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.
Prior to the departure time (emailed 1 day before the tour starts)
On Monday (off season) Bauska Castle is closed.
The tour runs if min of 3 persons are going. If the min group size is not met you will get an alternative date, private tour (for extra fee) or full refund.
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.
Booked a transfer tour from Vilnius to Riga that took in the Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle along the way. Great way to spend the day if youre transiting from Vilnius to Riga, much more economical to see the Hill of Crosses along the way rather than to make a to and fro journey from Vilnius. Emails and queries were always promptly responded to, on the day itself, was picked up from my accommodation in a Mercedes minivan. Very comfortable ride, dropped off at the accommodation in Riga.
My friend and I decided to use Discover Lithuania for airport pick up and also to drive us from Vilnius to Riga in order to take advantage of seeing more sights in both countries. We were very pleased with their service on both accounts.
Andres, our driver both times was timely in picking us up at the airport and providing us with some off the track restaurant options. We spent 3 nights in Vilnius before he again picked us up to drive us and another traveler, Justin from Taiwan, to Riga.
Along the way to Riga we were able to stop and explore 3 interesting and historic sights. Entrance fees were included in the transport cost. We also did a lunch stop along the way (lunch cost not included but was not expensive), before we arrived in Riga for door to door service.
I would very highly recommend this drive as you will have the opportunity to see more than just taking a bus or train from city to city. We really were very happy with the whole day.