Explore Latvia's capital Riga on this 4-day weekend city break. Learn about Riga's rich history on a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town and visit the vibrant Kalnciema Quarter. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets, admire the beautiful architecture and discover the array of cultural experiences Riga has to offer.
Upon arrival at Riga airport, you'll be met and transferred to our centrally located hotel in Latvia's capital. Spend the day at leisure and this evening join the welcome meeting in the hotel lobby, at around 7pm, with champagne-cocktail or juice.
Riga Old Town
As the largest of the three Baltic capitals, Riga boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Founded by the German bishop Albert in 1201, learn about its rich history on this 4-day city break. Today you'll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, including Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds, along with other fascinating parts of the city which uphold the city's richest history.
The afternoon is free to explore this Baltic city independently or you can join the optional tour to the Riga Art Nouveau district and a visit to the Art Nouveau museum (book and pay locally). This evening there's an optional contemporary Latvian cuisine dinner at Restaurant Kalku Varti (book and pay locally).
Overnight: Riga | Breakfast
The Kalnciema Quarter
Today we visit the bright and lively Kalnciema Quarter, along the left bank of the Daugava River, in the picturesque area of Pardaugava. The Quarter hosts multiple events for families and children, art exhibitions, plays and more. it is famously known for its weekly markets where local farmers and artisans have been bringing their versatile produce. The renovated wooden buildings contain a Wooden Architecture Centre, wine shop and cafe, a restaurant, an art gallery and a design salon. We end our visit at the Agenskalns market.
The rest of our morning sightseeing varies, dependent upon the date you are travelling:
2nd Nov 23, 16th Nov 23 and 15 Feb 24 departures: These weekends give you opportunity to explore more of Riga arts and crafts and contemporary fashion and design, visiting local craftsman stores in the Old Town and learn about amber and knitted fabric traditions.
16th Nov 23: Celebrate Latvia's independence day during this week-end. On Saturday, festive activities take place in the city including when locals and visitors of the city gather for celebrations.
28th Mar 24: This weekend we will celebrate Easter holiday holidays in Riga.
The afternoon is free to explore Riga independently or join the optional guided visit to the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (MDAD) (book and pay locally). The museum has been open to the public since 6 July 1989, boasting collection of textile art, ceramic, metal, leather, decorative wood and glass art as well as a design collection. This evening there's the opportunity to attend an optional opera or ballet performance at the Latvian National Opera house, to bring your day to an end.
Overnight: Riga | Breakfast
Your cultural tour of Riga comes to end today with breakfast and check out. Transfer included to Riga airport.
Prices & Dates
All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija, Riga
Ideally situated in the centre of Riga just 400 meters from the historical old town, the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija offers impressive views over the city. The contemporary styled guestrooms are spacious and well equipped to cater for those visiting for leisure, business and even families with children. Guests can soak up the fabulous city views in the stylish Skyline bar located on the 26th floor. Or why not relax and visit the brand new and conceptually unique Spa Riga.