Traditional celebrations in the Latvian capital
Each year, Riga's Town Hall Square plays host to a wonderful, picturesque Christmas market, and to a spectacular Christmas tree that continues the tradition of tree decorating that's said to have begun here over 500 years ago. Join us to discover this fascinating historic city.
Fly to Riga, then board our coach for the short trip into the heart of the city to your hotel. After check-in, head out to enjoy your first evening here. You'll find a host of cafes and restaurants to choose from as the lights of the shops and bars bring colour and warmth to the crisp, wintry air.
Set on the bank of the Daugava River, Riga is a city of striking ultramodern buildings arranged around a walled, historic core.
On our guided tour you'll see the Dutch-influenced 'House of the Blackheads', Riga Castle, the towering Freedom Monument and both of the city's magnificent cathedrals. The city's Quiet Centre district boasts some of the best-preserved Art Nouveau architecture in the world, while Dome Square beside the cathedral in the old town is home to the city's second wonderful traditional Christmas market.
Discover more of the city today, or join our first optional excursion into beautiful Gauja National Park. Here, ancient forests shelter elk, European bison and brown bears, while the Turaida Museum Reserve chronicles Latvian history and culture.
Later, join our second optional excursion and complete your visit to Riga with a trip to a traditional tavern for an evening of local food and drink, and live folk music.
Today you'll transfer back to the airport to board your flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Please note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveler, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £30 per bag.