During the congress, Vilnius City Tour reservation stand will be arranged in the Congress reception area. Vilnius city tours as well as tours to the places of interest around the capital will be presented and could be booked on the spot.

All information about conference tours will be presented in a few days!

30 August, 2016
Excursion  to ancient Lithuanian capitals – Trakai and Kernavė!

Firstly you 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. Visit Trakai History Museum and Island Castle – the objects representing Lithuanian culture and history. Since 1962 in Trakai Island Castle central chamber is situated Trakai History Museum and its expositions, which reflect the history Trakai town, Trakai castles and Trakai land. In the western casemates of Trakai Island castle since 1992 there operate 16 exposition halls, where one can find art and craft showpieces: collections of furniture, pipes, stamps, clocks, China blue and glass, hunting salvages. In 2005 May there was opened a Sacral Art exposition in Dominic Chapel. The exposition displays liturgical things, crockery, apparels, altar tackle, and art objects of religious plot. In 1967 a Karaim Ethnographic exhibition was set in Trakai History Museum. In 1997 this exposition was renewed and now it introduces the visitors to the history, traditions, home and customs of Karaim nation. This exhibition is the only which reflects the nation that was brought to Lithuania from Crimea by Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas the Great in 1392-1397.

After excursion you will have free time for lunch. We strongly recommend to taste Karaim traditional dish – kibinai.

After lunch excursion proceeds and you will drive to Kernavė. Kernavė is an area of unique archaeological and historical value. In 2004 the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus recognizing the importance of the area according to two value criteria for UNESCO heritage sites: Criterion (iii): The archaeological site of Kernavė presents an exceptional testimony to the evolution of human settlements in the Baltic region in Europe over the period of some 10 millennia. The site has exceptional evidence of the contact of Pagan and Christian funeral traditions; Criterion (iv): The settlement patterns and the impressive hill-forts represent outstanding examples of the development of such types of structures and the history of their use in the pre-Christian era. Reconstructed modern Kernavė Archaeology and History Museum was opened in 2012. Here is set an exhibition which presents the spectacular archaeological finds of Kernavė site. During excursion you will visit and will be able to climb on 5 hill-forts, enjoy superb view and find out how amazing Lithuanian nature is.

Full information about this tour will be presented in the second part of September.