FAM trip in Latvia to Lithuania for USA participants

23.10. Wednesday

Radisson1Breakfast at the hotel “Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel” 4*.
Address: Elizabetes iela 55, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia 
The 90m tall Radisson Blu hotel with its 571 hotel rooms is located in the city center, making the nearby beautiful streets and attractions easy to explore. In addition to the upscale surroundings, you can pamper yourself with a tempting selection of high-quality treatments at our on-site ESPA spa. Radison Blu Latvija also offers the Conference and Events Center, which boasts a capacity of 2,500 guests across its various rooms. Largest room can seat 1,100 participants and comes with free high-speed Wi-Fi, plus the latest audiovisual technology and caterers - Esplanade Restaurant serves offers a mix of regional and international cuisine, while D'vine can prepare tasty tapas, special business lunches and more.
08:45 Meeting at the hotels’ lobby.
Old Riga08:45-09:45 Guided Old Town Rīga tour. 
Guide: Old Town Riga is a popular entertainment district in the historical and geographical centre of the Latvian capital, featuring cobble-stone streets and an abundance of architectural gems. From late Romanesque and Gothic architecture that has been part of the city's oldest structures since the beginning of the 13th century, to the buildings of the 19th century. Step-by-step, you will be able to follow the history of the second oldest Hanseatic City of the Baltics: Jāņa Sēta, Konventa Sēta, St. Peter's Church, Town Hall Square, the House of the Blackheads, the Guild Houses (Lielā Ģilde and Mazā Ģilde), Riga Cathedral, Art Museum "Riga Bourse", the ancient Order Castle, remains of the fortification wall, the parliament building, and others.

Riga Market10:25-11:25 Centrālais Gastro Market food court at Riga Central Market.
Address: Centrāltirgus iela, 3 k.2, Rīga
This new section of the market covers half of one of its Zeppelin style hangars and features over 20 different caterers and 2 bars. It is possible to find Prosecco, oysters, pizza, craft beer, gastro hot dogs, ramen, thai soup, raw food, falafel and pretty much most food types on offer.
11:40-12:40 Cooking together with the chef at the “3 Chefs Restaurant”.
12:40-14:00 Lunch at the “3 Chefs Restaurant”.

14:10-14:30 Guided walk along the main Art Noveau street in Riga - Alberta street
Address: Alberta street,
Alberta Street is the Art Nouveau epicentre of Riga, as magnificent historical Art Nouveau buildings are located along the entire length thereof. Eight of them have been recognised as architectural monuments of state significance.
AC Mariott14:30-15:10 Hotel inspection: AC Hotel by Marriott Riga 4*
Address: Dzirnavu iela 33, Rīga
AC Hotel by Marriott Riga, conveniently located in the charming Art Nouveau district in Riga City Quiet Centre, will let you escape the noise of central area while being only minutes away from Riga Old Town and city’s main attractions.Featuring 239 hotel guest rooms and suites, AC Hotel by Marriott Riga also offers 4 multi-functional conference rooms, situated on the hotel’s upper floor, with the capacity of the largest meeting room being 184 guests.
Riga Black Balsam degustation
Latvijas balzams is a leading producer of alcohol beverages in the Baltics with a history steeped in tradition since 1900. The company has two production facilities in Riga – a distillery of strong alcohol beverages and sparkling wines and a light alcoholic beverages production plant. AS Latvijas balzams provides work for more than 600 employees
Transfer to Jūrmala City
Check in Hotel Jūrmala SPA and dinner

Address: Jomas iela 47/49, Jūrmala.
The spa and conference hotel is one of the largest spa hotels in the Baltics and offers a wide range of services to ensure a convenient stay for corporate clients as well a lovely holiday for families and those guests, who seek a romantic getaway! 

24.10. Thursday

8.00. Breakfast at Hotel Jūrmala SPA
9.00 transfer 45 min
09:45 -  11.30 Abava Winery
Established in 2010, ABAVAS winery is largest and best known premium craft winery in Latvia owned and run by Barkans family. While northern grape growing still is experimental and full of challenges, their fruit wines, ciders and distilled spirits have fast become a success story both locally and abroad. They have have dedicated partners in Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Italy, United Kingdom and the list keeps expanding rapidly.
Transfer  1h 20 min
12.45- 13.45  Rundāle palace
Rundale Palace ensemble – the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo architecture and art in Latvia. The palace was built for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron based on the project by architect F.B.Rastrelli during two time periods – from 1736 till 1749 and from 1764 till 1768. Most of the interior decorations were created by the sculptor J.M.Graff and artists F.Martini and C.Zucchi. Three staterooms are open to public in the eastern wing of the palace - the Gold Hall, White Hall and Grand Gallery.
The exhibition halls hold exhibitions of decorative arts, fine arts and culture and history, the Palace hosts an Early Music Festival and concerts of classical music.
Visitors are welcome to see the French Regular Park with a rose garden, the Green Theatre, ornamental parterre and a fountain. In summers the park hosts Garden parties. 
Transfer  20 min
14.15 -15.15.  Lunch at Hotel Miķelis
15.15.-16.15 Hotel Miķelis inspection
Hotel and restaurant "Miķelis", the part of recreation complex "Miķelis", is located only 12 km from Bauska, Gailisi parish, on the banks of Musa river. The hotel has 18 rooms with 44 beds, including 4 bunk family rooms. The restaurant has a banquet hall for parties, seminars, and presentations for up to 80 people, a summer terrace, as well as a beautiful, harmonious place for marriage ceremonies and wedding celebrations in the open air. 
15min transfer
16.15 – 17.15 Bauska Castle
Bauska Castle is situated on a picturesque spit of land where the Mūsa and Mēmele rivers converge into the Lielupe. The Bauska Castle ensemble consists of two sections. Livonian Order Castle, built in the middle of the 15th century, is the oldest one - with only ruins remaining. A more recent part of the ensemble, built in the late 16th century, is the residence of the Kettlers, the Dukes of Courland.
Transfer  15 min

17.30 -18.30  Laima Ceramics. Ceramics masteclass.
Guided tour around the Laima Ceramics ceramic studio and demonstration of ceramic processes. It is possible to do a creative workshop and make something for yourself (allow at least 3 weeks to get it fired and glazed). Custom made workshops suited for your wishes.
Trasnfer 10 min
18.40 Check in at Mazmežotne manor
The 4-star Mazmežotne Manor Hotel is a quite haven in a scenic location on the River Lielupe, just minutes from some of Latvia’s top visitor attractions – Rundale Palace and Bauska Castle. Guests can enjoy meals at the onsite restaurant, indulge in spa treatments, and hire rooms for celebrations, events and seminars. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers can enjoy the area through cycling, boating and hiking.
In 2018, Dame Helen Mirren stayed at the manor while filming at the nearby Rundale Palace.
19.00 – 19.45 Mazmežotne hotel inspection and dinner

25.10. Saturday

Breakfast at Mazmežotne manor
9.00 Transfer to Vilnius

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6 to 14 May 2024
Vilnius, Lithuania

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