Welcome to Trakai

With its red-brick, fairy-tale castle, Karaites culture, quaint wooden houses and pretty lakeside location, Trakai is a must-see just 28km from the capital.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... Read More

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$39.97 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.

$54.81 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.

$39.97 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. Half 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.

$135.89 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Trakai from Vilnius

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 the joyful preparation for take-off. Jump into 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 peacefully 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 beneath and around you and take some pictures as you enjoy the tranquility. Feel free to ask the team any questions you might have as you fly. Be prepared for a soft landing somewhere in a meadow at the end as the team packs up the balloon, celebrate being back on solid ground with a fire and some champagne. Long talks and excitement will follow before the team finally drop you back to your hotel. Your transportation, champagne and a breathtaking hot air balloon experience are all included in this package.

$17.13 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.

$39.97 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.