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Private one-day Tour of Riga


One-day Private Tour of Riga

Join a private day tour through the Baltics, exploring the Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace, and Bauska Castle. Dive into history at each site, from the spiritual significance of the hill of crosses to the Baroque splendor of Rundale Palace’s Gardens and Frescoes. An unforgettable journey awaits.

Timing: 10 am
Duration: 7 hours
Cost of Tour: €335
Language: English and Russia
Transport: Van

Itinerary of the tour

  • The journey for the day begins with a pickup at Riga at 10 am
  • From there, you’ll embark on a two-hour journey by van to reach the Hill of Crosses. 
  • You can explore the Hill of Crosses, which includes photo opportunities, sightseeing, walking, and enjoying the scenic views. 
  • Following this, you’ll travel for another hour to reach Rundale Palace, where you can explore the palace grounds, with time for photo stops, free exploration, sightseeing, and a self-guided tour. 
  • You are given a 30-minute lunch break in Bauska after visiting Rundale Palace. 
  • Once refreshed, the tour continues to Bauska Castle, which will take approximately an hour to reach. 
  • You can enjoy a guided tour at the castle and have some free time for further exploration, sightseeing, walking, and soaking in the scenic views. 
  • You’ll have one hour allocated for exploration at each destination.
  • Finally, you will return to the drop-off point in Riga, completing our day’s itinerary by approximately 6.30 pm
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Unveiling Latvia’s History

Riga, Latvia’s capital, epitomizes historical richness. The Hill of Crosses, a testament to faith outside Riga, showcases the Latvian people’s resilience. Bauska Castle, a medieval stronghold on the Musa River, echoes feudal strife. Further, Rundale Palace, an 18th-century Baroque gem, epitomizes aristocratic opulence with lavish interiors and landscaped gardens. These sites encapsulate Latvia’s diverse heritage, from spiritual devotion to feudal fortitude and aristocratic grandeur, offering a condensed journey through centuries of history.

Destinations covered

In this private tour of Riga, you will discover Latvia’s rich heritage at three iconic sites: Rundale Palace, Bauska Castle, and the Hill of Crosses, each with unique historical and cultural significance.

Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses, located just outside Riga, Latvia, is a site of profound spiritual significance. Overlooking the countryside, this hill has been adorned with crosses of various sizes and designs for centuries, symbolizing prayers, remembrance, and spiritual devotion. Despite repeated attempts to destroy or remove the crosses, they continue to multiply, serving as a powerful testament to the resilience and faith of the Latvian people. Visitors to the Hill of Crosses are met with a poignant atmosphere of reverence and reflection, making it a deeply moving pilgrimage site for locals and tourists alike.

Bauska Castle

Situated on the banks of the Musa River, Bauska Castle stands as a formidable symbol of medieval fortification and feudal power. Built in the 15th century, this imposing stronghold was a strategic defense against invading forces during conflict. Its sturdy walls, towering towers, and fortified battlements glimpse the region’s turbulent past. At the same time, the castle’s interior reveals traces of its former grandeur through intricate architectural details and historical artifacts. Today, Bauska Castle stands as a captivating monument to Latvia’s feudal history, inviting visitors to explore its halls and ramparts and delve into the stories of its past inhabitants.

Rundale Palace

Rundale Palace, a stunning Baroque masterpiece in the Latvian countryside, exudes elegance and grandeur. Commissioned by the Duke of Courland in the 18th century, this opulent residence was designed by renowned Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, whose signature style is evident in its lavish interiors and meticulously landscaped gardens. Visitors to Rundale Palace are transported back in time as they wander through its ornate halls adorned with gilded ceilings, exquisite furnishings, and priceless works of art. The palace’s expansive grounds, dotted with fountains and sculptures, provide a picturesque backdrop for strolls and moments of contemplation.

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How to prepare for the tour

When preparing for the tour of Riga, pack accordingly for the season: warm layers for winter and light clothing for summer.

Carry local currency for small expenses and ensure your phone is charged for photos.

You are advised to book your tickets in advance to avoid last-minute consequences.

Always carry a valid ID or passport, and stay updated on road conditions or travel advisories.

Stay hydrated, especially during summer, and adjust your itinerary based on weather conditions for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Dining options at Bauska

This private tour of Riga gives a 30-minute lunch break, providing flexibility for exploring various dining options throughout the city, as meals are not included in the ticket.

In Bauska, dining options offer a delightful blend of traditional Latvian cuisine and international flavors.

Bauskas Alus Restorāns” offers traditional Latvian dishes and local beer in a rustic, historic setting. Cozy ambiance, hearty soups, grilled meats, and homemade desserts highlight the menu.

Restaurant Monte Kristo” in Bauska’s Old Town offers elegant dining with European and Mediterranean flavors. Sophisticated ambiance, seafood risotto, tender steak, and an extensive wine list.

Cafe Lapa” offers casual dining with river views. Enjoy light bites, sandwiches, salads, freshly brewed coffee, and desserts in a relaxed setting overlooking the Musa River.

Options for accommodation at Riga

Riga offers various options catering to various preferences and budgets, ensuring a comfortable stay for all travelers. 

Boutique hotels like Grand Palace and Hotel Bergs offer luxury rooms, personalized service, and upscale amenities in Riga’s city center.

Consider boutique guesthouses or heritage hotels like Neiburgs Hotel, blending historic charm with modern comfort in a beautifully restored Art Nouveau building for immersive stays.

Budget travelers can choose affordable options like Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel, which provides dormitory-style rooms and communal socializing spaces for budget-conscious travelers.

Vacation rentals and serviced apartments provide a home-away-from-home experience, ideal for families or travelers seeking more space and flexibility. 

Whatever your preference, Riga’s diverse accommodation offerings ensure a memorable and comfortable stay for every traveler.

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