From Riga: The Hill of Crosses Private Guided Tour

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Discover the fascinating the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania on this guided tour from Riga. Cross the Latvia - Lithuania border to explore the thousands of crosses and learn why this place is a symbol of faith and freedom.

Highlights

  • Latvian - Lithuanin border
  • Hill of Crosses - special place
  • Rural landscape of Southern Latvia
  • Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is closer to Riga than Vilnius or Kaunas
  • Jelgava town on the way

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After meeting and greetings in the hotel, driving to the Lithuania about 130 km to visit Hill of Crosses. After crossing Latvia -Lithuania border, possibility for coffee break. More 30 km and destination reached. The Hill of Crosses is a potent symbol of faith, hope, and freedom of Lithuania. Desecrated but never destroyed, set on fire but never burned down. Located near town Siauliai it is a hill (castle mound) covered with thousands of crosses made from different materials and in different size. During the Soviet era, these crosses were removed by the authorities, but locals continuously replaced them. In 1993, Pope John Paul II had a service here. He later sent a crucifix to Lithuania which was placed on the hill, and today pilgrims begin and end their journeys at this location. For locals and visitors alike, this is a place of hope and enlightenment, reflecting Lithuania’s historical and cultural traditions. On the Hill of the Crosses, everyone can place their own cross for every occasion in life. The main thing is to believe! About 30-40 minutes for photos and walking around. Specially beautiful and emotional in the time of sunrise and sunset.

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Hotel pickup and drop-off Drinking water on request Guide service

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