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From Riga: Road Trip to Vilnius with Sightseeing Stops

1. From Riga: Road Trip to Vilnius with Sightseeing Stops

Discover the highlights between Riga to Vilnius with this ticket. Travel from the heart of Riga through south Latvia and north Lithuania on your way to Vilnius. Make some stops at well-known landmarks on the route.  Be picked by your guide from the meeting point in Riga and sit back and relax as the Latvian countryside passes by on the way to the Bauska Castle complex. Snap pictures of this romantic castle that is situated on a narrow green peninsula and surrounded by two rivers. Continue to the Baroque Rundale Palace. View this classic 18th-century palace before heading to one of the most sacred and spiritual places in Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses. Admire this site of pilgrimage where thousands of crosses have been left over the past 200 years.  Finish your tour at Katedros aikštė (Cathedral square) in Vilnius. Use your complimentary guidebook to help you get around the city. 

From Riga: Bauska, Rundale and Jelgava Private Full-Day Trip

2. From Riga: Bauska, Rundale and Jelgava Private Full-Day Trip

Step back in time and experience the grandeur of the Baltics on our day tour. First, stop at Bauska Castle and learn about the rich history of the Livonian Order. Explore the castle's towers and walk the same halls as knights and duchesses. Next, prepare to be dazzled by the opulence of Rundale Palace, one of the most magnificent Baroque palaces in the Baltics. You'll feel like royalty as you walk through the grand halls, admiring the ornate stucco work and intricate frescoes. Take a stroll through the immaculate gardens, which bloom in vibrant colors all year round. And then as a bonus, visit Jelgava Palace, a stunning example of neoclassical architecture. Marvel at the palace's grandeur, which has been beautifully restored after being destroyed in a fire. Walk through the palace's lush park, which is home to exotic plants and trees from around the world. Join us on this journey through time and discover the unique history and beauty of the Baltics.

Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

3. Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

Start your trip from Vilnius Town Hall Square. Sit back and enjoy a comfortable ride to your first sightseeing stop: the Hill of Crosses. Continue your trip in Latvia with a visit to Rundale Palace, one of the most stunning Baroque treasures in Latvia. Explore this brightly-colored building surrounded by an extensive and splendid garden. Enjoy a break at Bauska Castle, an impressive example of military architecture. End your trip at Riga Town Hall in Latvia.

From Riga: Rundale Palace & Hill of Crosses Private Day Trip

4. From Riga: Rundale Palace & Hill of Crosses Private Day Trip

The driver will pick you up from your address in Riga and firstly will take you to Bauska, where Rundale Palace is located (around 1 hour drive). There you will meet the local guide, who will lead you through the Palace and tell you a lot of interesting stories of the place. After the tour you will have some time to marvel the beautiful French Gardens of Rundale Palace. After you will have another hour drive, which will take you to Lithuania and to one of countries main highlights - the Hill of crosses. The Hill of crosses is a place near Šiauliai city, with hundreds of thousands of crosses, brought by people from all over the world. There you will have time to walk, explore and hear the unforgettable sound of crosses, which are making the music if there is a little wind. Hill of crosses is one of the few highlights in Lithuania, included into the Unesco World heritage list. Back to Riga in the afternoon.

Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

5. Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

Enjoy a complimentary hotel pick-up and transfer from your centrally located Vilnius hotel or accommodation to Riga through the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and Rundale palace in Latvia, with a possible stop at Bauska castle in Latvia. The drive to the Hill of Crosses will be about 2.5 hours from Vilnius. The Hill of Crosses has about 100,000 crosses and is an historical architectural monument and a unique composition of folk art. It is said that first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The Hill of crosses attracts people with its spirituality, authenticity, and sacred nature and was visited by Pope John Paul II. After exploring this site, you will head to Rundale Palace, which is an approximately 40-minute drive. Rundale Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia. In 1735 Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron bought land in Rundale with an old medieval castle in the territory of a planned summer residence. The old castle was demolished and construction after the design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli started in 1736. Your drive to Riga after your visit to the palace is approximately 1 hour.

Rundale Palace Private Tour from Riga

6. Rundale Palace Private Tour from Riga

Start the tour from your hotel in Riga with a private transfer by car or minivan. Take in the scenery as you drive through the Zemgale region of Latvia where you will pass Bauska and see the ruins of Bauska Castle built in the 15th – 18th century. Visit the Rundale Palace, built in the 18th century and considered to be the most beautiful baroque palace in the Baltics.  Admire this outstanding example of the early work of Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Explore the French gardens and enjoy looking at the tulips and roses which bloom in the Summer before your driver returns you to your accomodation in Riga.

