Private transfer with profesional driver from Vilnius to Riga (or Riga -Vilnius) and visit Hill of Crosess (30-45 minutes), lunch in local restourant. Excursion in Rundāle Palace (2 hours).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Vilnius, Lithuania / Riga, Latvia|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Departure from your hotel at 8:30 AM.|
|ARRIVAL TIME||Approximately 5:00 PM.|
|PRICE (1 person, EUR)||
8.30 AM – 11.00 AM:Transfer
Transfer Vilnius – Hill Of Crosses
11.00 AM – 11.30 AM: Hill Of Crosses
Is a historical and architectural monument, a unique ensemble of folk art. Its peace, spirituality, authenticity, and sacred nature attracts visitors. The oblong mound, somewhat similar to a saddle, stands on a plain and is surrounded by the valleys of Kulpė stream and its nameless tributary. The hill itself sits on the Jurgaičiai-Domantai mound with a former ancient village dating back to the 13th-14th centuries. It became a sacred site in the 19th century. It is said that the first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The family members erected the crosses at this site because the Tsarist reign did not allow them to pay proper tribute to the graves of their relatives. Even more crosses were put up after the rebellion of 1863. At that time, the tradition of visiting and erecting crosses on the hill began to emerge.
11.30 AM – 12.30 PM: Transfer
Transfer to Rundāle palace.
12.30 PM – 1.30 PM: Lunch time
lunch time in local restourant.
1.30 PM – 3.30 PM: Rundāle palace
The Rundale Palace is set amidst the fertile Zemgale Plains in the south of Latvia. Most of the interior decorations were created between 1765 and 1768 when a sculptor from Berlin Johann Michael Graff, and Italian painters from St. Petersburg Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucchi worked at the palace.
3.30 PM – 4.30 PM: Transfer
Rundāle – Riga. End at your hotel.