Many people whom I have met on Jerulita Travels told me, that they fell in love with Riga. That they would be happy to visit it again. That, they have a desire for more after the first visit. This is one of the reasons why we offer you 3 days in Riga travel package. Visit Riga to have a cruise on Daugava River, enjoy Latvian food, go to the Art Nouveau Museum, have a walking tour in the Riga old town, and taste the cuisine on the Riga central market. If you do not want to take thw whole package you can order one day tour of Riga.
The best way to get to Riga is through its international airport. It is absolutely safe and simple to take a taxi from the airport. We trust the quality and rates of a red taxi company. At the same time, if you are a fan of the “full service” travel concept, we will take care of your transfers as well.
Get lost in Riga. This is what we suggest on the day of your arrival. I do not mean, that you have to get confused in the old city or on the tram station. I mean, explore the central part of Riga on your own. Find your first experiences and tastes. On the next day, you will have what to tell or to ask your guide.
We will meet you for a welcome drink at the hotel in the evening.
Today, we will explore the biggest city of the Baltic States. I was founded in 1201 by German bishop Albert of Livonia. Riga is known for its Art Nouveau architecture and importance in the Hanseatic League. Our tour in the city center will include Park Vermanes and a statue of Michail Tal – Chess World Champion. The impressive yellow brick building of the biggest Latvian University.
You will see the Freedom Monument, a forty-meter high column with a statue of Milda on top of it. You will walk by the Riga Canal in Esplanade Park.
We’ll drop by the Dome Cathedral, famous for its extraordinary organ music and a midday 20 minutes performance – concerto piccolo. The last organ was installed in 1880′ and has over 6700 pipes. Even if you are not a big fan of organ music, it is worth to spend 20 minutes at noon to listen to this unique and powerful instrument.
The Great and Small Guilds’ houses will tell us about the commercial history of Riga city. Just next to the guilds stands the Cats’ house. Site of a superstitious legend about a merchant and his attempt to join the Great Guild.
Next up, we visit the iconic “Three Brothers” – a trio of houses nestled next to each other, built over different centuries – a great example of evolving architecture in Riga. We’ll see St. Peter Church, famous for the highest spire in Latvia.
The House of the Blackheads, and a Town hall square. We’ll walk through the Beer-brewers street and leave the Old City through the Swedish Gate.
We top off the day tour exploring Riga’s famous district of Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture. Will admire the residences constructed in the years 1885-1915. These most ornate houses were designed by a famous architect of Jewish origins, Michail Eizenshtein.
We will walk onto Gogol Street towards the memorial ruins of the Great Choral Synagogue of Riga, and see the Wall of Righteous Among the Nations. The first Jewish secular school was founded in the 19th century in this neighborhood.
In this same area, Nazi authorities established the Riga Ghetto. Its borders altered a few times and there were two main areas: the Small Ghetto and the “Reichs Juden” Ghetto. Next, we’ll see the Old-New Synagogue on Maskavas street, and Hospital “Bikur Holim,” established in 1924.
After a short drive, we’ll reach the eastern border of the Jewish settlement – the Old Jewish Cemetery, which was devastated during WWII. Today, there stands a memorial and park where local people stroll around.
Visit Rumbula Holocaust Memorial, where the Nazis and their local collaborators murdered thousands of Jews from Latvia, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. The last Holocaust and Genocide-related site on our tour is Salaspils – the memorial site of a former concentration camp.
Most of the tours offer you visiting Rundale Palace or the town of Sigulda. We want to take you off the beaten path.
Let’s drive to western Latvia, and visit a lot of small towns and the seaside. Visit a deer park near Ventspils city. The Deer Park near Būšnieku Lake is inhabited by red deer, roes, which can be observed from the 6.5 m high watchtower. Visit the city center and MONUMENT TO THE FOUNDER OF THE LATVIAN SEAFARING KRIŠJĀNIS VALDEMĀRS.
You will find the largest anchor next to the Park’s entrance. It weighs 23 tons and towers 6 m in height. The Park also has an abundance of flowers and greenery, a children’s play castle and nice nooks for rest. The steam engine Mazbānītis of the Seaside Open-air Museum runs through the Park. The Anchor Trail winds through the Jūrmala Park and along its length displays the largest anchors of the Seaside Open Air Museum.
Drive to Būšnieku lake – a wonderful place for fans of leisure activity, whose natural beauty now can be enjoyed not only by the swimmers and boaters but also by cyclists, runners, someone who enjoys walks and ornithologists.
Visit Kuldiga – “the Venice of the North“. It is in Kuldiga is an endearing blend of flowing water and historic buildings on the candidate list for UNESCO world heritage listing.
Kuldiga hosts magnificent Baroque Town Hall. Just a little way away, bask in atmospheric cobblestone streets lined with restored timber houses, babbling streams, and green parks.
You can order additional excursions or spend some time on your own. We will be happy to help you with additional transfers and guides if needed.
Destination Management Company JeruLita operates private tours and groups in cooperation with our partners. We will be glad to accommodate you in a private tour or will direct you to travel expert in your country who will register you to the groups we operate.