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Tour to the hill of crosses of Siauliai

Private tour in Siauliai

Tour Price : €250 Duration : 8 hours Languages: Lithuanian,english,russian.(german and french available)

The Hill of Crosses is the monument of history and architecture, it is a unique ensemble of folk art. It attracts people, all believing in their calmness, spirituality, authentic and sacral being. An oblong, a little bit similar to a saddle mound stretches in a plain, surrounded by the Kulpe River and the valleys of its nameless affluent. In the landscape, the hill is vivid not only for its shape, but also for straight environment and the collection of the crosses standing in the yard and in the downhills. The hill itself is formed on Jurgaiciai – Domantai mound with the former settlement of the nearby which is dated 13-14th c. It became a sacral place in the 19th c. It is said that the first crosses were built here by the relatives of the rebels, who died in the rebellion of the year 1831, and who were not allowed by the czarist government to honour the graves of their relatives in a proper way. The number of such crosses grew after the rebellion of the year 1863. At that date, there began forming the peculiar traditions of this hill visiting and cross building.

The Hill of Crosses became the place of pledge taking. Another version states that many crosses emerged after the 19th c. when in the seventh decade, in the mound, there manifested the Virgin with the baby Jesus – she was the one who encouraged the people to build crosses in this place. In 1850, there were seventeen crosses, in 1895-1898 there stood one hundred and eighty of them on the hill, in 1938 – over four hundred. The number of crosses grew rapidly and during the time of the Soviet occupation, in 1960, there were two thousand and a half of just bigger crosses. In 1988, there blew the fresh revival winds – the Hill of Crosses became the self of not only Lithuania, but also of the whole world. Now one can count over one hundred thousand various crosses, roadside poles, the statues and pictures of the saint with rosaries hung on them. On the 7th of September, in 1993, the Hill of Crosses was visited by the Pope Jean-Paul II. Here he celebrated Mass, during which he was praying for the Lithuanian faith martyrs and the whole Christian Europe.

Here Lithuania was called “The Country of Crosses” by the heir of Christ. The Holly Father later spoke about the Hill of Crosses as about “a special place in the world, which concentrates all sufferings and pain of the modern age, in which there shines the hope of resurrection“. During the preparation to the apostolic trip of the Holly Father, in 1993, the chapel was built in front of the Hill of Crosses, in which Jean-Paul II celebrated Mass – there took part 100 thousands of prayers. Still, during the last weekend of July, here the feast is held of the Hill of Crosses. No stories can render the majesty, the mystery, the calmness and the spirituality of the Hill of Crosses. You just have to see and to feel it Yourself. If You want to feel several moments of this amazing and the only place in the world, choose this tour. The splendid view and atmosphere will give You peace and will calm Your spirit.

Programm:

9:00 - DEPARTURE FROM VILNIUS

10:30 - VISIT TO BURBISKIS MANOR IN PANEVEZYS REGION Not only to Holland there flow thousands of tourists in spring to observe the festival of tulip flowering. The tulip gardens of Burbiskis manor are not less wonderful. The manor has perhaps the biggest tulip garden of all Baltic countries – here, in May, there bloom over 400 kinds of blossoms. Burbiskis manor fascinates with impressive ponds with islands connected by 12 bridges, majestic gates of the park, mythological stone with "The Foot of Mary” (all desires come true after touching it). A guesthouse is established in the rebuilt guest block of the manor, and the exposition of the history of the manor is established in the terrace of the manor. The park is full of the works of the sculptor Kazimieras Ulianskas: the monument of the poet Adomas Mickevicius, the monument of the Great Duke of Lithuania, Vytautas, the sculpture of the Holly Virgin Mary.

11:30 a.m. - DEPARTURE TO THE HILL OF CROSSES

12:30 p.m. - DEPARTURE TO SIAULIAI

1:30 p.m. - LUNCH IN SIAULIAI

2:30 p.m. - TRIP TO THE HILL OF CROSSES

3:30 p.m. - VISIT TO KURTUVENAI MANOR HOMESTEAD AND KURTUVENAI CHURCH

5:00 p.m. - DEPARTURE TO VILNIUS

Price for 1-6 persons: 250 EUR

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: €250
Duration: 8 hours
Group Size: 1-6 tourists
Languages: Lithuanian,english,russian.(german and french available)
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :YES
Hotel pick-up:YES
Drop-off :YES
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):YES
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :NO
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :NO
Visa support :NO
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :NO