Welcome to Trakai


Most of the town stands on a 2km-long, north-pointing tongue of land between Lake Luka (east) and Lake Totoriškių (west). Lake Galvė opens out from the northern end of the peninsula and boasts 21 islands.

Gediminas probably made Trakai his capital in the 1320s and Kęstutis certainly based his 14th-century court here. Protected by the 82-sq-km Trakai Historical National Park, Trakai today is a quiet town, outside summer weekends.


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Trakai activities

$42.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Trakai Castle and Museum Tour

There are many beautiful lakes in the region. Visit Trakai Castle and Museum of the 15th century (in the middle of Lake Galve). It is the only insular castle throughout Eastern Europe - Island Castle is one of the most visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania. The visit is approximately 1 hour and you will have free time for shopping and relax.Trakai is also home to Karaites, a Turkish ethnic group practicing a religion akin to Judaism, who came to Lithuania from the Crimea in the 14th century as warriors for Grand Duke Vytautas. Today the country's smallest ethnic minority counts under 300 members.

$46.08 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group Sightseeing Tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle

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.

$55.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour to Trakai From Vilnius

Depart from your centrally located Vilnius hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle destined for Trakai. Relax during the 18-mile (29-km) journey to the island and admire stunning Lithuanian scenery as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the area. On arrival, head straight to the 15th-century Trakai Castle to explore Eastern Europe’s only island castle. Delight in the ancient majesty of one of Lithuania’s most popular attractions and hear of the fortress’s rich historical heritage as you enjoy a guided tour of the castle. Enrich your knowledge of Trakai’s cosmopolitan culture by learning of Karaites, a small Turkish ethnic group whose influence is evident in distinctive structures. Spend some leisurely time strolling the picturesque island resort and bid your guide farewell after drop-off at your Vilnius hotel.

$137.10 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Trakai from Vilnius

Are you ready for the most thrilling experience of Your life?Get on a 60-minute hot air balloon flight over the breathtaking area of Trakai. Take a look at this extremely famous castle from a different angle. The tour starts with a hotel pickup from Vilnius, meeting at the launch pad, then a safety briefing and a fun preparation for a take-off. Jump in the basket and plunge into one of the best experiences in your lifetime. Explore the undeniable beauty of Lithuania. Everyone who has ever flown in a hot air balloon says that it reminds them of the peaceful swimming through the air. The flight lasts for 60 minutes, so you will have plenty of time to set your excitement at ease, admire the views and take some pictures. Feel free to ask the team any questions you might have as you fly. In the end get prepared for a soft landing somewhere in the meadow, join the team packing a balloon and celebrate your baptism ceremony with the fire, ground and champagne. Long talks and excitement will follow before the team finally drops you back to the hotel. Your transportation, breathtaking hot air balloon experience and baptism ceremony are all included in this package.

$40.32 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Scenic Kayak Tour in Trakai

Trakai used to be a medieval residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. Once a significant and powerful town, nowadays Trakai is enjoying tranquillity. The town is located next to Vilnius (about 25 km) and surrounded by several beautiful lakes. The main attraction is the Island castle which was initiated by Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis in 14th century, finished and mostly used as a residence by his son Grand Duke Vytautas in the first half of 15th century. The picturesque Užutrakis manor house and park by French landscape architect Édouard François André is another must visit point on the shore of Lake Galvė. Trakai is also famous for its traditional Karaites community which was brought here from Crimea by Vytautas and settled here in the 15th century. All that and also ruins of the Peninsular castle, small islands and tranquillity of Lake Skaistis you will be able to see and experience while taking a kayak tour on the lakes around Trakai. The kayaking route takes you on 3 interconnected lakes. The distance is about 11/8/6 km which makes 3/2/1,5 hours of active paddling. The tour is safe and suitable for beginners. Swimming skills are essential and some paddling experience would be useful too (but not necessary). The lakes around Trakai are usually very calm. However the route can change depending on weather conditions.

$51.84 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Scenic Kayak Tour in Trakai from Vilnius

Trakai used to be a medieval residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. Once a significant and powerful town, nowadays Trakai is enjoying tranquillity. The town is located next to Vilnius  which is 15-miles  (about 25-km) surrounded by several beautiful lakes. The main attraction is the Island castle which was initiated by Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis in 14th century, finished and mostly used as a residence by his son Grand Duke Vytautas in the first half of 15th century. The picturesque Užutrakis manor house and park by French landscape architect Édouard François André is another must visit point on the shore of Lake Galvė. Trakai is also famous for its traditional Karaites community which was brought here from Crimea by Vytautas and settled here in the 15th century. All that and also ruins of the Peninsular castle, small islands and tranquillity of Lake Skaistis you will be able to see and experience while taking a kayak tour on the lakes around Trakai. The kayaking route takes you on 3 interconnected lakes. The distance is about 11/8 km which makes 3/2-hours of active paddling. The tour is safe and suitable for beginners. Swimming skills are essential and some paddling experience would be useful too (but not necessary). The lakes around Trakai are usually very calm. However we can change our route depending on weather conditions.

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