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Latvian Palaces and Medieval Castles Private Tour

1. Latvian Palaces and Medieval Castles Private Tour

Be collected at your accommodation in Riga and be driven straight to the region of Bauska city. Visit several palaces from the 18th century and one crusader's castle from the 16th century. Rundāle Palace, formerly Ruhenthal then Ruhendahl, is one of two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia. The other is Jelgava Palace. Rundāle Palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. It is situated at Pilsrundāle, 12 km west of Bauska.  Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Bauska. Either choose a restaurant for dinner or your driver can arrange a picnic if you prefer. 

Riga: Mini Baltic Tour Bauska - Rundale - Hill of Crosses

2. Riga: Mini Baltic Tour Bauska - Rundale - Hill of Crosses

Mini Baltic Tour includes minivan and driver and will start with a pick-up from your hotel in Riga at 10:00. During this tour, there will be 3 main stops for sightseeing. The first short stop will be at Bauska Castle (optional stop can be made at Mezotne Castle as well), arriving at 11:30. Bauska Castle consists of two parts: the ruins of the old part and the new part which was the residence of the Dukes of Courland. Your next stop will be at Rundale Palace at 12:15. This will take the longest time to see with its palaces, gardens and amazing museums. Also, there will be guided tours available for extra cost. Rundale Palace is Baroque and Rococo in style. The last and the most exciting place to see is right outside of Latvia just 70 kilometers away from Rundale Palace called the Hill of Crosses at 15:00. This is hill with thousands of crosses and prayers and exciting to see. Travel back to Riga at 17:00.

Riga: Jewish Heritage Private Guided Tour

3. Riga: Jewish Heritage Private Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and sets out towards the heart of Riga. Visit the Zanis Lipke memorial and learn about Zanis and his wife Johanna who helped create an underground bunker to save Jews from the Nazis. Then head to the memorial of the Great Choral Synagogue and pay respect to the events of 1941 during which hundreds of Jewish refugees were forced into the basement that was later intentionally burned to the ground. From this horrible event, only the ruins of a metal menorah and memorial stone are left but they still paint an incredibly somber image of the atrocity. Afterwards, continue onto the Jewish Community Center, also known as the Museum of Jews in Latvia. At the center, learn about the history of Jewish contribution to the modern day Riga. Travel through the historical Jewish quarter of Maskavas Forstate suburb next, and look out for the little wooden houses where the Jewish people used to live. Following the walk, arrive at the Museum of Occupation of Latvia for an introduction into the history of how Jews survived under Soviet rule. Follow your guide onto Riga’s Ghetto and Holocaust Museum where you can find the names of more than 70,000 people who were sadly killed during the Holocaust. In the museum, you can also see a photograph exhibition dedicated to antisemitism propaganda. The tour ends at the Bikernieki Memorial, one of the largest memorials of its kind dedicated to victims of the Nazi regime. Read the inscription on the memorials symbolic alter and take a moment to remember those who lost their lives.

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Overall rating

2.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

A perfect day

Even though the weather wasn't that good we went on an interesting tour. The car was great, the driver on time, polite and a very good driver. We had enough time to visit all three attractions.

All very nice. Too bad that the third half was closed for Covid and could only be seen from the outside.