CITY BREAK IN MEDIEVAL LATVIA
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A long weekend in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – Riga.
With its 8-centuries history, that Riga has successfully preserved, the city has rightfully earned its spot in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
That and the lively, attractive hospitality industry, alongside the surrounding abundant nature, make it the perfect city break destination!
The tranquil calm of the countryside or the rhythmic beats of the city’s hustle and bustle; head-spinning nightlife or horizon-broadening sightseeing, whatever your cup of tea is, Riga is sure to serve it!
What you need to know about your city break experience in Latvia
It will be colourful, varied, relaxing and exhilarating, full of impressions! We will visit Riga's Old Town, marvel at the Medieval architecture, sample local wines and cuisine, explore castles, caves and wind down in cosy cafes and restaurants. We will spend a day at Sigulda, a breathtakingly beautiful town 54km away from Riga! To learn more about the monuments we'll visit there, scroll down!
THIS HOLIDAY PACKAGE INCLUDES
Meet and transfer from/to Riga airport
2 nights in 4-star hotel (double room for single use)
Group coordination work
2 guided tours with transfers
Wine tasting at the Krimulda manor house,
2 breakfasts with a rich buffet
THIS HOLIDAY PACKAGE DOESN'T INCLUDE
Flights, SPA, lunch, dinner
(Duration: around 2 hours and 30 minutes.)
08.09 FR2645 Riga to London Stansted at 21.55 pm
Double room for single use is £285
PLACES WE'LL VISIT ON OUR TOUR TO SIGULDA
Turaida Castle in Sigulda
Turaida Museum Reserve is located 50 km (31 miles) north-east of Riga, on the right bank of the picturesque Gauja River. It covers an area of 41 hectares, with 37 historical buildings and structures situated in the area. The Forum of European Museums in Barcelona awarded Turaida Museum Reserve a special diploma of recognition for achievement and a winner sign, which is presented annually to the top 10 museums in Europe. According to statistics, it is visited by about 170 thousand tourists per year. Turaida Castle is one of the most popular historical museum complexes in Latvia.
The legendary Gutman Cave is considered the largest on the territory of the Baltic countries. It is 18 meters deep, 10 meters high and 12 meters wide. The total area of the cave is 170 square meters. There's a stream of spring water flowing through the inside of the cave. On the walls in the cave is adorned by inscriptions dating back to few hundred years ago. According to legend, there was a tragic story about a beautiful girl named Maija, who died between the cold stones.
In XVII century, a manor house was formed in the territory of Sigulda castle. To this day, some of the buildings from XVIII and XIX century have remained. From the days of the hosts von der Borch and Kropotkin – Summer Castle, New Castle, White Castle, the house steward, house for servants, barn, laundry, cellar for storage of root crops and vegetables – are all still standing.
Wine tasting in the country house
We invite you to visit the countryside winery and taste the wines. A unique opportunity to not only indulge yourself with the wonderful aromatic wines from a variety of flowers and berries but also unearth the winemakers' secrets of brewing homemade wine and producing about 15 different varieties of house wine. During the tasting, you can try 4 kinds of wine, as well as choose the one you've like the most and buy it.
Arrival in Riga in the morning; meeting at the airport; transfer to hotel and check-in.
Lunch in the hotel; 2-hour tour of the Old Town with a guide.
Dinner in a medieval restaurant in the centre of Old Riga. It used to be the most ancient wine-vault and festival location in Riga City in 1293.
Transfer back to the hotel.
Leisure time, rest.
Night at the hotel.
07.30am – 09.30am Breakfast at the hotel restaurant; meeting the guide in the hotel lobby.
10.00am – 11.00am Transfer to Sigulda. The guide begins the tour of Riga.
11.00am – 3.30pm 5-hour tour of Sigulda including: Medieval Castle Turaida, Gutmanis cave (the biggest sandstone cave in the Baltic States); visiting the manor house winery in Krimulda. Tasting of wine and spirits, produced in the private winery.
4.00pm – 5.30pm Lunch at a cosy Latvian-style cafe.
5.30pm – 6:30pm Transfer to Riga
Rest, Leisure time.
Night at the hotel.
07.30am – 09.30am Breakfast in hotel restaurant
12.30pm – 1.30pm Hotel check-out
1:30pm – 3:30pm Lunch at the most popular leisure centre in Riga “Lido”.
3.30pm – 7.30pm Free time in Riga's city centre
8.00pm – 8.30pm Airport transfer.
9.55pm Flight to London