Sightseeing Transfer Riga - Vilnius via Rundāle Palace & Hill of Crosses

Tour Type

Sightseeing Tour/Transfer

Tour Duration

~9 Hours


Zemgale - Southern Latvia

Tour Season

Whole year

One way sightseeing tour / transfer from Riga to Vilnius or Vilnius to Riga by visiting Baroque and Rococo pearl of Latvia - Rundāle Palace and important location of Lithuanian National spirit - Hill of Crosses. Great way to travel between two capitals and learn about the culture of Latvia and Lithuania.

About The Tour

Tour Description

Sightseeing transfer from Riga to Vilnius or Vilnius to Riga with stops at impressive Hill of Crosses in Lithuania and elegant Rundāle Palace in Latvia. This is a full day transfer between Latvia and Lithuania to enjoy not only the landscapes, towns and cities along the ~380 km (~215 miles) long ride, but also to learn about life in both - Latvia and Lithuania.

Tour Highlights

  • Admire the architecture and interior on Rundāle palace
  • Also called baroque and rococo pearl of Latvia, Rundāle Palace is located in Southern part of Latvia - Semigalia and was built as a Kurland and Semigalia duke residence that was finished in 1768.

  • Walk accross the Hill of Crosses
  • Discover the national Lithuanian resistance simbol to Soviet Union and a sacral place, place of hope since the nineteenth century. Hill has experienced a lot between now and then, but it's estimated that the over 200 thousand crosses are now located here. You are welcome to bring your own cross or buy one at the local shop to place it along the others.

  • Learn about Latvia and Lithuania
  • We will be happy to share everything we know about Latvia and Lithuania to shorten the driving time.

  • Enjoy colorful French regular garden of Rundāle palace
  • Witness the landscape changes and see locat towns, cities on the way
  • Travel ~380 km (~215 miles) between the capitals of Latvia and Lithuania

Additional information

  • Transfer is available in both directions: Riga - Vilnius and Vilnius - Riga.
  • You will have 2.5 hours in Rundāle Palace.
  • You will have 1 hour for Hill of Crosses.
  • Please wear flat shoes suitable for walking.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress according to the weather and wear proper shoes for walking.
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.

Map of the tour

Tour Price and Booking

From 70 EUR*
Price includes:
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Guide
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About this region of Latvia - Zemgale (Southern Latvia)

Zemgale (Southern Latvia)

Three Jewls of Zemgale (visiting Rundāle Palace)

Reviews of this tour on TripAdvisor

"Excellent Way to Experience the Baltics countryside"

Reviewed May 29, 2024
Kimberly from USA

We booked Discover Latvia Tours for both our transfer from Tallinn to Riga, via Parnu, Along the Seaside, and from Riga to Vilnius, via Rundale Palace and Hill of Crosses. Both times we had Rihards as our driver. He was incredibly professional, courteous, kind, and regaled us with many interesting stories about the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian people, their relationships with each other, with the land, their histories, food, and culture. The stops we had along the way were interesting and he always offered to tailor stops to our needs. We probably would not have seen these places if not for this tour and certainly would not have learned so much about the Baltics! I would definitely recommend Discover Latvia Tours for anyone travelling to the Baltic States.

Visited May 2024

"Totally recommend"

Reviewed July 11, 2023
Ana Sofia from UK

Great experience with Discover Latvia, smooth transfer across Latvia to Lithuania and flexibility to visit different points on the way. Also great insight into the Baltic life.

Visited June 2023

"Fantastic Sightseeing Transfer Riga - Vilnius"

Reviewed September, 2022
Michelle from USA

We used Discover Latvia Tours to customize our full day sightseeing transfer from Riga to Vilnius, and we can't say enough great things about the wholel experience. From the moment we reached out, Rihards was in constant contact with us and worked to accomodate our special interests and scheduling constraints. Add in comfortable, clean vehicle and knowledgeable driver/guide, plus a completely reasonable price. This is a great company. Thank you so much for the experience!!!

