In close with Vidzeme primeval nature

2 days tour

Latvia has many areas totally untouched by man. On this journey you will get close to these pristine sites by walking along white dunes and rocky seashores, climbing sandstone outcrops and following nature trails and rivers through deep forests.
In Vidzeme you can enjoy the picturesque beauty of rivers and lakes, rejoice in the landscapes of forests, meadows, hills and valleys, feel the history in medieval castles, manors and romantic parks. The oldest towns of Vidzeme keep the most significant cultural and architectural heritage, each with its own charm, history and culture. Tourists are drawn by the varied offer for active tourism – adventure parks, water tourism and bicycle routes, skiing hills and tracks, as well as countryside houses and workshops of various crafts for leisurely holidays with enjoying the goodies of countryside, taking baths and learning one of the ancient Latvian crafts. Walks in the Gauja National Park and along Vidzeme seaside with both sandy beaches and stony creeks and even sandstone cliffs will ensure you never forget your holidays.

Rīga – Sigulda – Līgatne – Cēsis
08:00 Transfer from the hotel to Sigulda

09:15 Sigulda sports and active leisure centre
In winter, the centre home to the only artificially cooled cross-country ski track in Eastern Europe, and in summer, it's used for roller-skating, roller-skiing, Nordic walking, running and cycling. The centre also houses a wooden adventure tower for teambuilding activities.

09:45 Sigulda bobsleigh and luge track
The only track of its kind in the Baltics, used by professionals for both practice and competitions. In 2015, Sigulda will host the world luge championships. Visitors to the track can take an exhilarating ride in a bob all year round.

10:15 Sigulda Livonian Order Castle
Discover how the Livonian Order was formed and how it worked, how its members dressed and armed themselves in Medieval times. Enjoy a coffee break in the tower castle.

11:15 Tarzans adventure park
In summer, Tarzans operates an obstacle course in the trees, a toboggan track and a chairlift. In winter, the snow-capped mountains and international competitions have ensured Sigulda's reputation as being Latvia's winter sports capital. Enjoy a ride on the chairlift.

11:40 Cable car across the River Gauja
The only cable car in the Baltics will take you across the ancient valley of the River Gauja, providing beautiful scenic views over Sigulda's sites and Turaida Castle.

12:00 Tour of the Turaida Museum Reserve
The most visited museum in Latvia boasts over 200 000 visitors a year. During your visit, you will learn about local history and culture over the last 1000 years and explore the Medieval castle and church. This is a very popular destination in autumn when the leaves turn orange, red and gold.

13:30 Lunch at Fazenda restaurant
Fazenda specialises in preparing seasonal, locally-sourced meals.

15:00 Līgatne nature trails, spoon workshop & wine tasting in the Līgatne caves

17:00 Vienkoči park
Wooden sculpture trail and woodcraft museum.

18:00 Ieriķi watermill nature trail and light show

19:00 Medieval dinner at Cēsis Livonian Order Castle

21:30 Check in to the *** Kolonna Hotel Cēsis

Cēsis – Ungurmuiža – Limbaži – Vidzeme Coast – Rīga
Breakfast and check out from the hotel

09:00 Tour of Cēsis
Medieval Old Town, Cēsis Concert Hall, Mala art space, Siļķes art workshop

12:30 Tour of the grounds and lunch at Ungurmuiža manor house
Ungurmuiža manor house ensemble with its Baroque style manor house is the only architectural monument of the 18th century wooden buildings preserved in Latvia.

14:35 Tour of Limbaži
Lielezers rowing centre (or bread baking at Lielezers bakery in case of bad weather), former fire depot, Museum of Living Silver.

17:15 Liepupes muiža (Liepupe Manor)
Liepupe manor house was built in 1751 and remains one of the most prominent pieces of baroque architectural heritage in Latvia. It houses a hotel, spa and restaurant, and hosts activities such as bread.

18:05 Dinner at Lauču akmens restaurant with a view across the Baltic Sea
Opportunity to take a short walk along the beach.

19:35 Transfer to Rīga
The route will take the group through the resort town of Saulkrasti. In good weather, the driver will make a short stop at Baltā kāpa (White Sand Dune).

~21:00 Arrival at the hotel in Rīga

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