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Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

1. Vilnius: 3-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour

Explore Vilnius by air-conditioned minibus, with an English-speaking guide, and discover the history of the Jews in the city as you travel through the former ghettos along Žemaitijos Street, discover the Vilnius Choral Synagogue, and go to the Jewish cemetery. The story can be traced back to the 13th century. In folklore Litvaks (Lithuanian Jews) were known for their love of education, no-nonsense straight-talk, and sardonic wit. They first settled in Vilna, as the capital was and still is known in Jewish culture, from around the time of its founding in 1323. By the 18th century, Vilna had become the world capital of traditional religious (Talmudic) learning, and was often referred to as the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Towering over the many great Jewish figures the city has produced is the Talmudic leader, Gaon of Vilna. Some 94 percent of the Litvaks perished in the Holocaust, the highest percentage of genocide in Europe. Today, a small community of around 5,000 Litvaks make bold efforts to maintain their heritage.

The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

2. The Hill of Crosses: Full-Day Tour from Vilnius

This full-day tour starts at 09.00 AM when you’re picked up at your centrally located Vilnius Hotel. After about an hour’s drive you’ll reach the Ukmergė District, stopping at a park established to remember those who fought against the Soviet regime. You’ll see crosses dedicated to the partisans, to the most important dates of Lithuanian history and to famous individuals, such as Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan. Learn about the symbolism of the cross in Lithuanian culture and history. Continue to the Siauliai area, where you’ll visit the Hill of Crosses, one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Lithuania. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and taste traditional Lithuanian dishes. After lunch you’ll head back to Vilnius arriving at around 5:00-6:00 PM.

Hill of Crosses and Siauliai Tour

3. Hill of Crosses and Siauliai Tour

Starting from Vilnius the tour will take you to the north of Lithuania where you will find Siauliai city and the famous Hill of Crosses. Siauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania.   During the drive through the center, there will be a chance to see the famous Frenkel Villa, Church of St. Peter and Paul and meet the Millenium Fox and Golden Archer of the Sundial.  The famous Hill of Crosses will be your next stop, where the Pope John Paul II held the most highly attended mass in our country – during his visit to Lithuania in 1993. This old mound from the days of the crusaders has been decorated with thousands of crosses in every imaginable size and form. This has always been, as it is now, a place of pilgrimage. Today a veritable sea of crosses – hundreds of thousands of them – serves as a monument to Lithuanians’ devotion to their religion. You will learn about the cross making craft - one of the most unique Lithuanian crafts, included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. After the visit in the Hill of Crosses, it is possible to stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant before making your way back to the capital city, Vilnius.

Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

4. 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.

Route of John Paul II: Hill of Crosses, Tytuvenai & Siluva

5. Route of John Paul II: Hill of Crosses, Tytuvenai & Siluva

During this private day tour you will be able to explore the most interesting sites, which Pope John Paul II visited. Pope John Paul II was the first Roman pontiff who visited Lithuania in September 1993. His pontificate is related with Lithuanian religious and national revival, and the re-establishment of the Lithuanian Republic in 1990. In the very beginning of his pontificate, John Paul II spontaneously pronounced his famous phrase: “Half of my heart is in Lithuania”.  The tour will include two sites which were visited by the Pope: Siluva Shrine of Our Lady and Hill of the Crosses, and one extra site of the beautiful monastery of Tytuvenai. The tour starts from Vilnius and heads to Siluva. Since the beginning of the 16th century, Siluva has been famous for the indulgenced Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Siluva is famous for the first widely known apparition of the Mother of God in Europe. Today Siluva is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Lithuania with its ancient tradition of the indulgenced Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   Next stop will be Tytuvenai monastery. Tytuvėnai’s Church of Our Lady of the Angels and Bernardine monastery complex are among Lithuania’s largest and most significant specimens of 17th and 18th century sacred architecture, reflecting as they do a multi-layered harmony of the Gothic, Mannerist and Baroque styles. The last stop of the tour is the Hill of Crosses. The Hill of Crosses has about 100,000 crosses, it is a historical architectural monument and a unique composition of folk art. The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania left a deep impression on Pope John Paul II. After the tour, head back to Vilnius.

