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From Riga: Road Trip to Vilnius with Sightseeing Stops

1. From Riga: Road Trip to Vilnius with Sightseeing Stops

Discover the highlights between Riga to Vilnius with this ticket. Travel from the heart of Riga through south Latvia and north Lithuania on your way to Vilnius. Make some stops at well-known landmarks on the route.  Be picked by your guide from the meeting point in Riga and sit back and relax as the Latvian countryside passes by on the way to the Bauska Castle complex. Snap pictures of this romantic castle that is situated on a narrow green peninsula and surrounded by two rivers. Continue to the Baroque Rundale Palace. View this classic 18th-century palace before heading to one of the most sacred and spiritual places in Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses. Admire this site of pilgrimage where thousands of crosses have been left over the past 200 years.  Finish your tour at Katedros aikštė (Cathedral square) in Vilnius. Use your complimentary guidebook to help you get around the city. 

From Riga: The Hill of Crosses Private Guided Tour

2. From Riga: The Hill of Crosses Private Guided Tour

After meeting and greetings in the hotel, driving to the Lithuania about 130 km to visit Hill of Crosses. After crossing Latvia -Lithuania border, possibility for coffee break. More 30 km and destination reached. The Hill of Crosses is a potent symbol of faith, hope, and freedom of Lithuania. Desecrated but never destroyed, set on fire but never burned down. Located near town Siauliai it is a hill (castle mound) covered with thousands of crosses made from different materials and in different size. During the Soviet era, these crosses were removed by the authorities, but locals continuously replaced them. In 1993, Pope John Paul II had a service here. He later sent a crucifix to Lithuania which was placed on the hill, and today pilgrims begin and end their journeys at this location. For locals and visitors alike, this is a place of hope and enlightenment, reflecting Lithuania’s historical and cultural traditions. On the Hill of the Crosses, everyone can place their own cross for every occasion in life. The main thing is to believe! About 30-40 minutes for photos and walking around. Specially beautiful and emotional in the time of sunrise and sunset.

Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

3. Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

Start your trip from Vilnius Town Hall Square. Sit back and enjoy a comfortable ride to your first sightseeing stop: the Hill of Crosses. Continue your trip in Latvia with a visit to Rundale Palace, one of the most stunning Baroque treasures in Latvia. Explore this brightly-colored building surrounded by an extensive and splendid garden. Enjoy a break at Bauska Castle, an impressive example of military architecture. End your trip at Riga Town Hall in Latvia.

The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

4. The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

This full-day tour starts at 09.00 AM when you’re picked up at your centrally located Vilnius Hotel. After about an hour’s drive you’ll reach the Ukmergė District, stopping at a park established to remember those who fought against the Soviet regime. You’ll see crosses dedicated to the partisans, to the most important dates of Lithuanian history and to famous individuals, such as Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan. Learn about the symbolism of the cross in Lithuanian culture and history. Continue to the Siauliai area, where you’ll visit the Hill of Crosses, one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Lithuania. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and taste traditional Lithuanian dishes. After lunch you’ll head back to Vilnius arriving at around 5:00-6:00 PM.

From Riga: Hill of Crosses, Bauska & Rundale Full-Day Tour

5. From Riga: Hill of Crosses, Bauska & Rundale Full-Day Tour

Step into a captivating journey through the heart of the Baltics, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge to create an unforgettable experience. Our unique day tour is designed to immerse you in the rich tapestry of this region, offering a blend of faith, opulence, and medieval tales that will leave you awestruck. Itinerary: 1. The Hill of Crosses - A Testament of Faith and Devotion Our adventure commences at the awe-inspiring Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, a place where the landscape itself tells stories of unwavering faith and profound devotion. As you stand amidst countless crosses of all sizes and designs, each representing a heartfelt prayer or wish, you'll be moved by the spiritual energy that envelops this sacred site. The history and significance of the Hill of Crosses will unfold before you, providing a deep understanding of the enduring faith that has drawn pilgrims here for centuries. During the tour, you'll have the flexibility to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, either before or after exploring the enchanting Rundale Palace. If you choose to skip lunch, don't worry; we'll still have plenty of time to include an additional visit to Bauska Castle on our return journey to Riga. 2. Rundale Palace - A Journey into Extravagance Next, we'll transport you to Rundale Palace, a Baroque masterpiece that embodies opulence and grandeur. Step into a bygone era as you explore the palace's ornate halls adorned with stucco work, gilded carvings, and intricate frescoes. You'll feel like royalty as you traverse the opulent chambers, marveling at the exquisite craftsmanship that surrounds you. The palace's immaculate gardens, resplendent with vibrant blooms, provide a serene escape, inviting you to take leisurely strolls and relish the regal atmosphere. 3. Bauska Castle - Where Medieval Tales Come to Life Our journey through time continues as we arrive at Bauska Castle, a medieval stronghold that resonates with the echoes of knights, duchesses, and historic intrigue. Explore the castle's towers, walk the same halls as nobility once did, and let your imagination wander amidst the ancient walls. The stories of medieval life and feudal lords will unfold, offering a vivid glimpse into the past. The lush park surrounding the castle, adorned with exotic plants and trees from around the world, provides a tranquil setting to reflect on the historical richness of this remarkable site. Conclusion: As our day tour draws to a close, you'll find yourself not only enriched with the history and culture of the Baltics but also with a sense of awe for the beauty that defines this region. Our journey ends with your return back, leaving you perfectly situated to explore more of the charming surroundings or simply bask in the memories of a day filled with faith, opulence, and medieval tales. Join us on this unique adventure, where the past comes alive, and the present is enriched with the treasures of the Baltics.

