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LATVIA WAS RANKED 5TH TOP COUNTRY TO VISIT NEXT YEAR - LONELY PLANET
The 'Hello Latvia' Tour is designed to provide a balanced overview of the culinary and cultural life of Latvia. Rob and Mara will make this an exciting adventure into one of the most beautiful and culturally rich parts of Northern Europe.
Package includes transport to and from Riga airport; comfortable accommodation with ensuite in a boutique hotel on the cobbled streets of the old city; daily breakfast; welcome drinks; tastings; day tours to picturesque country areas; entry fees; cooking class and a daily main meal such as a traditional Latvian barbeque, a medieval feast and high end dining using quality local produce.
Itinerary: (Please note it may be subject to minor changes)
Day 1: Arrival to Riga. Complimentary welcome drinks followed by dinner in the old city showcasing modern Latvian food.
Day 2: Architectural walk amidst Art Nouveau buildings finishing in the buzz of the old city – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit an historic KGB site along the way. Free afternoon. A la carte dinner in a city restaurant – stroll along cobbled streets to reach this picture postcard place.
Day 3: Day tour to the Zemgale region. Explore medieval and baroque castles, enjoy a sumptuous lunch (with an opportunity to taste many traditional dishes) and outdoor walks before heading back to the city. Evening – Free time.
Day 4: Tour of the vast Central Markets with tastings. We then visit an outdoor Ethnographic open air museum to see past life in Latvia set in a picturesque forest by a lake. Time for a rest before drinks in a medieval underground restaurant followed by a festive evening in an underground folk club.
Day 5: Day tour to the Vidzeme region. Stunning river views, a drive through the Gauja National Park flanked with birch trees and wildflowers, picnic lunch and castles. We finish the day with an outdoor dinner in a village brewery. Our chef has been nominated the Ambassador for Gastronomy in the Riga Gauja Region. A unique event with authentic Latvian experiences.
Day 6: Morning : Enjoy a leisurely morning and afternoon before heading to our cooking class in one of Riga’s top restaurants. Celebrate your class with a sit down dinner in a private room.
Day 7: Day tour to the resort town of Jurmala, a short drive from Riga and home of wooden architecture, a 26km beach lined with pine forests and a township of cafes, restaurants and shops. A guided walk through the forest to the beach is followed by free time to explore the township. In the evening , a degustation dinner in the old city where we meet the chef and sample his fresh approach to traditional flavours and Latvian produce.
Day 8: End of tour. Return taxi to Riga Airport.
You may wish to extend your holiday at your own expense: Tour the other Baltic states of Estonia and Lithuania – Catch a ferry to Stockholm – Fly to Helsinki, Copenhagen – or a train to Gdansk, Poland.
Cost of package (Land content only):
€2,700 euros per person (own room)
€2,250 euros per person (share double/twin room)
This is a boutique tour with a maximum of 10 people per group
My wine consultant husband, Rob, accompanies us on this tour.