Discover the legends and stories of Lithuania on this full-day tour from Vilnius. Head north towards Siauliai, Lithuania's fourth largest city, to visit the famous “Hill of Crosses” where thousands of crosses stand to commemorate the largest mass held in the country by Pope John Paul II in 1993. Listen to stories and informative commentary about this UNESCO-listed pilgrimage site from your informative guide as you learn about cross making.
Take a full-day tour from Vilnius to the pilgrimage city of Siauliai
Visit the UNESCO-listed “Hill of Crosses” and learn about its importance
Listen to Lithuania’s religious history from your informative guide
Enjoy complimentary round-trip transportation from your hotel
There were only four of us on the tour. We had some language issues since the driver did not speak English and there was no tour guide. We listened to an English narration on the way to the Hill of Crosses. The narration was not specifically about the Hill but about Lithuania in general. We did not stop at Siauliai as specified in the tour explanation. After a delicious lunch at a countryside restaurant which cost about 6 Euro per person, we stopped at the Kleboniškiai village museum and Kleboniškiai village windmill. In fact, I enjoyed this part of the tour more than the Hill of Crosses. Overall, we enjoyed the tour left at 9AM, returned at 6PM, but I would recommend a few changes.
-the tour title and description should be changed since we did not visit Siauliai
-we had to pay 4 Euro/person for the village museum. This should be specified in the tour description. The woman collecting the money did not speak English, so we had no choice but to pay. Strangely, locals who came after us did not seem to be paying the entrance fee.
-the village museum had no English brochures or on-site English explanation. I would have loved to have a simple leaflet in English.
With minor changes, I think that this would be a great tour especially for the more independent travelers who prefer to explore on their own.
Finally, in spite of the language issues, our service-oriented driver made sure that we were comfortable during the tour.