Guided small-group kayak tour in Trakai is a perfect combination of nature, history and paddling on some of the most picturesque lakes of Lithuania. Island Castle, Užutrakis Manor and the best kept secrets on and off the beaten path.
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 (morning tour) or 8 (sunset tour) km which makes 2-3 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.
Experienced local guide
Equipment (tandem touring kayaks including ruder, life vests, dry bags, and spray decks to keep you warm and dry)
Picnic lunch on the island (5 hr tour only) or coffee/tea + cake (4 hr tour only)
Transfers from / to Vilnius incl. hotel pickup/drop-off
Photos taken by guide will be sent afterwards