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Riga to Vilnius Private tour


Private Tour of Riga to Vilnius

Embark on a captivating tour from Riga to Vilnius, exploring the grandeur of Rundale Palace, the historic Bauska Castle, and the enigmatic Hill of Crosses. Delve into the rich histories of Latvia and Lithuania and marvel at Baroque and Rococo masterpieces, making your tour unforgettable.

Timing: 9 am
Duration: 10 hours
Cost of tour: €400 for a group of 2
Language: English
Transportation: Pickup and drop off available from centrally located hotels or apartments at Riga

What to expect from the tour

On the private tour of Riga to Vilnius, you will experience historical wonders and breathtaking views, making for an enriching, memorable journey.

The journey begins with a visit to the majestic Bauska Castle, nestled in stunning landscapes and showcasing exemplary military architecture from the 15th to 17th centuries. 

You will get to explore Rundale Palace, the “Versailles of Latvia,” delving into its 138 lavish rooms and stunning French garden, all in a two-hour journey of Baroque beauty.

The tour culminates at the Hill of Crosses, a profound symbol of Lithuanian folk art and spirituality, adorned with over 200,000 crosses. 

You will uncover the legendary tales behind this sacred site. 

As night arrives, your journey concludes in the historic city of Vilnius, enriching you with Latvia and Lithuania’s cultural heritage and architectural wonders.

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Key attractions seen during the tour

Explore Latvia’s heritage through three iconic sites: Rundale Palace, Bauska Castle, and the Hill of Crosses. Each holds distinct historical and cultural importance.

Rundale Palace

Rundale Palace epitomizes 18th-century grandeur. Designed by the eminent Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, it’s celebrated as Latvia’s “Versailles,” showcasing 138 exquisite rooms and a magnificent French garden. This architectural marvel, reflecting Baroque and Rococo elegance, offers a deep dive into aristocratic luxury and cultural heritage. Rundale Palace presents an immersive journey through Latvia’s splendid past. The tour ticket doesn’t include entry to Rundale Palace.

Bauska Castle

Bauska Castle is a striking example of military architecture spanning the 15th to 17th centuries. The castle comprises a fortress designed for firearm use and a residential area fortified with bastions and earthen ramparts. This historical edifice offers a window into the military strategies and lifestyle of the era. Visitors explore its remnants and are transported back to a time of knights and battles. You will get an entry ticket to Bauska Castle along with the tour.

Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses offers a unique glimpse into Lithuanian spiritual and cultural identity. With over 200,000 crosses, this site transforms a simple hill into a powerful symbol of faith, hope, and resistance. Each cross, varying in size and design, tells a personal story of pilgrimage and devotion. Visiting this mesmerizing ensemble of Lithuanian folk art provides an unforgettable experience, highlighting the resilience and spiritual depth of the Lithuanian people.

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How to prepare for the tour of Riga to Vilnius

Preparing for a one-day road tour from Riga to Vilnius involves a blend of practical steps and anticipation of the cultural richness ahead. 

Start by packing essentials such as comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing to adapt to the Baltic climate. 

Layers are often recommended due to the varying temperatures between morning and evening.

Ensure your camera is ready to capture Rundale Palace’s architectural splendour and the Hill of Crosses’ spiritual aura. 

Familiarise yourself with the historical contexts of each stop to enhance your appreciation of the tour. 

Always ensure you have a valid ID or passport, and check road conditions and travel advisories before starting your journey.

Although water is included with your tour ticket, you should bring extra water bottles to stay hydrated.

Weather conditions 

The private tour from Riga to Vilnius is best experienced during the summer months of June to August when temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F), ensuring an enjoyable journey.

Due to the favourable weather, summer is often the preferred time for this private tour.

It’s advisable to book tickets in advance to ensure availability.

During the winter months of December to February, the weather is cold, with the possibility of snow.

Spring, which spans from March to May, brings warmer temperatures and fresh blooms, although the earlier months may still be cooler.

The temperature during the spring season in Riga typically ranges from around five °C (41°F) to 15°C (59°F) in March, increasing gradually to around ten °C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F) by May.

From September to November, autumn reveals its colourful foliage against cooler temperatures and increased rainfall.

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