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The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

1. 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: Rundale Palace & Hill of Crosses Private Day Trip

2. From Riga: Rundale Palace & Hill of Crosses Private Day Trip

The driver will pick you up from your address in Riga and firstly will take you to Bauska, where Rundale Palace is located (around 1 hour drive). There you will meet the local guide, who will lead you through the Palace and tell you a lot of interesting stories of the place. After the tour you will have some time to marvel the beautiful French Gardens of Rundale Palace. After you will have another hour drive, which will take you to Lithuania and to one of countries main highlights - the Hill of crosses. The Hill of crosses is a place near Šiauliai city, with hundreds of thousands of crosses, brought by people from all over the world. There you will have time to walk, explore and hear the unforgettable sound of crosses, which are making the music if there is a little wind. Hill of crosses is one of the few highlights in Lithuania, included into the Unesco World heritage list. Back to Riga in the afternoon.

Siauliai 2-Hour Private Tour to Hill of Crosses

3. 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.

From Vilnius: Private Transfer to Riga with 2 Tour Stops

4. From Vilnius: Private Transfer to Riga with 2 Tour Stops

The driver will pick you up from your address in Vilnius and bring you to the address in Riga, on the way taking you to visit two highlights: Hill of crosses in Lithuania and Rundale Palace in Latvia. Hill of crosses is located around 2 hours drive from Vilnius, not far from the Latvian border, and there you will have some free time to explore this unique place by yourself. Hill of crosses is one of the sights in Lithuania, included into the Unesco World heritage list and has hundred of thousands of crosses, brought by people from all over the world. Continuing to Bauska, where Rundale Palace is located - it takes another hour drive. There you will be met by the guide, who will make you a private tour in the Palace and get you acquainted with its history and interesting stories. After the tour you will continue to Riga and arrive to your address in the late afternoon.

1-Day Pilgrim Tour from Vilnius

5. 1-Day Pilgrim Tour from Vilnius

The journey will start with a pick-up from your centrally located hotel. Then, drive to the pilgrim shrine of Siluva town, where The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared four centuries ago.  Here, visit the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is one the finest examples of late Baroque architecture in Lithuania and famous by miraculous altar painting. Another sightseeing spot - The Chapel of Apparition marks the exact place of the apparition – its altar is constructed upon the same rock where, according to tradition, the Marian apparition took place. Then the trip continues to Tytuvėnai’s Church of Our Lady of the Angels and the Bernardine monastery complex, which is one of Lithuania’s largest and most important religious architecture ensembles from the 17th and 18th-centuries. The ensemble consists of a church, a courtyard with the Holy Steps Chapel, and the stone wall of a two-story monastery. The main altar of the church features a famous and beautiful painting of the Mother of God and her Child. Last but definitely not the least stop is at The Hill of Crosses -  a mysterious and authentic monument to the suffering, endurance and love of Lithuanians for their freedom, both political and spiritual. After this, the tour ends and you will return to Vilnius.

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What people are saying about Siauliai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 58 reviews

I only booked this tour very last minute as my balloon ride was canceled and honestly wasn’t expecting much…I was wrong. The tour guide was extremely well informed and I learned a lot about Lithuanian history. The crosses in the partisan woods were interesting and the setting was stunning. While I am not a religious person, seeing the hill with 250 000 (!) crosses was still moving to me. I don’t think I‘d ever really understood people‘s desperation and hope in those days before independence. Highly recommended.

Simas was a great guide for the Hill of Crosses. He gave great insight into the history of the site and of Šiauliai itself. I would definitely recommend you to take this guided trip if you are unfamiliar with the area. It's a great way to gain knowledge of the place while also exploring the site by yourself, with easy transport between the city to the Hill of Crosses and back.

Simon was a great guide, he explained all about the crosses, and his English is fantastic. He was very accommodating and picked me up from the bus station at the agreed time. He also dropped me off in the town at the end, and showed me some things to do while I waited for the train. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

It was a very nice tour with a dedicated and very nice guide! The Hill of Crosses is very impressive! Even if the journey from Vilnius is quite far, it was worth it!

very good experience, Andrei is an attentive guide, we had a very good day, very enriching, I recommend