Best of Latvia 3 Days Sightseeing Tour
Arrival in Riga International airport. Transfer from airport to the hotel on arrival. Night at the Hotel in Riga.
DAY 1: The Capital of Latvia – Rīga
This excursion will allow you to enjoy two of the most popular attractions in Riga: Old Riga and Art Nouveau architecture. You will see everything that makes Riga a destination worth visiting – experience the medieval atmosphere on the narrow streets of Old Riga that date back as far as the 13th century and admire the exquisite Art Nouveau architecture with some of the most well-preserved examples in Europe.
Forty percent of the buildings in Riga center belong to art Nouveau Architecture, which is more than in any other European city. Moreover, enthusiasts believe that Art Nouveau in Riga is particularly inspired and expressive.
To ensure the conservation of Old Riga, Riga’s wooden buildings and Art Nouveau architecture, the historic center of Riga has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Lunch in Old town.
In the afternoon you will explore Riga by boat on the city canal and the River Daugava (on the season). The ride will take you under 16 of the Old Town’s bridges, through the marvelous city parks and along Riga’s panorama on the largest river in Latvia, the Daugava. During the boat ride you will see the city from a whole new angle and perspective.
Dinner in Riga. Night at the Hotel in Riga.
DAY 2: Bauska – Rundāle – Jūrmala
Your journey will continue to Bauska – a town with magnificent location in a place, where two rivers, the Mūsa and the Mēmele, join to become the second biggest river in Latvia, the River Lielupe. You will explore impressive Bauska Castle. The oldest part of Bauska Castle is a spectacular 15th century Livonian Order fortress. The castle stands upon a peninsula at the junction of two rivers that form a natural defense line. The newest part of Bauska Castle, the residence of the Duke of Courland, was built at the end of the 16th century. Bauska Castle is the only castle in Latvia that boasts renaissance- and mannerism-style architecture and applied arts characteristic to the Duchy of Courland.
Next stop in the tour will bring you to Rundāle Palace – a true baroque pearl in an untouched Latvian scenery. The so-called Latvian Versailles was built over two periods: 1736–1740 and 1764–1768 and it is designed by the celebrated architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who is also the author of the famous Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. During the excursion, you will explore not only the palace itself, but also it’s unique French garden.
Lunch in Bauska.
You will discover Jūrmala – the most popular resort in Latvia. During the afternoon excursion, you will take a walk on Jomas Street, which is a kilometer-long pedestrian street leading you through the heart of the resort, enjoy the beauty of white sand beach in the city center and see Jūrmala from above from the Dzintari Forest Park observation tower.
Dinner in the hotel. Night at the Hotel in Riga.
Day 3: Turaida – Sigulda – Cēsis
You will travel to Turaida Museum Reserve. Here you will take a walk in more than 43 hectares territory full of artistic and historical pearls. The name Turaida means “God’s garden” in Livonian, and today the whole Reserve has the same special energy as it’s ancient name. The exciting excursion will take you on a journey through 1000 years of Latvian history. The highlight of the excursion will be the breath taking view of the primeval valley of the River Gauja which you will enjoy from the castle tower. Built in the 13th century, the big round tower, or Bergfried, is the main part of the castle, hence the name Main Tower.
Lunch in Sigulda.
You will continue to Cēsis – not only one of the oldest but also one of the most inherently Latvian towns. Picturesque landscape, historical testimony and a quiet rhythm of a small-town life… Cēsis will charm you! No less interesting is that with a history of more than 800 years, Cēsis is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in the Baltics.
You will spend exciting part of the day in Cēsis Castle complex with the park is a great place for enjoying nature and history. In Medieval castle you will have an unforgettable possibility to climb up to the tower and see the view of the city, as well as climb down to the old prison. New castle will introduce you with History and Art exhibitions.
Dinner in Riga. Night at the Hotel in Riga.
Day 4: Transfer from hotel to the airport.