From Vilnius: Anykščiai & The Hill of Crosses Day Trip

6. From Vilnius: Anykščiai & The Hill of Crosses Day Trip

Discover Anykščiai town! This day tour starts with a pick-up from your centrally-located Vilnius hotel.  Firstly, visit the highest Lithuanian Church. Explore the Domantai Hill Fortress, which is covered with more than 200,000 crosses, crucifixes, effigies, statues of saints and patriots. Then gain insight into Lithuania's engineering history on the narrow-gauge railway.  Afterwards, go to the Ethnographic Horse Museum and discover traditional crafts. The tour continues with a visit to the famous "devil" stone of Lithuania - Puntukas. Last but not least is an exclusive treetop walking path - the only one to be found in the Baltic countries and even in the Eastern Europe. The path curves 300m through treetops, leading to a 35m high viewing tower, from which you can look over the fabled Anykščai woods, admire bend of Šventoji river and take a walk through the tree canopy.

Vilnius: Old Town and Uzupis Tour

7. Vilnius: Old Town and Uzupis Tour

Meet your guide at the heart of the old town for a personalized tour of Vilnius. Learn about the history and culture of this interesting city and finish off your visit taking in the laid-back atmosphere of Uzupis. Starting at the Palace of the Grand Dukes, you'll continue on to Vilnius Cathedral and its neo-classical façade and unique, free-standing bell tower. Explore the streets of the old town and hear stories about the city's past, learning how it became Lithuania's capital. Learn about Grande Duke Gediminas; the city's founder. Get a panoramic view of the city from St. John's Church. Discover and learn about other sights such as St. Anne's Church, the Basilian Gate, and the Gates of Dawn. Dive into Uzupis, a village that declared independence from Vilnius, it's name meaning 'the other side of the river.' Finish off your tour taking in its relaxed atmosphere and checking out the street art.

From Vilnius: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace to Riga

8. From Vilnius: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace to Riga

The driver will pick you up from Vilnius hotel for your private transfer to Riga with the visit of two highlights. Firstly, you'll have a stop at the Hill of Crosses, a 2 hours drive from Vilnius, and is a unique place, included in the Unesco World Heritage list. Explore the hill by yourself, having around 45 minutes to walk around. Continue to Rundale Palace, which takes around 1 more hour. Once there, you will be greeted by a local guide, who'll show you around the Palace, which used to be the summer residence of the Duke of Courland. After the Rundale tour, your driver will take you to Riga and drop you off at your hotel.

Vilnius: City Highlights Walking Tour

9. Vilnius: City Highlights Walking Tour

Enjoy a leisurely walk around the beautiful city of Vilnius and discover the treasures of Lithuania's capital city. During this 2-hour group tour you will visit the most interesting places in Vilnius including the Gediminas Castle, Vilnius Cathedral, Vilnius Town Hall, and many other magnificent buildings. Discover more about the history of the city with the experienced tour guide, learn about the history behind the grand buildings, and hear the intriguing stories about the places you will visit. This sightseeing tour is a perfect way to introduce yourself to Lithuania's amazing capital city.

From Vilnius: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Riga

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

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 Vilnius to Riga. The trip visits 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 picturesque scenery.  Start from Vilnius at 8:00 AM in the morning with more than two hours of drive to the Siauliai area. There, take an excursion to a unique ensemble of folk art known as the ‘The Hill of Crosses’ with more than 200,000 standing crosses of various sizes and materials. Learn more about the legendary stories of why the Hill appeared.  On the way to Rundale palace, stop at a regional restaurant for lunch. At about 01:00 PM arrive Rundale palace, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia, which sometimes is called as 'The Versailles of Latvia'.  Last but not least go sightseeing at Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by 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. Finally, at about 04:00 PM, depart to Riga with an approximate arrival time between 05:00 PM and 06:00 PM.

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4.8 / 5

based on 73 reviews

We had a wonderful tour with our English-speaking guide, Agnes. She was thoroughly knowledgeable of both Jewish and Lithuanian heritage. She answered all of our many questions, ranging from specific historical details to contemporary facts. She was extremely personable and went to great lengths to satisfy our curiosity. We started our tour with a drive to the Jewish Cemetery where Rabbi Gabon Elijah’s was buried. We also visited the Choral Synagogue, the original street in the Jewish Quarter and saw various photographs of Jewish life between the two world wars. Everything was both extremely revealing and sensitively handled. We would recommend Agnes to anyone interested in learning about Jewish life in Vilnius, then and now.

It was a very nice tour with a dedicated and very nice guide! The Hill of Crosses is very impressive! Even if the journey from Vilnius is quite far, it was worth it!

Regina is a wonderful guide with so much knowledge, we had an excellent tour with lovely weather. Thanks to victor and regina

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.