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Explore the world famous attractions en route on this Vilnius to Riga private tour. The Baltic road trip will take you to the small and grey Jurgaiciai (Domantai) hillock, located in the North of Lithuania, which houses the thousands of crosses of every shape and size and has became the symbol of hope and persistence. The Rundale Palace built in the eighteenth century as a summer residence of the Duke of Courland will be another break of the Vilnius to Riga tour. This bright style building surrounded by the extensive and splendid garden is often referred to as the Versailles of Latvia and is a well worth visiting. Before reaching your destination, you’ll make a stopover at the Bauska Castle complex, consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle an a newer palace.
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.
Very prompt pickup and smooth ride from Vilnius to Riga and able to visit the Hill of Crosses without hassle on public transport and walking in cold. Rundale Palace also nice and not many tourists due to low season, but both Cafe and Restaurants not opened and no other time to eat lunch at all.
Felt a bit rush at Bauska Palace and even though castle was closed for renovations, not able to take exterior view since the visit was rush.
Overall good trip and saved a lot of trouble on visiting the spots that locate middle of nowhere between the 2 capitals
Our guide Domas was very pleasant and knowledgeable without being overbearing. We had a very nice day, but a very long day. We did not realize it was such a long ride to Riga and, in fact, had to cancel on Bauska Castle as it was getting so late in the day. As it was, we did not gat to Riga till after dark. Nevertheless, we were very pleased with the visit to Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace, both moving experiences.
well worth the money
We were planning to travel from Vilnius to Riga, when we saw this tour, and thought “why not”, so glad we did. Pick us was smooth, and our driver was pleasant and professional. The van that picked us up was new and clean, water was offered, and there were plugs for our phones.
The trip was long, but broken up with stops, lunch, bathroom breaks,
The Hill of Crosses is a must-see, and listing to the history is amazing.
Our hotel was in the old city, and our driver dropped us off at the corner
We loved this private car tour. The tour says it gets into Riga about 6p, but we wanted to get to Riga earlier. The driver/company said it was up to us how long we wanted to spend at each location. This worked out perfect. We were on our own time. The Hills of Crosses was an experience. Rundale Palace was amazing and Bauska Castle was interesting. We had lunch at Rundale Palace, which took forever to get food in the cafe, but the food was good. We got to Riga little before 5p.
Ruta was a great guide during our trip and visit to different places on our way from Vilnius tot Riga! She
gave passionately and professionally explanations and was a very friendly young lady! Highly
recommended! Thx! Greetings from Belgium!