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Itinerary for Riga Christmas Market Escorted Group Tour

Riga Christmas Market Escorted Group Tour

The cobbled streets of beautiful Old Riga, decorated for Christmas celebrations, old town squares filled with Christmas market stalls, spiced cider and mulled wine in the air... Cosy cafes and excellent restaurants, crafts stalls and boutiques, all enjoyed in a most charming festive atmosphere. Come and get festive in Riga!

3 nights * 5 star hotel * Sightseeing & Christmas Markets * Opera or Festival Tickets * Departs December 2018 & January 2019 * Escorted group tour * From 230 EUR pp

DAY 1 (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL RIGA

Arrival in Riga, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene*****, check-in; welcome meeting, optional welcome dinner at hotel.
 

DAY 2 (FRIDAY): RIGA

Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The tour ends at the Old Town Hall Square where we join the bustle of the traditional Christmas Market and shop for unique gifts. The afternoon offers an optional tour to Riga Art Nouveau district and a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum. The tour ends with warming drink with the traditional Riga Black Balsam. In the evening we attend a ballet or opera performance at the Latvian National Opera or the European Christmas Festival. 


DAY 3 (SATURDAY): RIGA

The morning offers on optional Candle Workshop, where we will acquire knowledge about candle making and the history of candles under the guidance of professionals! We will try our own skills in candle making, making candles of different shapes and colours and creating aromatic candles. The optional guided shopping tour in the afternoon will take us to interior decoration and design stores, art galleries and fashion boutiques in the Old Town with the main focus on local brands and artists. En route we enjoy a warm cup of coffee with Latvian Christmas pastry at a cosy café. In the evening an optional farewell dinner at the elegant Restaurant Forest is on offer. 


DAY 4 (SUNDAY): RIGA DEPARTURE

Optional transfer to airport.
 

Overview

DEPARTURE DATES 2018 - 2019

Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date

6th December - 9th December 2018
13th December - 16th December 2018
3rd January - 6th January 2019


TOUR INCLUDES

3 overnights at centrally located Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene*****
3 x buffet breakfast
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
3-hours guided walking tour of Riga Old Town
Entrance to the Riga History and Navigation Museum
1 ticket to Latvia National Opera or European Christmas festival
Service of English speaking local guide

Notes

OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose the tours to suit you!

Transfer from airport/harbour to Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene: EUR 35.00 for private car (1–3 pax), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4–7 pax)
Welcome dinner at hotel: EUR 35.00 pp
3-hours visit to Riga Art Nouveau district with a visit to Art Nouveau museum: EUR 35.00 pp
3-hours Candle Workshop: EUR 40.00 pp
Guided shopping tour: EUR 25.00 pp
Farewell dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 45.00 pp
Transfer from Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene to Riga airport/harbour: EUR 35.00 for private car (1–3 pax), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4–7 pax)


FLIGHTS

Please note flights are NOT included in this package.  If you wish to add flights to your booking please contact us, or feel free to book your own. If your chosen flights do not coincide with the tour dates and you need to spend an extra night or two before or after the tour please call or email us and we can arrange this for you.

PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS

If required we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.

Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).

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BRIAN & SUE HOLLEY, NEW ZEALAND, SEPTEMBER 2017

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