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This sightseeing day tour lets you discover most significant places on the way from Vilnius to Riga. The trip include visiting of a unique ensemble of Lithuanian folk art – The Hill of Crosses; one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia – The Rundale palace and Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by a picturesque scenery. This tour starts at Vilnius and finish at Riga. The perfect decision who has not a lot of time and want to have a sightseeing tour.
Vilnius centrally located hotel, apartments, etc.
Riga centrally located hotel, apartments, etc.
On Monday (off season) Bauska Castle is closed.
The tour starts at 8:00 in the morning with more than two hours drive to Siauliai area. There take an excursion to a unique ensemble of folk art with more than 200 000 various size and materials crosses standing on Jurgaiciai – Domantai mound. During the visit to The Hill of Crosses you will learn more about the legendary stories why the Hill appeared.
Lunch at the local restaurant.
About two hours is reserved to explore Rundale Palace, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia, which sometimes is called as ‘The Versailles of Latvia’. Rundāle Palace is built in the mid 18th-Century by the Russian court architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, it was the summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The two-story castle contains 138 elaborate rooms, a lovely French garden and a museum dedicated to the history of Latvia.
Visiting Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by a picturesque scenery and represents an example of military architecture (XV – XVII century). The Castle consists of two parts: the fortress built especially for the use of firearms and residential castle fortified with bastions, protective walls and earthen ramparts. Inside the Castle there is a small museum with the artifacts of Latvian cultural and social life.
Transfer to Riga and drop off at your hotel/apartments or other central place.
The tour helps to save time by covering attractions that are far from the city centre while transiting from Vilnius to Riga. The door-to-door pick up service was convenient and saves the hassle of having to find an assembly point while dragging your luggage. The attractions covered are scenic and guide is friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend for travellers who are visiting both Vilnius and Riga.
It was an amazing experience. Highly recommended tour for people having limited time exploring the Baltic states as the tour takes you to the 3 important sites between Vilnius and Riga, Hill of the Cross in Lithuania, Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle in Latvia, in just one day. Definitely worth of money and time. Instead of travelling by plane, I recommend anyone to take this tour because with the private van you can save time by going from Vilnius to Riga and visiting 3 sites in just one day. We had more than enough time to explore each site and thanks to the longer summer hours, too. We were a party of 3 people but I think this private tour can accommodate up to 6 persons in our van. Inga, is an excellent driver and amazing tour guide. She is friendly, patient and knowledgeable. She shared lots of history in the region which we enjoyed so much. Things we read in the internet are different from the information we learned from someone locally. I would recommend this tour to everyone visiting the Baltic for the first time and I would recommend Inga as your tour guide.
A bit expensive in my opinion but as it’s cold winter, and for the convenience sake, the tour was good. The guide was very humorous and knowledgeable in the history of those places! I fell in love with Lithuania more and more.