Best of Latvia
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN RIGA
Welcome to Latvia! Arrival in Riga. Check in to the hotel.
DAY 2: RIGA
Founded in 1201 by German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals. Riga is famous for its sophisticated Art Nouveau architecture – about 40% of the city center consists of Art Nouveau buildings, more than in any other city in the world. Join the guided walking tour and explore the most famous Art Nouveau buildings on Alberta Street and Elizabetes Street. On the tour, you will also discover the jewels of the lovely Old Town: House of the Blackheads, City Hall Square, Riga Cathedral, St. Pether’s Church, Riga Castle, the oldest dwellings in the city – Three Brothers, and others. Let yourself fall in love with the cobblestone streets of Riga Old Town.
The afternoon is reserved for the guided walking tour of Other Riga. This tour will bring you to a completely different scene of Riga and show around the so-called Moscow Suburbs. You will also have a chance to visit the Latvian Academy of Sciences, an impressive Stalin-era skyscraper that offers the best panorama of Riga.
Later you will dive into the rich and colorful aisles of the Riga Central Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Riga Central Market was opened in 1930, and it consists of five former Zeppelin airship hangars. Riga Central Market is a perfect place for tasting local products, such as smoked meat and fish, pickled vegetables, rye bread, Latvian craft beer, various dairy products, and seasonal treats.
DAY 3: RIGA – SIGULDA
This day will bring you to the Gauja National Park, the largest and oldest national park in Latvia. Sigulda is one of the most popular places in the Gauja National Park where you can enjoy truly scenic views of the Gauja River valley, several castles, nature wonders, and countless hiking trails that go up and down along the river. You will explore Sigulda Castle Complex which consists of two castles built in different centuries. Sigulda Medieval Castle Ruins mark the beginnings of Sigulda as a town while Sigulda New Castle serves as a wonderful example of a 19th-century manor house and is famous for unique 20th-century interiors in the style of national romanticism.
Later you will enjoy a fun and scenic ride in the Sigulda Cable Car. The cable car connects both sides of the Gauja River, offering picturesque views of the river valley, three castles, and the Sigulda Bobsleigh Track. The ride above the tree tops and the river is about one kilometer long.
You will also explore Turaida Medieval Castle which looks just like out of a fairytale about princesses and dragons. Not far from the castle, you will visit Gutman’s Cave – the biggest cave in the Baltics and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia.
DAY 4: SIGULDA – RUNDALE – KULDIGA
In the morning you will go to the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Join the guided tour and get to know the most exciting secrets of the palace. The Rundale Palace surprises its visitors with impressive baroque architecture, wonderful interiors, breathtaking paintings on the ceilings, and wonderful gardens. The splendor of Rundale offers to experience the vibe of Versailles in the Baltics.
Later, you will go to Kuldiga. Enjoy a peaceful evening in this lovely town: sit down at a restaurant in the very heart of the old town or choose a cafe with a panorama of the Venta River, get inspired by the historical atmosphere of the town, take some great photographs, or simply relax.
DAY 5: KULDIGA
Kuldiga is one of the most romantic and charming towns in Latvia which is often compared to Venice. It is a very popular weekend getaway destination thanks to its lovely blend of cobblestone streets, historical 16th to 18th-century architecture, small canal meandering through the town, and the widest waterfall in Europe – Ventas Rumba. In the morning you will join the guided walking tour and visit the most important and beautiful places in Kuldiga. Later you will have a chance to discover the town at your own pace: wander around the curvy streets, enjoy some great food and drinks, and look inside art galleries, designer stores, and museums.
DAY 6: KULDIGA – LIEPAJA
This day will bring you to the western coast of Latvia, where the seaside city Liepaja awaits you. It is a vibrant port city with its own character. As most Latvian rock musicians come from Liepaja, the city is known among the locals as the Capital of Rock Music. Discover Liepaja by joining the guided walking tour: discover the most spectacular Art Nouveau buildings in the city center, look for street art pieces, and stroll along the Promenade.
Liepaja is also known for the longest breakwater in Latvija – Liepaja Northern Breakwater that stretches into the sea for 1,8 km. The breakwater was built in the 19th century as a part of the military fortress, but today it is popular among local fishermen, as well as couples meeting up for a romantic picnic. In your free time, relax at the beach, explore the most hidden alternative bars with great live music, or head towards Karosta, a former closed military territory.
DAY 7: LIEPAJA – JURKALNE – KOLKA – JURMALA – RIGA
For most of this day, you will be following the coastline of the Baltic Sea. First, you will stop at Jurkalne, a small village that is known for the Jurkalne Seashore Bluff. Enjoy the vast panorama from the top of the bluff, as well as climb down to the wild beach, see the magnificent coastline close up, and listen to the waves and seagulls.
Later you will continue following the coastline until you reach Cape Kolka, a windy place on the beach where the water of the Gulf of Riga meets the waves of the open Baltic Sea. If you look carefully enough, you will see Kolka Lighthouse sending you greetings right from the sea.
On the way from Kolka to Jurmala, you will encounter many fishermen’s villages that will tempt you with lovely houses and the delicious smell of smoked fish. Stopping at one of the villages and trying out freshly smoked fish might be the best idea for lunch.
In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Jurmala, a popular seaside resort famous for its wonderful wooden architecture from the 20th century, fancy lifestyle, and white sand beach. Stroll along Joma Street, a very lively pedestrian street full of restaurants, bars, and cafes, walk around the town to see the most beautiful wooden villas, or enjoy the beach.
In the evening you will return to Riga.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Departure day. Check out from the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
Price in double occupancy
In 4-star hotels:
- 2 persons traveling is 1820 EUR per person
- 4 persons traveling is 1160 EUR per person
- 6 persons traveling is 945 EUR per person
- 8 persons traveling is 840 EUR per person
In 3-star hotels:
- 2 persons traveling is 1695 EUR per person
- 4 persons traveling is 1045 EUR per person
- 6 persons traveling is 830 EUR per person
- 8 persons traveling is 720 EUR per person
Single room supplement
Double room for one person – 340 EUR
- 7 overnights in centrally located hotels with breakfast;
- English speaking driver and tour leader throughout the program;
- Transportation in private car or minivan per program;
- Walking tour in Riga, Other Riga, Kuldiga, and Liepaja;
- The Gauja National Park sightseeing tour;
- Entrances in Academy of Sciences sight platform, Cable Car, Turaida Castle Museum, Sigulda Castle Complex, and Rundale Palace.
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