From Riga: Private Transfer to Vilnius with Sightseeing

7. From Riga: Private Transfer to Vilnius with Sightseeing

If you are travelling from Riga to Vilnius, we can offer several stops on the way like the Latvian Rundale Palace and it's beautiful garden, with second stop at Bauska Medieval Castle to explore it's museum and have a view from top of the tower. Such a transfer will take about 7 to 8 hours. Our drivers will advise the best local restaurants for lunch if you will require and provide WC and coffee stops on the route. A chauffeur will arrive at your hotel to pick you up and show you all the beautiful sites. In the end, the same chauffeur will drop you at your hotel in Vilnius city.

From Riga: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Vilnius

8. From Riga: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Vilnius

This full-day day tour is the best choice for those who want to save time, money, and see the most important sights along the trip from Riga to Vilnius. Visit 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 the residential castle fortified with bastions, protective walls and earthen ramparts. 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’. Rundale 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. Last but not least is a unique ensemble of Lithuanian folk art - The Hill of Crosses. The monument with more than 200.000 crosses in various sizes and materials stands on Jurgaiciai - Domantai mound. During your visit at The Hill of Crosses, you will learn more about the legendary stories why the Hill appeared. In the evening finish your drive and arrive in Vilnius city.

Latvian Palaces and Medieval Castles Private Trip

9. Latvian Palaces and Medieval Castles Private Trip

Be collected at your accommodation in Riga and be driven straight to the region of Bauska city. Visit several palaces from the 18th century and one crusader's castle from the 16th century. Rundāle Palace, formerly Ruhenthal then Ruhendahl, is one of two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia. The other is Jelgava Palace. Rundāle Palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. It is situated at Pilsrundāle, 12 km west of Bauska.  Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Bauska. Either choose a restaurant for dinner or your driver can arrange a picnic if you prefer. 

From Riga: Hill of Crosses, Bauska, Rundale Full-Day Trip

10. From Riga: Hill of Crosses, Bauska, Rundale Full-Day Trip

Step into a captivating journey through the heart of the Baltics, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge to create an unforgettable experience. Our unique day tour is designed to immerse you in the rich tapestry of this region, offering a blend of faith, opulence, and medieval tales that will leave you awestruck. Itinerary: 1. The Hill of Crosses - A Testament of Faith and Devotion Our adventure commences at the awe-inspiring Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, a place where the landscape itself tells stories of unwavering faith and profound devotion. As you stand amidst countless crosses of all sizes and designs, each representing a heartfelt prayer or wish, you'll be moved by the spiritual energy that envelops this sacred site. The history and significance of the Hill of Crosses will unfold before you, providing a deep understanding of the enduring faith that has drawn pilgrims here for centuries. During the tour, you'll have the flexibility to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, either before or after exploring the enchanting Rundale Palace. If you choose to skip lunch, don't worry; we'll still have plenty of time to include an additional visit to Bauska Castle on our return journey to Riga. 2. Rundale Palace - A Journey into Extravagance Next, we'll transport you to Rundale Palace, a Baroque masterpiece that embodies opulence and grandeur. Step into a bygone era as you explore the palace's ornate halls adorned with stucco work, gilded carvings, and intricate frescoes. You'll feel like royalty as you traverse the opulent chambers, marveling at the exquisite craftsmanship that surrounds you. The palace's immaculate gardens, resplendent with vibrant blooms, provide a serene escape, inviting you to take leisurely strolls and relish the regal atmosphere. 3. Bauska Castle - Where Medieval Tales Come to Life Our journey through time continues as we arrive at Bauska Castle, a medieval stronghold that resonates with the echoes of knights, duchesses, and historic intrigue. Explore the castle's towers, walk the same halls as nobility once did, and let your imagination wander amidst the ancient walls. The stories of medieval life and feudal lords will unfold, offering a vivid glimpse into the past. The lush park surrounding the castle, adorned with exotic plants and trees from around the world, provides a tranquil setting to reflect on the historical richness of this remarkable site. Conclusion: As our day tour draws to a close, you'll find yourself not only enriched with the history and culture of the Baltics but also with a sense of awe for the beauty that defines this region. Our journey ends with your return back, leaving you perfectly situated to explore more of the charming surroundings or simply bask in the memories of a day filled with faith, opulence, and medieval tales. Join us on this unique adventure, where the past comes alive, and the present is enriched with the treasures of the Baltics.

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We had a fantastic guide sorry could cath his name. He was very informative telling us local information about the areas as we padt the. He informed us about the pune forest and the karch growth as well as local foraging. we went to Rundale Palace where he showed around the rooms and told us about the garden. We even had coffee with him. After that went on to the Hill of Crosses which was very moving and as it was snowing was so eriery. Not a lot of wind so couldn't hear the crosses moving.

Very nice and knowledgeable guide. Especially liked the suggestion for lunch with local foods.

The tour is great. Is the best way to skip the flight.