Inspiring weekend in Riga
Arrival to Riga. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Riga.
City tour of Riga, including: Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the buildings of the Great and Small Guild Halls, the fortification wall of Riga, the Swedish Gate, the building of Parliament of Latvia-Saeima, the Monument of Liberty. The tour continues by car along the central boulevards of Riga, passing by City Canal parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the XXth century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, the Opera House, and the Daugava River with its bridges.
After lunch visit to Sigulda, a historically rich town, dominated by castle ruins and unspoiled nature, it's a tourist center of the Gauja National Park. The Park has been established along the sandstone banks of the River Gauja - the most striking river in Latvia. The area of the Park is 900 sq. km. There are beautiful forests, hills, deep ravines, old castles and caves. One of the "must see" places is Turaida castle - wait to hear a famous story of Turaida's Rose.
Overnight in Riga.
Visit to Rundale Palace - Baroque Rundale Palace with an excellent museum in the former Courland Dukes' palace, this is an outstanding example of the early work of Italian - Russian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli who also designed the famous Winter Palace in St.Petersburg. The professionally renovated palace interiors are decorated with authentic 18th century furniture, paintings and china, though apart of the interior you‘ll see perfectly planted French style gardens.