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Latvia is a mystical destination abound with varying landscapes. One can wander through the cobble stone alleyways of the capital city, stroll along a stretch of beach over 300 miles long, or explore the dense pine forests that cover nearly half of the entire country. Located in the Baltic region between Lithuania and Estonia, Latvia is the perfect country to visit during any of the four seasons. Admire the notable art nouveau architecture in Riga, its medieval Old Town and open-air museums, and incredible local food and music. Relax in a sunny square in town and enjoy beer gardens and quaint cafes. Enjoy the abundance of mostly untouched forest that will appeal to nature and photography lovers alike, giving those a peaceful escape from bustling towns and cities.

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New Small Group Tour Highlights of the Baltics
Explore the best of the Baltics: Historic Vilnius in Lithuania; beautiful Riga, the “Paris of the North” in Latvia; Tallinn, the medieval capital of Estonia.
from $2899 w/ Flights from $2299 Tour Only 11 days
per person, double occupancy*

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Highlights

  1. Riga

    Sitting along the banks of the Baltic Sea and often referred to as the “Paris of the North”, Riga is Latvia’s historic capital city. This cultural epicenter is home to a plethora of museums, concert halls, castles, cathedrals, and so much more. The capital is well known for its iconic Art Nouveau architecture found throughout and its medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the true heart of Riga. Travelers can stroll along the Old Town’s cobblestone streets, admiring the well-preserved buildings around every corner and enjoying the charming cafés, rich history, and cultural atmosphere. Other staples of Riga include the Swedish Gate, Riga’s Castle, the Monument of Liberty, St. Peter’s Church, and the Dome Cathedral, home to one of Europe’s largest organs!
  2. Art Nouveau

    Art Nouveau architecture is an iconic part of what makes Riga, Riga! This artistic style of can be seen in about a third of all buildings in Riga, making the capital city home to the most Art Nouveau architecture in all of the world. Most of the buildings were constructed in the early 1900s with ornate designs, arched doorways, and elaborate geometric forms. Art Nouveau was the first example of modern design, and even extended beyond exterior architecture. This intricate style can also be seen in furniture, silverware, porcelain, and clothing.
  3. Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    Located in the banks of Lake Jugla and a short distance from Riga, Latvia’s Ethnographic Open Air Museum is one of Europe’s oldest and largest open air museums. Many of the museums items on display are in pristine condition due to being collected pre-war. At the museum, guests can witness the similarities and differences between the lifestyles of locals in the various regions in Latvia, as well as gain insight into traditional Latvian farmstead, see examples of blankets woven by the elderly, understand how Latvian’s made a living throughout the centuries, see how locals historically decorated their properties, and so much more! The museum is home to over 100 timeless buildings built between the 17th century and the early 1900s, including churches that display the different faiths present in Latvia. 
  4. Gauja National Park

    The Gauja National Park, also known as the “Switzerland of Latvia”, stands as Latvia’s oldest and largest national park, boasting natural springs, deep caves, picturesque views, historical monuments, and great biodiversity. Established in the early 1970s, the park extends over 300 miles, protecting the most breathtaking parts of the Gauja Valley. Sitting in the heart of the park is the grand Turaida Castle, built in the 13th century as a residence of the Bishop of Riga. The castle allows guests to journey inside and enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. Some of the parks major highlights include sandstone outcrops, towering cliffs, and large caverns waiting for exploration.

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Did you know?
  • Nearly 1 in 3 of Latvia’s two million residents lives in the capital, Riga, which is also known as the Paris of the North.
  • Latvia is home to 12,000 rivers and 3,000 small lakes.
  • Over half of Latvia is forest, making it one of Europe’s greenest countries.
  • Latvia produces more female models per capita than almost any country in the world, following behind Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania and Denmark.
  • Latvia’s current flag design has been in use since 1280.
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

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