Trakai Insular Castle3

TRAKAI – HISTORICAL CAPITAL OF ANCIENT LITHUANIA

Date: Tuesday 30 August; Sunday 04 September 2016
Duration: 7 h
Transport: Coach, walking, boat
Departure: 9:30 AM, Daukantas (Presidential) square in front of Vilnius University
Cost per person: 65 Eur
Minimal number of people: This tour operates with a minimum of 12

Firstly we will drive to Trakai – the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. This town, famous for its picturesque landscape and the legendary Trakai Castle, was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political centre, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania. The tour will take you to explore the remains of a peninsular castle and Aukų Hillfort, which according to the legend was a place for pagan rites and sacrifices to the gods. Later on, we will visit Dominican Friary with its famous Sacral Art exposition, which displays liturgical things, crockery, apparels, altar tackle, and art objects of religious plot.

Afterwards we will visit the most famous site of Trakai – the 14-15th century Island Castle that is known as a defensive architectural masterpiece and the only island castle in the entire Eastern Europe. The castle has many exhibition halls where one can find prehistoric artefacts, medieval treasures, 17–18th century applied arts and also displays the history, traditions, home and customs of Karaim nation, the nation that was brought to Lithuania from Crimea by Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas the Great in 1392-1397.The tour will continue with a trip to the lake in a catamaran to the restaurant „Kybynlar“, established by a Karaite family of Trakai. After lunch and free time the final destination of the tour will be Užutrakis Manor and Park, designed by the famous French landscape designer Edouard Francois Andre.

Itinerary:

  • Trakai peninsular castle
  • Aukų Hillfort
  • Dominican friary
  • Trakai Insular Castle
  • Lunch in „Kybynlar“ restaurant
  • Užutrakis Manor and Park