Visited August 2022

"Excellent, professional service"

Reviewed June, 2022
Rosemary from UK

We approached Discover Latvia Tours to provide us with full day sightseeing transfers from Vilnius to Riga and from Riga to Tallinn. We were really delighted with the service we received. Rihards is so professional and knowledgeable, and we thoroughly enjoyed his company and our conversations as we travelled across the Baltic States. Rihards also arranged an excellent guide for us on a day trip out into the Latvian countryside whilst we were staying in Riga: Maria took us on a fascinating tour of the castles at Sigulda, Turaida and Cesis. We would highly recommend Discover Latvia Tours. Rihards is very flexible in accommodating the interests of his clients and the tours are very competitively priced.

Visited June 2022

"Great Trips with both Rihards and Marija"

Reviewed October, 2021
Carmel from Malta

The four excursions with did with Discover Latvia were great. We choose the transfer/excursions from Vilnius to Riga and Riga to Tallinn and also the Kuldiga and Medieval Cesis Town and Sigulda trips from Riga. All four of them were intense and very well worth it. Both Rihards and Marija as tour guids were great and left nothing to be desired.

Visited September 2021

"Helpful and safe!"

Reviewed July, 2021
Cassandra from Melbourne, Australia

Kickstarting our travels in the Baltics after a long period of pandemic lockdowns was hard, but doing it with Discover Latvia Tours made it so much easier. My friend and I were looking for a guided transfer from Riga to Vilnius, and Rihards was absolutely helpful right from the beginning. He navigated through different options for us while we figured out our covid tests/border-crossing times etc. and gave us absolute assurance that we were in safe and good hands. Will recommend!

Visited July 2021

"Rihards as driver and guide from Vilnius through Riga to Tallinn"

Reviewed June 27, 2019
Karen from Melbourne, Australia

Rihards made this a really pleasant trip for us. He kept up a running commentary on places we saw as well as discussions about Latvia and Estonia. He was such an engaging person. We had a few sightseeing stops along our transfer from Riga to Tallin. My favourite was a boardwalk walk through the bogs. Such a different environment to experience. Very glad we decided to use This private transfer from door to door. Highly recommend.

Visited June 2019

"Perfect Vilnius-Riga experience"

Reviewed July, 2018
Lucienne from California, USA

We booked a Vilnius to Riga transfer with Rihards and had a fantastic experience. Rihards was very responsive over email and accommodating to tailor the experience to what we wanted to see. He picked us up outside our hotel in a clean, new vehicle and was very professional and fun to talk with. We stopped at both the Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace. We were a bit skeptical to visit the Hill of Crosses as we weren’t interested from a religious perspective, but it was still totally worth seeing and very unique. Rundale Palace was truly spectacular, and unexpectedly beautiful. If you are traveling between Vilnius and Riga, don’t hesitate to book a transfer with Rihards!

Visited July 2018

"A fabulous experience...."

Reviewed July, 2018
Liz from UK

Having read some of the other reviews there isn't very much that I can add! Rihards picked us up promptly from our hotel and took us to the door of our hotel in Vilnius. Along the way he explained a lot about the two countries and some things about their history and current situations. He also told us some entertaining stories about beavers, wild boars and hot air balloons!! We stopped at the Hill of Crosses which is well worth a visit as it's intriguing and fascinating. Rihards also managed to find a stork's nest with 4 young. Although this is a fairly expensive way to travel it is very comfortable with the best chocolates in Lativa also on offer and I would thoroughly recommend this service. We really enjoyed the trip and also enjoyed Rihards company. Very professional! Thank you.

Visited July 2018

"Riga to Vilnius"

Reviewed June 20, 2018
Angie from Singapore

I found out about Discover Latvia through their website and booked this tour via email, and Rihards responded promptly. To say the least, we had a wonderful trip with Rihards. He is an excellent driver and came to pick us up punctually from Riga in a comfortable and new Renault mini-van (even though there was only 3 of us). He was friendly, polite, well-spoken and extremely knowledgeable. He was very informative and shared about the history, culture and current affairs in the Baltic states. He brought us from Riga to Vilnius, and included stops along the way to both Rundale Palace and The Hill of the Crosses. He was patient with all our queries and exceeded our expectations by even helping to bring our luggage into our hotel in Vilnius. If we had an additional day, we would have definitely taken another day tour with him to explore the rest of the Latvia or Estonia. It was an absolute pleasure to have had him as a guide and driver! Thank you Rihards !

