Sightseeing Tour in Latvia and Estonia
Arrival in Riga International Airport. Transfer from airport to the hotel. Night at the Hotel in Riga
DAY 1: Exploring Riga – The capital of Latvia
The Old Town of Riga
Accompanied by a guide, you will stroll through the narrow streets of the medieval Hanseatic town, marvel at the mighty Riga Cathedral and see the Great and Small Guild, as well as Riga Castle. You will also visit the Town Hall Square, which was the city’s central square from the 13th century up to the 19th century. The most impressive building in this square is the resplendent gothic-style House of the Blackheads. During the excursion, you will see other noteworthy places in Riga as well, such as St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gate and the Powder Tower.
Art Nouveau district & Art Nouveau Museum
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.
Also we will visit The Riga Art Nouveau Museum, opened on 23 April 2009. Here the authentic 1903 interior has been turned into a museum. The current exposition depicts what a typical apartment in Riga looked like at the beginning of the 20th century. The building has a spiral staircase with a painted ceiling. This Art Nouveau staircase is one of the most impressive, not only in Riga but in all of Europe.
Lunch – Riga city center or old town.
In the afternoon we will explore Riga by boat on the city canal and the river Daugava. 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. This boat ride is a chance to see the city from a whole new angle and perspective.
Dinner in the hotel or old town. Night at the Hotel in Riga.
DAY 2: Two pearls of Zemgale region – Rundāle Palace and Bauska Castle
Rundāle Palace is a true baroque pearl in an untouched Latvian scenery. The so-called Latvian Versailles was built over two periods: 1736–1740 and 1764–1768. Rundāle Palace was 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 its French garden.
Lunch in Bauska City.
After lunch we will discover Bauska Castle. The castle stands upon a peninsula at the junction of the River Mūsa and the River Mēmele that form a natural defense line. The oldest part of Bauska Castle is a spectacular 15th century Livonian Order fortress. 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.
Dinner in the hotel. Night at the Hotel in Riga.
Day 3: Historical Turaida museum reserve and Medieval Cēsis
Turaida Museum Reserve has a large territory full of artistic and historical pearls. The name Turaida means ‘God’s garden’ in Livonian. This exciting excursion will take you on a journey through 1000 years of Latvian history. The highlight of the excursion will be the breathtaking view of the primeval valley of the River Gauja 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 near Turaida
In the afternoon we will travel to Cēsis – not only one of the oldest but also one of the most inherently Latvian towns. No matter the season, visitors of Cēsis appreciate the historical and cultural heritage, the beauty of nature and the quiet rhythm of a small-town life. With a history of more than 800 years, Cēsis is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in the Baltics. You will explore this small yet surprising town together with our guide. The Cēsis Medieval Castle with the park is a great place for enjoying nature and history. The castle offers a fantastic historical excursion with various activities characteristic of the Middle Ages, such as archery.
Dinner in Valga City. Night at the Hotel in Tartu.
Day 4: Tartu and Tallinn – Two largest cities of Estonia
Tartu is a city of students, science and creative culture. It is the second biggest city in Estonia with one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe and a large classical-style Town Hall Square. Tartu is very compact, with restaurants and entertainment spots all contained within a couple of parallel streets. Together with a guide, you will stroll through Tartu Old Town and get to know its history, culture and architecture better.
Lunch in Tartu.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and the perfect destination for your holiday if you are looking to combine the comforts of the modern world with exciting nightlife and cultural adventures in a historical environment. Even though Tallinn was founded in the early Middle Ages, today it is a mixture of the old and modern.
Old Town. The reason why the Old Town is so charming is that it is the most well-preserved medieval town in Northern Europe. It takes pride in its gothic church spires, cobblestone streets and wonderful architecture. Many visitors describe it as mystical and unusual. The lengthy walk through the Old Town will make you feel the past, the present and the future.
Dinner in the hotel or in the Old town. Night at the Hotel in Tallinn.
Day 5: Exploring Tallinn beyond the Old Town
Kadriorg Palace and Park is considered the most grandiose palace and park complex in Estonia. The palace is a well-preserved early 18th century (1718–1725) imperial summer residence. Built in the best of Italian traditions, the main facade of this baroque-style palace has three floors, while the back facade has two floors. Currently, this building houses the collection of foreign art from the Art Museum of Estonia.
Lunch in Tallinn.
The most interesting museum in Europe – the Seaplane Harbour
The exposition at the historical seaplane hangar consists of 200 real-life exhibits, such as the submarine Lembit, a 100-year-old icebreaker Suur Tõll, seaplane Short 184, the oldest shipwreck of Estonian origin, etc. Visit café MARU and the museum’s shop too.
A journey around the world in a submarine, a chance to be photographed in a navy uniform, an aquarium, simulators, paper planes, children’s corner with drawing supplies, building blocks and a real sailboat, as well as a playground outside – the programs and materials for independent visits are playful and broaden the minds of both adults and children.
You will have a chance to explore the history of seafaring and participate in activities with hands-on exhibits.
Kumu Art Museum. Opened in 2006, Kumu is the grand main building of the Art Museum of Estonia that has several functions. It houses the majority of collections from the Art Museum of Estonia, the conservation-restoration department, public library, the Kumu Art Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, gallery of modern art, a lecture theatre and educational centre. Kumu’s permanent exhibition introduces visitors to Estonian art from the beginning of the 18th century up to 1991, while temporary exhibitions include foreign and contemporary art.
Dinner in Tallinn. Night at the Hotel in Tallinn.
Day 6: Transfer from hotel to the airport.