Valmiera, Cesis, The Gauja National Park, Riga city


October 19, Saturday

Drive from Parnu to Liepupe
Overnight stay in Liepupe manor


October 20, Sunday


09:00 - 10:15 Drive from Liepupe to Valmiermuiza
10:15 - 11:30 visit of Valmiermuiza brewery
11:30 - 12:15 drive from Valmiermuiza to Cesis
12:15 - 13:30 Cesis castle visit
Cesis Medieval castle the origin of Cesis town dates back to 800 years long history. The first chronic record of Cesis is connected with The Cesis Castle, and the town was built around it. Over the centuries The Castle shared its history with the town of Cesis through battles with Russian, Polish and Swedish troops. Repeatedly built and expanded The Castle got its present architectural appearance at the beginning of the 16th century. 
13:30 -14:45 Lunch in hotel Vanadzins
14:45 - 15:00 Drive from Cesis to Araisi
15:00 - 16:00 Visit of Araisi
16:00 - 16:45 Drive from Araisi to Sigulda
16:45 - 18:00 - Creative workshops at Sigulda Castle complex!
Balts Jewelry workshop, Textile workshop, Leather workshop, Traditional wooden walking sticks,
Paper-art workshop 
18:00 – 18:30 Drive from Sigulda to Malpils manor
18:30-19:00 Check-in in Malpils manor
Malpils manor is an outstanding sample of the 19th century Classical architecture featuring an extensive Baroque style park, picturesque landscape and a pond with a bubbly fountain and water lilies.
Mālpils Manor features a luxury-class design hotel and one of the best restaurants in Latvia. Its luxurious halls and parlours are perfect for hosting weddings, special celebrations as well as seminars and banquets. 

19:00 – 20:30 Dinner at Malpils Manor restaurant


October 21, Monday

Breakfast at Malpils Manor restaurant


09:00 - 10:00 Drive from Malpils Manor to Riga.


10:00 - 11:00 Motor Museum
The Museum exposition begins through the story of automotive beginnings – how, step-by-step, mankind invented various devices and technologies, that later made the creation of the automobile possible. It took a 5,000-year journey of inventions and discoveries, to progress from the invention of the wheel to the first automobile.
The exposition presents also the available people’s cars cherished in the Soviet state – Moskviches, Zaparozhets, Volgas and Pobedas, which could be received after waiting in a queue for several years.
11:00 - 11:30 Drive from Motor Museum to Ethnographical Open Air Museum
11:30 - 12:30 Ethnographical Open Air Museum
Since its establishment in 1924, the museum has collected 118 historical buildings from all over Latvia. Riga and all of Latvia’s regions, Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale, and Latgale, are represented here. The buildings have been set up to give visitors a sense of Latvia’s rural landscape.
At the Open-Air Museum you can find farmsteads of Latvian farmers, craftsmen, and fishermen. They all contain permanent exhibitions – household and working tools, interior furnishings – which characterize the time period, the district, and the owner’s vocation.
12:30 – 14:00 Ethnographical Open Air Museum
Lunch in “Priedes krogs” and masterclass of Puzuri decorations
14:00 - 14:30 Drive from Ethnographical Open Air Museum to Old Riga
14:30 - 16:00 Tour in Old Riga
History of the old Hanseatic city, all the most important sights of Riga's Old Town:
Dome Square and Dome Cathedral, Blackheads House and Three Brothers House and others. 
16:00 - 16:30 Check –in in hotel Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel
16:30 - 19:00 Free time

19:00 - 21:00 Welcome event of Baltic Connecting in hotel Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel

 

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