Riga Christmas Markets
- Duration: 4 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW19552
- Travel Type: Air
3 nights. December 2018. From £389.00.
Enjoy a festive break in the historic Latvian capital, where a wonderful market is held on picturesque Old Town Square, beneath a brightly decorated tree - appropriately for a city where the tradition is said to have begun over 500 years ago.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsA guided walking tour of Riga
Free time to enjoy the city's traditional Christmas Market
Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the centrally located, four-star Avalon Hotel, Riga
Return flights to Riga
Return airport-to-hotel transfers
One piece of hold luggage per couple
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Riga and upon arrival transfer into the heart of the city and your hotel. After checking in, enjoy your first evening in the Baltic States' largest city. A host of cafes, bars and restaurants caters to all tastes and pockets, and the lights of the shops and stores bring colour and warmth to the crisp, wintry air.
Day TwoA guided tour will lift the veil on Riga's fascinating past and will showcase the sights of one of Europe's most rapidly growing cities. Set on the bank of the Daugava River, the city boasts several ultra-modern buildings around its walled central core. The lovingly reconstructed Dutch-influenced 'House of the Blackheads', several large churches, Riga Castle with its museums, the towering Freedom Monument and two magnificent cathedrals add to the attraction, which is crowned by the Art Nouveau glories of UNESCO-listed 'Quiet Centre' district and restored Town Hall Square, site of another wonderful Christmas market, with its traditional wares and warming foodstuffs.
This evening why not join our optional Latvian Folklore evening in a local restaurant, a short walk away from the hotel, with live music and dancing.
Day ThreeDiscover more of the city today, or join the optional excursion, journeying into the beautiful landscape of the Gauja National Park, a forested, alpine refuge for elk, European bison and brown bears, among other species, and where the Turaida Museum Reserve chronicles Latvian history and culture.
End your visit to this wonderful city by joining the optional traditional Latvian evening in a local tavern, where in addition to local fare, you will enjoy live folk music.
Day FourTransfer back to the airport for the return flight. Back to top
AccommodationWellton Riga Hotel & Spa
This recently opened hotel is located in the heart of the Old Town and a five- to ten-minute walk from the Christmas Markets in Livu and Doma Squares. There are also a number of sights, bars, restaurants, and shops close by.
The hotel has a well appointed Spa, a tapas restaurant, a bar and a lounge area, and offers Wi-Fi throughout.
Bedrooms boast minibars, safes, TV, telephones, air conditioning/heating and irons.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe 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.
Special requirementsIf 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.
Disabled accessThe 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.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, 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.
Luggage AllowanceFor two people travelling together on one booking, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage allowance can be purchased direct from the airline when you check in for your flight.
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