Hill of Crosses and Siauliai Tour

6. Hill of Crosses and Siauliai Tour

Starting from Vilnius the tour will take you to the north of Lithuania where you will find Siauliai city and the famous Hill of Crosses. Siauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania.   During the drive through the center, there will be a chance to see the famous Frenkel Villa, Church of St. Peter and Paul and meet the Millenium Fox and Golden Archer of the Sundial.  The famous Hill of Crosses will be your next stop, where the Pope John Paul II held the most highly attended mass in our country – during his visit to Lithuania in 1993. This old mound from the days of the crusaders has been decorated with thousands of crosses in every imaginable size and form. This has always been, as it is now, a place of pilgrimage. Today a veritable sea of crosses – hundreds of thousands of them – serves as a monument to Lithuanians’ devotion to their religion. You will learn about the cross making craft - one of the most unique Lithuanian crafts, included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. After the visit in the Hill of Crosses, it is possible to stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant before making your way back to the capital city, Vilnius.

Group tour to Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace, Bauska Castle

7. Group tour to Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace, Bauska Castle

Experience a full-day journey from Riga to the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, a destination renowned for its remarkable ambiance. Immerse yourself in a place where gratitude, wishes, dreams, and hopes intertwine, shaping the magic of this hill, reminiscent of the serene atmosphere of the Western Wall of Jerusalem. Upon crossing the border between Latvia and Lithuania, seize the opportunity for a photo session. At the Hill of Crosses, your guide will unravel the history behind this unique site, offering insights into its origins and significance. Next, we'll embark on a visit to the renowned Rundāles Palace, the epitome of Baroque architecture in Latvia. Here, travelers will have the opportunity to explore the palace on a guided tour. Revel in the splendor of this majestic palace without the hassle of queues, and take ample time to immerse yourself in its opulent interiors and sprawling gardens. Continuing our journey, we'll discover the charm of Bauska Castle, where you'll have the chance to ascend the recently renovated tower and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. During this tour, you will be provided with excellent places to have lunch with local cuisine.

From Riga: Trip to the Hill of Crosses & a Charmed Jelgava

8. From Riga: Trip to the Hill of Crosses & a Charmed Jelgava

Take a day tour from Riga to the Hill of Crosses, the famous Jurgaiciai Hill, located 12 km north of Siauliai. This authentic monument of history and religious folk art is the best repository of Lithuanian cross-making art and inspires with its peace, spirituality, authenticity, and sacred nature. The legendary stories about the beginning of the Hill are interesting as well. After crossing the border between Latvia and Lithuania you will be offered to stop for a photo session. At the Hill of the Crosses, the guide will tell you the history of this unique place and how it came to be. On the way back, we recommend passing through the local town of Jelgava. This is a unique opportunity to compare the locals' lives in the capital and a small town. Additionally, during this tour, you will be provided with excellent places to have lunch with local cuisine.

Siauliai 2-Hour Private Tour to Hill of Crosses

9. Siauliai 2-Hour Private Tour to Hill of Crosses

Starting from any location in Siauliai, you will be collected and driven to the famous Hill of Crosses. Explore this striking religious site and see more than 200,000 crosses, crucifixes, statues of the Virgin Mary, tiny effigies, rosaries and carvings of Lithuanian patriots that have been brought to the hill by Catholic pilgrims.  Enjoy a small group experience and the knowledge of your local, English-speaking guide.

Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

10. Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

Enjoy a complimentary hotel pick-up and transfer from your centrally located Vilnius hotel or accommodation to Riga through the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and Rundale palace in Latvia, with a possible stop at Bauska castle in Latvia. The drive to the Hill of Crosses will be about 2.5 hours from Vilnius. The Hill of Crosses has about 100,000 crosses and is an historical architectural monument and a unique composition of folk art. It is said that first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The Hill of crosses attracts people with its spirituality, authenticity, and sacred nature and was visited by Pope John Paul II. After exploring this site, you will head to Rundale Palace, which is an approximately 40-minute drive. Rundale Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia. In 1735 Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron bought land in Rundale with an old medieval castle in the territory of a planned summer residence. The old castle was demolished and construction after the design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli started in 1736. Your drive to Riga after your visit to the palace is approximately 1 hour.

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Qe had a beautiful day with a very nice and open guide. He told us a lot of interesting stories about Latvia and the places we visited. I enjoyed very much our visit to Rundale Palace. It is a beautiful place. our guide there was very experienced and had a good sense of humour. It must be even better in summer when the garden is at it prettiest. I highly recommend this tour.

Great guide, very knowledgeable. It’s a two hour drive from Riga so 5 adults in a saloon car was a bit cramped but totally manageable. Spent about an hour there which was plenty. So glad we made the journey - not a religious person at all, but appreciated the significance of the site. Very thought provoking.

Armands was a very good guide and entertained us! We had a very good time!! but I think it would be better if it was a little cheaper because We just went and back to only the hill of the cross.

Our driver & guide, Adam, was an interesting and informative guide, as well as being a genuinely nice guy. We had a fascinating day from Vilnius & Adam even found vegan food for me! Brilliant!

The guide was very friendly and tried his best to make us feel good throughout the tour.