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Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

1. Vilnius: Then and Now Old Town Tour

Vilnius is a beautiful city, renowned for it's green spaces and Baroque architecture. It is also a very old city with lots of history, which nuances are best presented by a local Lithuanian. We recommend starting your tour where the history of the city began 10,000 years ago at the Cathedral Square. Other meeting points in the Old town would also work, however this one is recommended. Walking through important buildings, streets and other objects you will find out how Lithuania emerged from the swamps to become a self-sufficient country, how it came to its fall, what was the situation during the Soviet occupation and what the situation is now.

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.

Discover Vilnius Tour

4. Discover Vilnius Tour

The tour starts from your centrally located hotel or other pick-up point. Firstly, you will visit famous spots in Vilnius' old town: the Town Hall, old Vilnius University and Presidential Palace, magnificient Cathedral Square, Gediminas Avenue, gothic St Anne's Church and Bernardine's Church. Afterwards go to the bohemian area - another "republic" of Lithuania - Užupis.   There you will visit the angel and the constitution. The tour continues as you visit  St. Peter and St. Pauls Church, the Puckoriai geological monument, the exile memorial and Markučiai manor. At the end you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Vilnius on the hill of Subačius followed by a drop off at your hotel or other centrally located place. 

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: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace to Riga

6. 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 to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

7. 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.

From Vilnius: Private Transfer to Riga with 2 Tour Stops

8. From Vilnius: Private Transfer to Riga with 2 Tour Stops

The driver will pick you up from your address in Vilnius and bring you to the address in Riga, on the way taking you to visit two highlights: Hill of crosses in Lithuania and Rundale Palace in Latvia. Hill of crosses is located around 2 hours drive from Vilnius, not far from the Latvian border, and there you will have some free time to explore this unique place by yourself. Hill of crosses is one of the sights in Lithuania, included into the Unesco World heritage list and has hundred of thousands of crosses, brought by people from all over the world. Continuing to Bauska, where Rundale Palace is located - it takes another hour drive. There you will be met by the guide, who will make you a private tour in the Palace and get you acquainted with its history and interesting stories. After the tour you will continue to Riga and arrive to your address in the late afternoon.

1-Day Pilgrim Tour from Vilnius

9. 1-Day Pilgrim Tour from Vilnius

The journey will start with a pick-up from your centrally located hotel. Then, drive to the pilgrim shrine of Siluva town, where The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared four centuries ago.  Here, visit the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is one the finest examples of late Baroque architecture in Lithuania and famous by miraculous altar painting. Another sightseeing spot - The Chapel of Apparition marks the exact place of the apparition – its altar is constructed upon the same rock where, according to tradition, the Marian apparition took place. Then the trip continues to Tytuvėnai’s Church of Our Lady of the Angels and the Bernardine monastery complex, which is one of Lithuania’s largest and most important religious architecture ensembles from the 17th and 18th-centuries. The ensemble consists of a church, a courtyard with the Holy Steps Chapel, and the stone wall of a two-story monastery. The main altar of the church features a famous and beautiful painting of the Mother of God and her Child. Last but definitely not the least stop is at The Hill of Crosses -  a mysterious and authentic monument to the suffering, endurance and love of Lithuanians for their freedom, both political and spiritual. After this, the tour ends and you will return to Vilnius.

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What people are saying about Vilnius

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 73 reviews

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!

very good experience, Andrei is an attentive guide, we had a very good day, very enriching, I recommend

We enjoyed the interesting and informative walk through the streets of Vilnius old town with Ugnė.

In depth tour guide of Vilnius with most professional guide. Would totally recommend to everyone

The tour is great. Is the best way to skip the flight.