afterward, head to the memorials of Vilna Gaon and Jacob Gens. Hear about their very memorable personalities. Stroll t...

  • Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

    2. 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 the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

    A great way of exploring Vilnius and finding the hidden gems (even for the local people). Our guide Ugne was full of knowledge about the city and its history. We had an amazing time!

  • The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

    3. 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.

    Our guide was really nice, funny and was making sure all the time that we are okay and we have what we need.

  • Vilnius: Private Paneriai Park, Trakai Castle, Kernavė Tour

    4. Vilnius: Private Paneriai Park, Trakai Castle, Kernavė Tour

    After pick-up from accommodation in Vilnius start the tour with Paneriai memorial park, where thousands of Lithuanian Jews were killed. Learn about the Paneriai or Ponary massacre where up to 100,000 people were murdered by German SD, SS and Lithuanian Nazi collaborators during World War II. After the tour of the park visit Trakai castle, once a major centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and where today you can see one of Europe's most beautiful castles on the island in the lake. Here you will have the chance to have lunch in a traditional Karaim restaurant or enjoy a boat trip around the lake. After Trakai visit the first capital of Lithuania, Kernavė. Kernavė is highly significant in Lithuanian history and boasts five hill forts and historic churches. A Lithuanian state cultural reserve was established in Kernavė in 1989 and it was in 2004 that Kernavė Archaeological Site was incl...

  • Local Guide of Vilnius Nightlife

    5. Local Guide of Vilnius Nightlife

    Looking for something unusual and interesting? Do not miss the opportunity to see Vilnius at night! If you have already seen places of interest in the daytime, you will receive a very different impression of Vilnius at night. Brightly illuminated streets, squares, majestic buildings of Vilnius will create a pleasant environment for an evening walk. Do you want to know where to find the most delicious food, drinks, clubs? Also, You want to know where is the cheapest taxi or the best hotels of Vilnius? You guide will give You some advice! We will introduce you to the most interesting places of Vilnius. You will spend your time with a responsible person who will be with you as long as you want.

  • Vilnius, Trakai and Kernave Private Full-Day Tour

    6. Vilnius, Trakai and Kernave Private Full-Day Tour

    Once you are picked up by your guide at your accommodation, you will head to Gediminas tower in Vilnius to take a look at the Old Town of Vilnius. Later you will take a stroll in the Old Town. Then you will head to Kernave, the first Lithuanian capital, located 40 minutes drive from Vilnius. On the way it is possible to visit the Cognitive Walkway of Dukstos Oak-Wood. Upon reaching Kernave (a medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today a tourist attraction and an archaeological site) you will explore 5 hill forts, archaeology museum and hand-made souvenirs shop. Afterwards you will head to Trakai, with possible stops at view-point of Neris river-bank or Uztrakis mansion. Trakai prides a magical castle, located on an island. You will be able to visit castle museum, to take a boat trip (additional charge), and have lunch in traditional restaurant owned by the Karaim family...

    We took the tour on September 25th. The guide was really nice and gave us a lot of info as well as tips. The trip was worth it and he really adapted the rythme to us.

  • Vilnius: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Trakai

    7. 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...

    Our tour guide (Agnes) was absolutely amazing! She was super nice and knowledgeable about the history of Trakai. She provided a very delightful tour that I would recommend to anyone Vilnius.

  • Paneriai Holocaust Site, Trakai Castle & Rumsiskes Day Tour

    8. Paneriai Holocaust Site, Trakai Castle & Rumsiskes Day Tour

    During this day tour you will be able to explore the most interesting sites located in the surrounds of Vilnius. After pick-up from your hotel, the tour will start at Paneriai memorial park, where thousands of Jews from Wilna were killed. The Paneriai or Ponary massacre was a 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, the group will head to the second capital of Lithuania, where today you can see the most beautiful castle in Europe, Trakai Castle, located on an island in the lake. Here you can have the lunch in a traditional Karaim restaurant, or take a boat trip around the lake. After Trakai, the group will head to one of the larges...

  • From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

    9. From Vilnius: Trakai Castle and Paneriai Memorial Tour

    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.

    Our guide Andres was very knowledgeable, friendly and polite. He explained in detail about the Lithuanian history. Paneriai Memorial is very impressive and Trakai Castle is amazing.

  • From Vilnius: Kaunas, Trakai and Paneriai Forest

    10. 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...

    Because of the flexible itinerary it was possible to adapt the sights to the number of expected traffic for festivities in Kaunas. Starting with sad history of the Nazi regime killing about 100000 people from Vilnius and just burying the remains in the Paneriai Forest. With the good weather we continued to Kaunas to see many of its churches, the little fortress walking around most of the time. When we finally got to Trakai Castle I learnt about the way of defending the different parts of the castle, how the islands were connected by bridges and what else to do in Trakai. I highly recommend this tour.

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What people are saying about Vilnius

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 300 reviews

A great way of exploring Vilnius and finding the hidden gems (even for the local people). Our guide Ugne was full of knowledge about the city and its history. We had an amazing time!

We took the tour on September 25th. The guide was really nice and gave us a lot of info as well as tips. The trip was worth it and he really adapted the rythme to us.

Very informative and interesting tour, we've visited places that we would never visit alone. Thank you, Ugnė!

Our guide was really nice, funny and was making sure all the time that we are okay and we have what we need.

Everything was perfectly organized and we had the opportunity to learn every detail as regards the sights!