If we were going to visit Riga for a 5 night break, this is what we would do... one of our favourite Riga city breaks!
A combination of time exploring Riga in the company of our lovely guide Inga (3 hours private walking tour) and free time to visit museums, browse the shops, or people watch from a summer terrace. A day trip out of town with our driver-guide Aldis, to visit the spectacular Rundale Palace and historic town of Bauska. Staying on our handpicked 4 star hotel in the old town, perfect location for eating out in the evening or taking in a concert.
Then it's a private transfer from your hotel to our small country house hotel near Cesis in the Gauja national park region of Latvia. On the way you will visit the Latvian open-air ethnographic museum - a delightful display of ancient houses, farmsteads and way of life from Latvia over the ages. Upon arrival at our country manor house hotel you can choose to simply relax and unwind with your book, or take a hike through the pretty surrounding countryside, or for those feeling more adventurous there is opportunity to mountain bike or kayak!
The next day our local guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you for a day trip of the national park, visiting castles and exploring the small towns and nature.
Somehow for us, this city break encompasses a lot that is Latvia - culture, nature, hospitality...
Flights are NOT included. We are happy for you to book your own flights, or if you prefer, we can do this for you. Please contact us for flight options and prices.
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Itinerary for our Riga & Gauja National Park
DAY 1 - Riga
Arrival Transfer In Riga
You will be met in the arrivals hall by your driver who will be holding a board with your name written on it for your private transfer from Riga airport to your hotel in Riga
Hotel Justus is the perfect place to stay when visiting Riga on a city break or Baltic tour. Housed in a beautifully renovated old town building, Hotel Justus is a 4 star boutique hotel, offering everything our clients look for in a hotel. Excellent location in Riga old town, charm and individual character, lovely friendly staff, and comfortable relaxing rooms.
Owned by a small group of friends, the hotel has been renovated and decorated with artistic energy, and has a local individual style, reflecting the coziness of Riga's old town cobbled streets. The restuarant Aleks offers excellent Latvian cuisine in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
DAY 2 - Riga
Riga 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided 3 hour walking tour of Riga.
DAY 3 - Riga
Excursion To Rundale And Bauska (Castle Included)
This lovely day trip is an opportunity to see some of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in Latvia.
At 10.00 meet your driver and guide in the reception area of your hotel. Arrive at the Bauska Castle Museum around 11am. Visit the fortress ruins and the observation tower, the Jauna Pils (The New Castle) as it is today and an exhibition about the Castle’s history, archaeology and renovation. Then it is on to Rundale Palace. Rundale Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. It was built between 1736 and 1740 as a summer residence for Duke Ernst Johann of Courland. The Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli famous for designing The Winter Palace and the Hermitage in St Petersburg, designed Rundale, his style of work, known as Elizabethan Baroque style, is very beautiful and Rundale Palace is well worth a visit . In 1972 the Rundale Palace Museum was founded and restoration of the palace began. Restoration is not yet completed and is still going on. 15.00 return to Riga arriving at your hotel around 16.00.
DAY 4 - Riga - Cesis
Riga To Cesis Via Open Air Museum Private Transfer
Private transfer from your hotel in Riga to Cesis, with a stop enroute to visit the Open Air Ethnographic Museum of Latvia (tickets to be bought locally).
Karla Manor House
Escape to the country - an idyllic retreat in the Latvian countryside, it doesn't get much better than this. Near the pretty town of Cesis in the Gauja national park region of Latvia, this is one of our favourite manor houses in the Baltics. Enjoy the nature, the culture, the wildflowers and wonderful restaurant. Or get active and go hiking, biking or kayaking in this picturesque part of Latvia.
DAY 5 - Cesis
Three Castles Of Gauja National Park Day Trip (From Cesis)
Visit the scenic Gauja ancient valley with a private driver-guide. The trip will visit the Gutmana Cave, Sigulda medieval Castle, Turaida Castle and Manor Estate with medieval castle, and a stop at Krimulda ancient castle to enjoy great views of the valley.
Lunch can be taken at Ragana (payable locally) on the way to Krimuldas Church.
This tour is of a lovely region, and is very scenic and interesting at all times of the year.
Tour is approximately 6 hours.
DAY 6 - Cesis - Riga
Cesis - Riga Airport Private Transfer
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Cesis and drive you to Riga airport.
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