Vilnius - Riga (16500 km)
On our way out of Vilnius, our first stop will be the Hills of Crosses, one of the holiest sites in Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia, we will come to the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. After touring the palace, we will continue through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia, arriving in Riga in the late afternoon.
Hill of Crosses
This hill in Vilnius gets its name because of the over 100,000 crosses that adorn it. It is a popular pilgrimage site meant to commemorate the history of Lithuanian Catholicism.
This brightly-colored Baroque palace in Latvia was built in the middle of the 18th century. International guests of import are still invited to stay here, although the buildings and its extensive gardens are now primarily a museum.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar
Riga-Sigulda-Riga (16268 km)
Before we get acquainted with Riga, we will have the chance to discover the medieval charm of Latvia on an optional morning tour that takes guests to the stunning scenery of Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We will hear local legends of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. In the afternoon, we can take an optional excursion to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum. In the evening, we will have the chance to hear a beautiful organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
This small town in the Latvian countryside is a short drive from the capital of Riga and is the gateway to Gauja National Park.
Gauja National Park
This beautiful national park in Latvia is home to stunning landscapes that feature lakes and cliffs. It is now a popular destination for local hikers and other lovers of outdoor recreations.
This castle can be found in Gauja National Park, near Sigulda, in the Latvian countryside. Originally built in the 13th century, the castle was recently reconstructed for historical preservation purposes.
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
Located on the shores of Juglas Lake just outside of Riga, the mission of this Latvian open-air museum is to display the different types of residential architecture that have developed in the country's history.
One of Latvia's most famous landmarks, this Medieval cathedral traces its origins to the year 1211. In addition to its facade, the church is known for its large and elaborate pipe organ that was built in 1882.