Self-drive winter experience in Latvia
Self-drive

Winter experience in Latvia

  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Riga - Sigulda -Rundale - Kuldīga - Kemeri - Jurmala - Riga
  • November - March

Program

DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN RIGA

Welcome to Riga! Pick up your rental car at the Riga airport and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Riga at AC Hotel Riga by Marriott**** or similar.

DAY 2. DISCOVER RIGA 

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of three Baltic capitals, and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Take a guided walking tour to see the Art Nouveau most famous buildings on the streets of Alberta and Elizabeth, as well as the Old Town with Riga’s Castle and the Three Brothers houses, oldest dwellings in the city.

Make a visit to the Riga Central Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Taste smoked meat, pickled vegetables, Latvian bread, seasonal treats, and more. The market opened in 1930, and it consists of five former Zeppelin airship hangars.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Riga at AC Hotel Riga by Marriott**** or similar.

DAY 3. GAUJA NATIONAL PARK / RIGA – SIGULDA (DRIVE 50~ KM)

In the morning, drive to the heart of the Gauja National Park and Sigulda town, also known as the Little Switzerland of Latvia. In Sigulda you’ll visit the bobsleigh track and go for a Soft bob ride. On the ride you’ll slide down 16 turns and over 1200m. This activity promises to deliver an adrenaline-fuelled experience that will last long in the memory.

Next adventure is waiting for you at Sigulda Castle Quater. In one of the historical buildings participate in a walking stick workshop. Making walking sticks in Sigulda has more than 200 years old history. Already in the 19th century, the guidebooks say that “a walking stick can be bought from a boy for a walk along Sigulda’s ravines.”

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Sigulda at Sigulda Hotel***

DAY 4. LATVIA’S PALACE | SIGULDA – RUNDALE CASTLE – KULDIGA (DRIVE ~300 KM)

After breakfast drive to Rundale Palace and on a guided tour immerse yourself in the Latvia’s most beautiful palace.  The Rundale Palace is like a time capsule of 18th-century, a beautifully preserved and restored Baroque architecture ensemble. It is built by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also created for the Russian tsars Winter and Tsarskoye Selo Palaces. Afterwards continue to Kuldiga.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Kuldiga at Jekaba Seta hotel*** or similar.

DAY 5. MOST ROMANTIC TOWN IN LATVIA | KULDIGA

Kuldiga is an architectural gem! Join a guided walking tour to see the romantic blend of Kuldiga’s architecture, small winding streets and channels. The heart of the town is the Venta River and the Ventas Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe. Discover this charming place at a slow pace. Free time in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight in Kuldiga at Jekaba Seta hotel*** or similar.

 

DAY 6. SNOWSHOEING IN KEMERI NATIONAL PARK | KULDIGA – KEMERI – JURMALA (DRIVE ~90 KM)

In the morning, discover the Kemeri National Park on a guided snowshoeing tour. The Kemeri town was one of the most popular resorts in the whole Soviet Union, and has remained its charm also nowadays. Kemeri is known for its sulfur water springs and large bog territories. After the tour continue to Jurmala. Latvia’s most famous resort town Jurmala stretches 30 km along the seaside. Take a break from the city on the sandy Jurmala beach. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the pine forest dunes without any rush.

Meals included: Breakfast

Overnight: Jurmala at Kurshi hotel and Spa**** or similar.

DAY 7. DEPARTURE FROM RIGA

Departure day, drop off the rental car at the Riga airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Price in double occupancy

Two persons travelling is 910 EUR per person.

Included
  • 6 overnights per program in centrally located 3-star / 4-star hotels;
  • VW Polo or similar car rental for 7 days;
  • Walking tour in Riga, and Kuldiga;
  • Soft Bob ride in Sigulda bobsleigh track;
  • Walking stick workshop in Sigulda;
  • Snowshoeing tour in Kemeri National Park;
  • Rundale Palace tour.
Not included
  • Any meals or drinks not mentioned in program;
  • Gratitudes.
How to dress

In winter, temperatures often drop well below zero degrees Celsius. Please, dress accordingly to the weather forecast! Due to very changeable weather, layering is the key to enjoying the tour. Any warm and comfortable shoes are good enough for this tour.

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Baltic nature travel
5.0
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Sheila Dunk
Sheila Dunk
2022-06-04T01:33:30+0000
Absolutely brilliant day out with Valdis, we didn’t stop talking from the moment he picked me up. He was knowledgeable... about the area, answered all my questions about Latvia and was just delightful to be with.The area of the hike was stunning, we got some good spots for views and pictures, the weather was beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. The hike isn’t difficult, plenty of ups and downs and with a decent level of fitness anyone can do this hike.read more
Betti Sewell
Betti Sewell
2020-11-28T17:19:37+0000
The hike was beautiful and Valdis was relaxed, helpful and informative. Highly recommended.
Chris Palin
Chris Palin
2020-11-15T07:39:38+0000
Had a great experience with Valdis. The hike was really interesting with lots of points of interest including an... abandoned bob sleigh track. A great guide, fantastic day out.10 out of 10 I would definitely recommend to anybodyread more
Elisa Bozzotto
Elisa Bozzotto
2020-10-31T21:30:28+0000
I love the atmosphere in the group and the offered trails. They show a part of the countryside that is still not yet... well know but definitely worth seeing. With woods that look like the one from a fairy story book and really good company it's definitely a suggested tou experience for the lovers of outdoors activities..The guide is super available and offer explanations and curiosity. Particularly useful is the description of how to reach the starting point with public transport (even with the specific schedule time). So I definitely recommend it 😉read more
Lina Kulikauskaite
Lina Kulikauskaite
2020-10-31T18:04:12+0000
Nicely chosen trail 🍂🌲very friendly and supportive guide. Had a lot of fun! Looking forward for next trip 👣📸
Kristīna Kļimoviča
Kristīna Kļimoviča
2020-10-05T05:49:53+0000
I am very grateful to Valdis for leading our hike through the Gauja National Park near Sigulda. It was the perfect... combination of the city sightseeing and enjoying nature. Valdis made stops at the most remarkable objects both in the city and in nature and told the most important things, which were neither too much nor too little. He really took good care of the group. Thank you for this day! Highly recommended!read more
Victor Papin
Victor Papin
2020-10-04T15:43:17+0000
Great welcoming & service, great hike.
Oskars Ikstens
Oskars Ikstens
2018-04-27T12:18:35+0000
Zane Kurševa
Zane Kurševa
2018-04-22T14:12:43+0000
Armīns Maslovskis
Armīns Maslovskis
2018-04-22T13:39:50+0000
Liene Lote Čemme
Liene Lote Čemme
2018-03-01T14:27:46+0000
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