Experience Latvia in 6 days
1.DAY: ARRIVAL IN RIGA
Arrival in Riga, pick-up your car in Riga airport, check-in the hotel Konventa Sēta ***or similar.
2.DAY: DISCOVER RIGA
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. During a guided walking tour we will see the Art Nouveau most famous buildings on the streets of Alberta and Elizabeth.The old town with Riga’s Castle and the Three Brothers houses, which were built between the late 1400s and mid-1600s and are the oldest dwellings in the city.
At lunchtime make a visit to the Riga Central Market. To try, such as smoked meats, pickled vegetables, Latvian bread, seasonal treats, and more. The market opened in 1930 and it consists of five former Zeppelin airship hangars and is one of the largest covered markets in Europe.
3.DAY: ANCIENT TRADITIONS
In the morning we will make a visit to the Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum. During the tour we will learn about the Latvian farmer’s life. We will have a degustation (light lunch) of local food like cottage cheese, house made bread and honey.
In the afternoon visit to a household named “Carpenter’s workshop” to learn about the local wood sculpting traditions. Here we get to know typical Latvian trees, work along with experienced craftsmen, try out traditional toys and games. As well as enjoy a very special tea recipe brewed in a bonfire house.
In the evening relax in a cosy guesthouse with sauna access. A local sauna master invites you to a sauna to restore the balance of our mind and body. We stay overnight in a cosy guest house and enjoy the tranquillity that brings Latvian forest.
4.DAY: GAUJA NATIONAL PARK
We enjoy a slow start of the day and continue to the Gauja National park and town of Sigulda. Gauja National park is the largest and oldest National park in Latvia. Take a cable car to enjoy picturesque views over the river Gauja Valley. After, inspired by its beauty you start kayaking down the River Gauja.
The afternoon continues to the Gauja National park’s most hidden jewel Ligatne Secret Soviet bunker. Visit the 9 m underground bunker that was built for the political and state authority elite of 1980-ties.
After exciting adventures enjoy the tranquillity of the town Ligatne. A 19th century paper mill-town that has till nowadays preserved its charms. On a guided walking tour you discover the history of Ligatne paper factory village which was one of the most modern of its time.
5.DAY: LATVIA’S COAST – JURMALA
In the morning we drive to see the seaside. Visit the vibrant coastal town Jurmala, a chance to go for a swim in the Baltic Sea. Walk along Jomas street – the heart of Jurmala.
In the afternoon, do a self-guided bike tour and explore Jurmala. In the mid-19th-century holiday makers began escaping the city to relax in Jurmala and it developed as a resort, often called the ‘’Northern Riviera”. You will cycle along a pine-covered dune, see the expressive wooden architecture, modern villas, and endless sandy beaches. Stop for a swim at one of the 11 established swimming places.
6.DAY: DEPARTURE FROM RIGA
Departure day, transfer to the airport.
- Riga the largest city of the three Baltic capitals;
- Learn ancient traditions in the Carpenters workshop;
- Kayaking down the Gauja River;
- Ligatne Secret Soviet bunker;
- Vibrant coastal town Jurmala.
Package price per person
- EUR 680 (double occupancy)
- EUR 300 (single supplement)
- 2 nights in Riga at hotel Konventa Sēta ***, 1 night in Garkalne at a cosy guest house with sauna access, 1 night in Ligatne at the boutique hotel Zeit, 1 night in Jurmala at hotel Dzintars*** or similar;
- Welcome package with itinerary, map and attraction description;
- Car rental for 6 days*;
- Riga old town, Art Nouveau and Central market guided walking tour;
- Entrance in the Latvian open-air museum, tour and food degustation;
- Carpenter’s workshop;
- Two-way cable car ticket in Sigulda;
- Kayak boat rental in Gauja National Park;
- Ligatne Soviet bunker tour;
- Ligatne guided walking tour;
- Bicycle rental in Jurmala.
Starting from/to Riga airport, day 1. – 6. a VW Polo or a similar car
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Our guide Valdis Ceics was brilliant – sharing his local knowledge and fun facts, telling stories about the history of the Baltic States and how it affected the people. Not only did Valdis speak good English he also had to speak German. In fact on one occasion Valdis was only going to do the german tour, so several of us “jumped ship” and joined him.
June 6, 2019
Right from planning my trip through completion, Baltic Nature Tours team was a pleasure to work with. Ieva was always very responsive to my queries. Valdis was our tour guide and he was very good! He was very accomodating of the group’s preferences and when weather was dicey, he quickly helped pivot to alternatives. He had very good recommendations for things to do in free time as well as restaurant to try. The tours he led were very infortmative and always had a quirky fun edge. Certainly made my Baltics experience very memorable. I had a great experience and would certainly recommend them!
June 4, 2019
My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting Lithuania with the help of our guide Grazina. She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited, several of which were ‘off the beaten path’. Also, our local specialist Ieva arranged local guides for other places we visited such as the Open Air Museum of Lithuania, my grandfather’s village Zemaiciu Naumeistas, and the city of Kleipeda.
May 22 – May 30, 2019
My cousin and I had a great experience in Lithuania! Our tour guide Minda was fantastic and made the trip a special experience for us. We called him our Guardian Angel. As we drove or walked he gave us such great historical and cultural information just as we wanted. He felt like a friend or relative and was so comfortable to spend time with. We highly recommend him.
Leva did a great job helping us with our itinerary. I told her some places we wanted to go and the types of experiences we were looking for and she organized it perfectly for us. When I asked for some changes or soecial requirements like air conditioning she came through. Our only disappointment was not finding Kugelis! We found a dish that was very close though and enjoyed all of our meals. I will recommend Leva and Kimkimtravel to my fellow travelers!
Jun 5 – Jun 11, 2019
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