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Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace Tour

(12 reviews)
7h
Up to 8 people

Explore Latvia's most beautiful Rundāle Palace and Lithuania's unique Hill of Crosses in one day

Highlights

A fun day exploring the Latvian and Lithuanian countryside
Discover the most beautiful palace in the Baltics - Rundāle palace
Walk around the Hill of Crosses, a famous pilgrimage site in Lithuania

About the tour

Duration: 7 hours
Group size: Up to 8 people
Available in: English (See the pricing for private tours)
Prices for private tours
Group size123456+
Price per 1 person€299€149€109€85€75€65
Take a day trip from Riga to Rundāle Palace and Hill of Crosses while learning about the history and people of two countries. Our knowledgeable local guides take a small group, maximum of 8 people, for a fun filled 7 hour road trip through Latvia and Lithuania.

Be amazed by the Rundāle Palace that is considered the grandest stately home in the Baltics and a true gem of Baroque architecture and of South-Latvian countryside. After our tour guide shares the stories behind the Palace you'll be provided with tickets that give you access to the Palace's exhibitions as well as the access to the French Garden for you to enjoy and explore.

After exploring the Rundāle Palace we'll head off towards Lithuania. On the way to Hill Of Crosses we’ll make a stop for lunch so that you can try some of the local cuisine. Kindly let our guides know if you have any special dietary needs that we should take in account. Location of the lunch is subject to availability and the meal is not included in the price of the tour.

After trying out what the local cuisine has to offer in Lithuania - we’ll visit the Hill of Crosses that is a famous pilgrimage destination and a site of resistance against Soviet occupation, where people not only from Lithuania have put crosses for couple centuries, witnesses faithfulness and trust of a Christian community to Christ and his Cross. This is an expression of a spontaneous religiousness of the people, and is a symbol not of grief and death but of Faith, Love and Sacrifice.

After exploring the Hill of Crosses we'll get back into the van and head off back to Riga where the tour will be finished. Where our mutual adventure will be finished and your evening adventure will begin.

What's included & not included

Knowledgeable local guide
Transport in an air-conditioned minivan
Bottled still water
Entry tickets to Rundāle Palace (Long Route + Garden)
Guided tour at the Hill of Crosses
Lunch
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (available on private group tours)
Gratuities (optional)

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Thousands of Happy Customers

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"Fabulous driver and tour guide."

The young student who did all the driving, Beatrice, was delightful. So friendly and informed. Our whole small tour group was fun to be with too. Loved the Hill of Crosses. Thank you so much to everyone.

"Such a great trip"

We enjoyed the stops on this tour and also had a great time trying traditional Lithuanian food for lunch. I particularly enjoyed the Rundāle Palace gardens and the Hill of Crosses. Overall, we were really happy to have Mike as our guide again, and he kept us entertained during the longer stretches of driving by playing us Latvian songs and pointing out storks/other animals along the road.

"Most enthusiastic and knowleable tour from Riga"

Highly recommend this very interesting tour. Our guide Laura was super enthusiastic and knowledgable. * The Hill of Crosses pilgrimage site was both somber and uplifting. We left a cross there for loved ones in our prayers. * Rundāle palace was grand and beautiful.

"Everything you wanted but didn’t know it!"

Laura welcomed us and made it possible for a very disparate group to become adventure buddies! Laura’s knowledge and people skills kept us willingly on our toes throughout the day (which flashed by) She negotiated times with us, was kind and respectful. Nobody was left out or behind. Everything was done with a light touch and where possible her irrepressible sense of humour. Her knowledge about the places we visited and the history of the Baltic states gave me many more insights than my reading. She made the history real, human and where appropriate, funny. I have never been on a guided tour before but this has encouraged me. The day was fabulous, the lunch, the palace, the hill of crosses. My diary entry has gone on for pages rather than the usual brief notes. I will always remember that day and I know that my fellow adventurers will. Thank you Laura, for a special, wonderful day. I will never forget it. Oh - not forgetting her beautiful rendition of the lullaby her mother sang to her!

"Great way to travel!"

Our guide was really warm, bubbly and knowledgeable, oh, and a good driver too! The stops along the way we’re interesting, especially the Hill of Crosses.

"I was wowed by the gardens at Rundle Palace"

Not something that I expected to see in Latvia. I booked the tour especially to see the Hill of Crosses and it was great too. Our guide was really warm-hearted, funny and was really good at making us all feel at ease and connecting with a bunch of strangers.

Meeting Point

Riga Tours start in front of Riga Old Town Hostel, Vaļņu iela 43, Riga.

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