Visited June 2018

"Private Transfer Services"

Reviewed May, 2018
Bec from Australia

We used Discover Latvia for a private transfer between Riga and Tallinn. It was all booked and organised before we left Australia (a very easy process). This was the best decision we made on our trip. Our driver, Rihards, was a very safe and conscientious driver. He was so knowledgeable about Latvia and Estonia. He took us to some great places of interest on our drive between the two capitals. He was a great person to spend 8 hours with. Thanks for a wonderful day! A perfect way to end a perfect stay in Latvia. I definitely recommend ‘Discover Latvia’, the service was outstanding.

Visited April 2018

"Excellent itinerary"

Reviewed September, 2017
Avril from Singapore

We booked a transfer from Vilnius to Riga including a couple of stops in Hills of Crosses & Rundale Palace and another transfer from Riga to Tallinn a couple of days later with stops at Sigulda National Park, bobsleigh tracks, castle, Gutmans cave & Parnu.

All these arranged via emails with Rihards who responded promptly with clarity. Rihards picked us up promptly both times & dropped us off in good time. The tours were well planned, informative & interesting especially the bobsleigh track stop. The van used is new, clean & spacious for 5 adults.

We had a wonderful time & would definitely recommend Discover Latvia.

Visited September 2017

"Discover Latvia is great for transfers, transfer tours and tours!"

Reviewed April, 2016
Steve from USA

We spent 4 days each in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.

Instead of taking straight transfers from Tallinn to Riga and from Riga to Vilnius, we took 7.5 to 8 hour transfer tours between the cities. This included wonderful sightseeing along the way and time for lunch in beautiful and inexpensive restaurants.

We used Discover Latvia for both transfer tours. We upgraded from a car to a van because of our luggage and mostly because of our comfort.

The agreed upon itineraries were great and the places the driver/guide stopped for the two lunches were wonderful.

We also used Discover Latvia for a private tour from Riga to Sigulda and the surrounding area.

For everything, we were very satisfied with Discover Latvia. Nice vehicles, great tour guide, etc.

Steve McEvoyb
West Chester

Visited April 2016

"Excellent driver and car -- strongly recommend for transfers"

Reviewed April, 2016
James from Toronto, Canada

Discover Latvia's service was exactly what we needed for comfortable and enjoyable transfers from Tallinn to Riga and from Riga to Vilnius. Very good value at a reasonable price with Rihards as our driver. Both trips had well designed itineraries. The Tallinn to Riga trip included worthwhile stops at Parnu and at Turaida Castle. The Riga to Vilnius trip included stops at Rundale Palace and at the Hill of Crosses.

We would recommend Rihards and Discover Latvia without hesitation.

Visited April 2016

"Excellent Tour Company"

Reviewed September, 2015
Agnes from Sydney, Australia

Rihards arranged a private transfer for me from Riga to Vilnius. Over several emails everything was set. Martin the driver picked me up promptly in Riga and off we went for a road trip. Martin was a delight. He loves a chat and was an excellent driver. My only regret was I didn't get a chance to see more of Latvia. I will be back and I will most definitely use this company again. They are first class!

Visited April 2016

"Great Service"

Reviewed April, 2015
Lorraine from Houston, Texas, USA

I had contacted a few tour companies prior to leaving for Europe regarding a transfer from Vilnius to Riga with stops at Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace. Rihards was very quick in responding and we communicated very quickly via email. He came back with the best price and also suggested we visit Kaunas. That was greatly appreciated.

I had contacted a few tour companies prior to leaving for Europe regarding a transfer from Vilnius to Riga with stops at Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace. Rihards was very quick in responding and we communicated very quickly via email. He came back with the best price and also suggested we visit Kaunas. That was greatly appreciated.

We had a great day and could not have asked for better service. I would highly recommend Rihards and his services.

Visited April 2015