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Explore the world famous attractions en route on this Vilnius to Riga tour. This 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.
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!
goede tour guide, zowel erg goede gids als een goede chauffeur.
Er werd interessante informatie gegeven in een goede verhaal vorm, waardoor de tour ook zeker niet
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.