Best of Latvia
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN RIGA
Welcome to the capital of Latvia! Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city of the three Baltic countries. It is situated right on the Baltic coast at the mouth of the River Daugava. A great place to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Latvia. Founded more than 800 years ago, Riga’s historic district is home to many medieval buildings, Art Nouveau dwelling houses, Gothic churches and historic wooden structures, creating an interesting mix of architectural styles.
DAY 2: RIGA
After breakfast, you will head straight to the Old Town for a morning walking tour of Riga. You will visit such medieval landmarks as the 14th century Riga Castle; the Cathedral, built in 1211; the 15th-century St. Peter’s Church; the Swedish Gate, a fortification built in 1698 as a part of defensive city walls, and other historic buildings.
The afternoon is reserved for a guided walking tour of Other Riga in order to explore the “Moscow suburbs”. You will visit the impressive Soviet Stalin-era skyscraper – The Academy of Sciences. It was the first skyscraper in the republic. Enjoy a great panoramic view from the top of this landmark! Later you will explore the vivid and busy life of the Riga Central Market, located in the old Zeppelin hangars. This market is very popular among locals as everyone can find what they need – you will see a plenty of local and seasonal produce as well as products coming from overseas.
DAY 3: RIGA – SIGULDA
You will enjoy a slow start of the day and continue to the Gauja National Park – the largest and oldest national park in Latvia. You will listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see ancient sights like the Castle ruins in Turaida and Sigulda. To cap the experience, you will hop in a cable car for a fun and scenic ride 141 feet (43 meters) above the unspoiled Gauja Valley. This trip affords views of the woods, countryside castles and even a bobsled track.
DAY 4: SIGULDA – CESIS – SIGULDA
After breakfast, head to Cesis, the medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. Cesis attracts with lovely streets and charming ruins of the medieval castle. Despite the wars, the old town has remained almost unchanged. On the guided walking tour you will see such highlights as the Roze Square, Princess House and St. John’s Church. The eight hundred years long history of Cesis is visible not only on the streets but also in Cesis castle complex. Inside the medieval castle you will receive a lantern and climb up its towers.
DAY 5: SIGULDA – RUNDALE – KULDIGA
In the morning you will reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. On the guided tour of Rundale Palace you will see the impressive Baroque palace and gardens complex situated in the plains of southern Latvia, offering a little bit of Versailles in the Baltics. It was commissioned by the Duke of Courland in 1736 to be used as his summer residence. Today it is a museum. After Rundale, you will continue to Kuldiga.
DAY 6: KULDIGA
In the morning you will join a guided walking tour to see the blend of Kuldiga’s medieval architecture, small winding streets and natural wonders. One of the town’s highlights is its riverside, where you will see the widest waterfall in Europe, stretching 800 feet (249 m) across the Venta River. After exploring the town’s charms, rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.
DAY 7: KULDIGA – LIEPAJA
Next stop is Liepaja, a vibrant port city with its own character. Liepaja is known as a city “where the wind is born”. To catch the wind, you will join a guided walking tour. Liepaja has an artistic soul and is known for its rock-musicians. There is even an alley of fame where many famous Latvian bands and musicians have placed their hand prints.
DAY 8: LIEPAJA – KOLKA – JURMALA
In the morning you will continue along the Baltic coast to Cape Kolka, where the Baltic Sea meets the Riga Bay. After, you will continue towards Riga, passing by various fishing villages and stop in Jurmala, the most famous resort town in Latvia. Jurmala is famous for its white-sand beach and elegant wooden houses built in the Art Nouveau style.
DAY 9: JURMALA – KEMERI – JURMALA
In the morning you will head from Jurmala to Kemeri – former sulfur water and mud resort town, once famous, it has fallen from its former glory, only architectural monuments are left to speak of the former splendour of the Kemeri resort. Kemeri is located within the Kemeri National Park which is known for its great biological diversity, especially, bogs and swamps.
In Kemeri National Park you will visit the historical resort. See the wet broadleaf forest, small pine trees, deep pools, and tiny dark lakes on the Black Alder swamp and Great Kemeri Bog boardwalk, allowing you to see absolutely wild nature without getting your feet wet.
DAY 10: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, at the appropriate time, you will transfer to the airport for your flight home. This concludes your grand Baltic adventure. Until next time!
Price in double occupancy
- In 4-star hotels for 2 persons traveling is 2280 EUR per
- In 3-star hotels for 2 persons traveling is 2140 EUR per person.
- In 4-star hotels for 4 persons traveling is 1470 EUR per person.
- In 3-star hotels for 4 persons traveling is 1330 EUR per person.
- In 4-star hotels for 6 persons traveling is 1200 EUR per person.
- In 3-star hotels for 6 persons traveling is 1060 EUR per person.
- In 4-star hotels for 8 persons traveling is 1070 EUR per person.
- In 3-star hotels for 8 persons traveling is 920 EUR per person.
Single supplement in 4-star hotels – 550 EUR
Single supplement in 3-star hotels – 430 EUR
- 10 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;
- The Kemeri National Park sightseeing tour;
- Entrances in Academy of Sciences sight platform, Cable Car, Turaida Castle Museum, Sigulda Castle Complex, Cesis Castle and Rundale Palace.
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