Places Covered: RIGA
Duration: See Below
Tour Cost: See Below
Arriving from your chosen airport to Riga.
Meet and greet the guide. Transfer to chosen hotel for 4 nights (~20 min). Check in. A walking tour through Riga Old Town seeing remarkable sites like St.Peter's Church with its famous rooster, St.Jacobs Church, Dom Square and Dom Cathedral, home to one of the world's most valuable historic organs. The Powder Tower and city walls will make you feel the breath of the medieval. The guide will tell you about the oldest stone residential dwellings in Riga, the Three Brothers, the Great and Small Guilds, and the fortification wall of Riga with the Swedish Gate the last surviving gate in the wall. The guide will introduce you to the intriguing story of the Cat House and show you Town Hall Square with the beautiful and elegant Blackheads House. The tour will take visitors to Riga Castle founded in 1330, the Parliament, the Monument of Liberty and fantastic Riga`s Opera House.
Free time for enjoying the city on your own - different bars, clubs, lounges and casinos here are for all tastes.
Most of them open till early morning hours on weekends.
RIGA - JURMALA - RIGA
Breakfast in hotel. Drive through Art Nouveau district.
Walk to Art Nouveau district. Riga is like a museum of architecture, covering periods from Gothic to Classicism. But the real treasure of the city is the largest and best-preserved collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. This fact was corroborated by UNESCO in 1997 and now the central section of Riga is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Riga is sometimes called the "capital" of Art Nouveau thanks to the heritage of 800 buildings of Art Nouveau. The exteriors of the Art Nouveau buildings are imaginatively decorative and won`t leave guests incurious or without an opinion.
Drive to Jurmala - a world-famous seaside resort situated only 20 km from Riga. The natural curative features of this place were already well known more than 150 years ago.
Nowadays endless golden beaches, Baltic Sea, salubrious air and the unique beauty of pine forests attract tourists. Jurmala is a cozy European town composed of houses plunged into the parks and forests. Here you can come across wooden country houses from beginning of the 20th century as well as modern cottages. Surrounded by pine trees, the wooden cottages of Jurmala are unique monuments of cultural heritage; in which Classicism, Art Nouveau, National Romanticism and Functionalism harmoniously co-exist. This place is a must for those who are planning to visit Latvia in spring or summer.
Return in Riga in afternoon. Have a free time for leisure.
RIGA - SIGULDA - RIGA
After breakfast drive to Sigulda.
Sigulda is a place where the beauty of nature is an integral part of the town. It is situated on a picturesque stretch of the Gauja River Valley and is known as the "Switzerland of Vidzeme" because of the reddish Devonian sandstone which forms rocks and caves on both banks of the river. The town is particularly beautiful on clear autumn days because of the rich range of colors in the trees. Discover historic monuments, museums, natural objects and attractions like Sigulda New Castle, Turaida Medieval Castle built in 1214, the wooden church built in 1750, and a sculpture garden dedicated to Latvian folklore on Dainu Hill, Gutmanis Cave - the deepest internal erosion cave in the Baltic states, measuring 19m deep, 12m wide and 10m high, is not only a natural wonder, but also a place steeped in myths and legends. Return in Riga in afternoon.
Overnight in hotel in Riga.
RIGA - RUNDALE - RIGA
Breakfast in hotel.
Drive to Rundale which is one of the most visited sights in Latvia. Rundale Palace, once the summer residence of the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron, is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. Built from 1736 to 1740 the palace was designed by outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The splendid interior of the palace dazzled contemporaries.
Crystal chandeliers, silk wallpaper, sculptures, luxurious tiled fireplaces, mirrors, elegant galleries and refined colours and frescos were made by Italian artists Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucci.
Rundale Palace Garden
The selection of plants for the park is based on information obtained from 18th century garden descriptions and books on Baroque gardens. The park of Rundale Palace is an essential part of the palace complex; it has retained its original layout without any significant changes. The garden was created between 1736 and 1740, at the same time as the palace was constructed. The park was not affected by modernization in the 19th century when formal gardens were transformed into landscape gardens. Cartography and inventory carried out in 1974 revealed that in the 19th century trees in the park were still planted according to Rastrelli’s design.
Free time for lunch in Palace. Late afternoon return and owernight in Riga.
After breakfast check out.
Have a free time to take last photos and to buy souvenirs.
Transfer to Airport.