The highlights of Latvia– local tradition experience
Multi-day tour

The highlights of Latvia– local tradition experience

  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Latvia
  • Riga - Garkalne - Gauja National park - Jurmala

Program

DAY 1: ARRIVAL RIGA

Arrival in Riga, optional transfer to the hotel Konventa Sēta ***or similar, check-in, welcome meeting with your tour leader in the hotel lobby.

DAY 2: 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.

DAY 3: 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 cozy 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 cozy guest house and enjoy the tranquillity that brings Latvian forest.

DAY 4: 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.

In the afternoon we go to the Gauja National park’s most hidden jewel Ligatne and have a local wine degustation. Enjoy the tranquillity of 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.

DAY 5: LATVIA’S COAST – JURMALA

In the morning we drive to see the seaside. To 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 bike tour and explore Jurmala. In the mid-19th-century holidaymakers 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.

DAY 6: DEPARTURE

Optional transfer to the airport

Services included

  • 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
  • Transport with English speaking tour leader throughout the itinerary
  • 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 wine degustation
  • Ligatne guided walking tour
  • Bicycle rental in Jurmala
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Package Price Per Person
  • EUR 560.00 (double occupancy)
  • EUR 250.00 (single supplement optional)
Optional Transfers
  • Transfer airport to Hotel: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private van (4-7 persons)
  • Transfer Hotel to airport: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private van (4-7 persons)
Tour information
  • Group size: 2 – 12 persons
  • Single supplement: If you are travelling alone and prefer privacy you can opt for a private room. If you would prefer a cheaper shared room instead, let us know and we will try to pair you with another Baltic Nature Travel traveller of the same sex. If it won’t be possible, the single supplement is mandatory.

*Note:

Due to very changeable weather, layering is key to enjoying your trip to the Baltics and rain protection is a must-have.

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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
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2018-03-01T14:27:46+0000
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