The Rundale Palace – is set amidst the fertile Zemgale Plains in the south of Latvia. The Rundale Palace ensemble, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Baltic States, was built between 1736 and 1740 as a summer residence for Ernst Johann Biron, Duke of Courland and a favorite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioannovna. The palace was designed by the Russian court architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli and built under his supervision. Most of the interior decorations were created between 1765 and 1768 when a sculptor from Berlin Johann Michael Graff, and Italian painters from St. Petersburg Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucchi worked at the palace.
You can either discover Palace and the regular French style park by yourself, or we can organize a tour guide to lead you through the exhibitions (please do let us know your plans at the time of making reservation).
On a way back we will also stop in Bauska town to see the Bauska castle ensemble which consists of two parts. The oldest, a Livonian Order’s castle, was built in mid-15th century, and only its ruins have survived. The newest, the residence of the Dukes of Courland, was built in the late 16th century.
Opportunity to expand the tour by adding Hill of Crosses in Lithuania (must be confirmed in advance).
Price: from EUR 45 per person
Included: Hotel pick up/drop off, transportation, entry tickets to the Palace (long route + French formal garden) and a tour guide (optional)
Duration: 6 hours, including time for transfer.