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15 September 2019Riga - Latvia's Cultural Capital

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Riga - Latvia's Cultural Capital
15/09/2019

Riga

From Sunday 15 - Friday 20 September 2019

Organised on behalf of the Arts Society Greenwich by Heritage Travel

£725 pp sharing, twin/double room.  £100 single room supplement.

Although flights are not included in the tour price Heritage Group Travel can book flights on your behalf and will pass on the airfare at cost price plus an administration fee of £10 per person. We anticipate flights to be in the region of £150 - £250 per person.

 

The Historic Centre of Riga has arguably the finest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. With its well- preserved medieval core the city has been recognised by UNESCO and is inscribed on the World Heritage List. The city has held the title of European Capital of Culture, during 2014, and undoubtedly offers a wealth of history and culture to uncover and explore.

Tour highlights include:

The Old Town, we will be joined by a local guide for a walking tour of the Old Town of Riga, a tapestry of gabled storehouses, restored 15th century merchants’ houses, gothicspires and baroque churches, as well as many fine civic buildings from the 19th century.

Dome Cathedralthe largest medieval church in the Baltic States and an epitomy of Old Riga's architectural diversity, blending Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo- Classicalstyles. Duringourvisitwewillhavetheopportunitytoenjoy the unique sound of the Cathedral’s great organ during aConcerto Piccolo performance.

Boat trip on Riga Canal, which surrounds the Old Town of Riga. The canal was originally constructed as a fortressmoat and in the late 1800s was converted to today’s canalwhich affords views of historic Riga.

Art Nouveau in Riga, over one third of all buildings in Rigaare built in the Art Nouveau style. We will explore the city’sarchitecture during a walking tour with our local guide and a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum (Rigas Jugendstila Centrs).

Turaida Castle, set in the Gauja National Park the castle was built in the 13th century as a residence for the archbishops. The huge tower offers spectacular views over the surrounding area and within the castle grounds is Folk Song Hill, which features a number of beautiful sculptures dedicated to Latvian folklore.

Rundale Palace, possibly the finest palace in the Baltic Republics. The palace was built between 1736 and 1768 for the Duke of Courland by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, famous as the architect of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. The palace is an outstanding blend of Baroque architecture and Rococo decorative art, with gardens modelled on those of Versailles.

Jurmala, the historic seaside resort features many romantic streets lined with charming wooden art-nouveau summer cottages, constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and adorned with ornate and imaginative carvings that decorate window frames, facades, and roofs.

The tour price includes: return UK airport transfers, 5 nights’bed and breakfast accommodation at the 4 star Hotel Justus, welcome drink, dinner in the hotel restaurant on the day of arrival, farewell dinner in a local restaurant, one lunch, boat trip on Riga Canal, services of a local guide, all coach transfers in Latvia, all booking and entrance fees and gratuities.

 

Please contact Nancy Bettelley on nancybettelley@hotmail.co.uk