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2 hr walking tour of Jewish Vilnius

  • Walk Vilnius’ former Jewish quarter, and gain a better understanding for the area
  • A guide tells you about the history of the city, especially during WWII
  • See Choral Synagogue of Vilnius, the only active synagogue in Lithuania’s capital
2 hr walking tour of Jewish Vilnius
From US$11.55
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2 hr walking tour of Jewish Vilnius
From US$11.55
If you don’t know the history behind the Jewish quarter of Lithuania’s capital city, you could miss out on a lot while exploring on your own. Opt instead to travel with a guide during this Vilnius Jewish cultural tour, and listen to stories from WWII. Walk on foot through the former Jewish quarter, and gain a better understanding for the significance of this area.
What to Expect

Step back in time in 2 hour tour to listen to the stories of “Jerusalem of Lithuania” and Litvaks. Our guides will help you to find the traces of the Jewish history in the Old city of Vilna. Walking around the Big and Small ghettos you will discover the signs of the community which was wiped out from the city during WWII.

Meet our guide in front of the Town Hall to start your acquaintance with the Jewish history in Lithuania. You will begin the tour with visiting the Small Jewish Ghetto and the first three streets appointed to the Jews in the 16th c. Learn about Mark Antokolsky, a famous Jewish/Russian sculptor and why he has two birth places. Get to the stunning heart of the Old City. Today only the names of the streets remind us about the original citizens. Find the place where the house of Gaon of Vilna once stood and take a look at his bust close by. A few steps from there you will find a Soviet building in the place where the Great Jewish synagogue once stood. See the pictures; hear the stories of that magnificent building that did not survive the WWII.
After this we will cross the German street to get to the Big Ghetto. Si hi to a Jewish doctor Tsemach Shabad and learn what book he inspired.
Now it is the time to get serious and talk more about the WWII and its horrible consequences to Jewish community. Visit the courtyard where Judenrat (Jewish council) worked and get some insights into the movie “Vilna Ghetto”.

After this we will take you to the spot from where you can see the best view of Choral synagogue, the only active synagogue in Vilnius which survived WWII. Learn more about the Jewish community in Lithuania today.

And last but not least, we will take you to the street where the original Yiddish names of the shops could be seen. The tour ends close to the Jewish information center.

Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 25 reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2018
Great tour and very easy to follow

The tour covered all the essentials and took us across old town, Uzupis Republic and some hidden corners with interesting facts about Soviet occupation and WW2. Some history of Lithuania also came included, but it was kept to the essentials and rather focused on anecdotes,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BerniRoig
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile
As a local I enjoyed the tour

I took this tour together with my friends from abroad and we all are happy about our choice. Milda explained not only about Jews in Vilnius but also shortly about Lithuania and Vilnius. I think that’s important, as well explanation of future plans for some...More

Thank auksepod
Reviewed 3 October 2018
Once in Vilna

The streets, houses, the faces of the old ... Monument to Gaon near the Grand Synagogue. The former place and the echo of the steps leading to the Paneriai

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank kotedi
Reviewed 29 September 2018
Wonderful guide for tour

Milda did a superb job explaining the history of the Jews in Vilnius, their daily lives in the city and the tragedy of World War II while we explored the remains of their ghetto and the monuments raised to many of them. Most informative to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Stefanaomi63
Reviewed 19 August 2018
Our Guide Milda did an excellent job

Milda showed us places which we wouldn't find without her hints. Everything was explained in very good understandable English pronunciation. Sometimes I wished prolongered moments at each of the sights or a little more respect to details along the way. Could have easily followed her...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ralph M
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