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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.
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.
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.
We were picked up at our hotel in Vilnius on time. Our group size only 3; my wife & I were joined by a lady. Our driver (Andrea’s?) was first class. He was most knowledgeable, telling us not only about the sites we visited but also sharing personal Lithuanian ways of life. We were given sufficient personal time at each site we visited. Approaching Riga he spoke with our apartment owner in Riga and reaffirmed our apartment address and time of arrival. We were very grateful & were dropped off at our apartment on time. A most interesting & well organised day. Many thanks
Me and my father travelling from Vilnius to Riga on this tour. Andrius our guide arrived at our hotel in his car and advised that the other 2 people due to go on the tour had cancelled last minute (min 4 people needed), however he would still take us as we booked so far in advance. It was great. Yes we didn’t get to experience the minivan/bus but it was fantastic that Andrius drove us to Riga and we had a personal commentary along the way. He was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The hill of crosses in particular Really impressed us and the palace and castle were very impressive. Highly recommended and very thankful!
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.